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Take One for the Team

Take One for the Team

by Dave Durbach / 25.02.2010

The terminal popularity of house is disturbing evidence to the pessimist in me that original music is dying a slow and steady death – embodied (read embalmed) in house’s formulaic beats, recycled samples and endless internet remixes. Nevertheless, because of the undeniable fact that this genre and its myriad sub-scenes continue to thrive in all corners of the world, including right here in SA, I try to keep an eye on proceedings.

Kyle Watson is a young producer from Jozi making waves in Europe and the US. He played last week at the famed Ministry of Sound in London – no small feat for someone barely into his twenties. His new 3-track EP Take One for the Team has recently been released on Dandy Kid Records in the UK, a leader in the so-called “fidget” scene (typified by adjectives like “glitchy”, “bouncy”, “jackin’” and, undoubtedly, “phat”) and otherwise purveyor of ghettotech (a la Sweat.X). It’s the follow-up to the track, ‘Fresh and Bouncy’ released last year on Chicago-based label Potty Mouth Music.

The three tracks on Take One for the Team – ‘Ain’t No Steppin’, ‘Bouncing Purple Knickers’ and ‘HopSkipJack’ – have already featured strongly on popular online EDM platform Beatport. Though I can hardly distinguish between them, all are apparently classic yet fresh fidget house. All super-heavy bass, rave-style buildups, dirty yet repetitive grooves and some squelchy breakbeat interludes. Think African Dope at double-speed. It’s built for the club, and that’s where it belongs. For those who like their music hard, fun and in-your-face, this is for you. But not for me.

(Random fact 1: more proof that SA is making inroads in global house – eminent fidget act Defunct! just put out an EP called Fokkin Lekker on Dandy Kid, including a remix by KW.)

(Random fact 2: KW’s father is Malcolm “Mally” Watson, pioneer of electronic music production in South Africa and producer of Brenda Fassie’s first few albums in the mid-80s, among many others.)

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  1. benito musclelini says:

    Okay, so this is what patriotism now means in the days of impending World Cup – advocating the support of successful local artists whose music you actually don’t care much for at all. Where’s the sincerity in all of this, dude?

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Where would the sincerity be in only reviewing artists I like? What’s wrong with spreading the word about a hard-working dude who’s getting a bigger following overseas than at home? The sincerity lies in giving local artists exposure, giving one’s opinion while retaining some objectivity. House music sells more than just about anything else in this or any other country – millions of people like it. That alone warrants some exposure here. This is a good record, but it’s not like I’m going to get enthusiastic about it, simply because it’s not my thing. We only review local music at Mahala – I don’t think that needs to be called “patriotism”. World Cup? you’ve lost me there…

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  3. snapper says:

    “I can hardly tell the difference between them”… objectivity or just ignorance?
    hey, I’m not into house either, but if Mahala wants to give ‘exposure’ to that scene, find someone who is into it to do so………..

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