Boomkat Product Review:
Soundway dip back into a treasure trove of South African dance music with four edits of cuts from the prototype Bubblegum label, Heads Records, by NYC’s JKriv and Frankie Francis.
As previously covered on the killer Gumba Fire compilation, ‘Bubblegum’ was a South African pop sound that emerged from disco, and would eventually morph into Kwaito, and ultimately even Gqom in the modern day.
These edits neatly buff up the vintage gear for today’s dancefloors, swaggering in with Jkriv’s tuff edit of William & The Young Five’s soulful vocal disco burner You Turn Me On, before Frankie Francis hints at the link between this gear and Gqom in the intro of his edit to Maryanne’s Thabong, before it unfolds as a slickly arppegiated Afro-Italo killer - you really need to check this one!
Flipped Frankie Francis then draws lines between Jo’burg and Paradise Garage in a great 3AM retweak of Adaye’s party anthem Turn It Up, and for good measure, you’ll also find the uncut mix of Starlight’s Picnic, the B-side to a Gumba Fire bewt; Picnicing.