Boomkat Product Review:
Crucial drop of clockworked-hipped Kwaito from South Africa, 2005-06, scanning the playful precedent of Gqom for seven goodies out of Pretoria
Perhaps best to known to ravers outside SA for classics from DJ Mujava and DJ Cndo, Kwaito was the region’s dominant dance sound during the mid-late ’00s, and paralleled or even predated to some extents UKF up our way. ‘Drums of Pitori’ is a mesmerising survey of works by Machance and his spar DJ Abbas, who passed away in 2008. PSSNGR and Promesses jointly provide the first official international dispatch of their work, shelling seven proper heaters peppered with Machance’s call-and-response vocals and charmingly time-stamped to that era with the likes of ’Nokia’ making use of ringtones on a wicked blend of minor key motifs and that signature martial machine drive.
For the DJs and dancers, this lot are low-key must checks. ‘He Kheya Ndon’ comes on a crisp, bubbling sort of ‘90s house flex with ohrwurmign vocal stabs, and were really partial to the gasping samples and splashy drums of ‘Kuku’, while the choral stabs and rolling snares of ‘Ledombolo’ can’;t help but call to mind Belgian new beat to our lugs, and who can deny the similarities between ‘Thula Mazenke’ or ‘Mahwafa’ and UKF bangers from Mario, Scotti Dee or DVA - Just add garage subs?