Boomkat Product Review:
Remastered reissue of addictively tuneful synth-disco/bubblegum/electro-boogie from South Africa’s On Record label, c.1987-89
As showcased in a wellspring of welcome reissues, SA made an invaluable contribution to the global house phenomena of the late ‘80s which is perhaps only being properly realised now, 30 years later.
This plate strongly backs up that argument with surefire belters by The Bees and Little Big Man, whose original copies trade for understandably high amounts on the 2nd hand market.
The Bees take the A-side with the rudely swung bassline magick and harmonised vocals of ‘Mjondolo’, plus the killer, jagged FM bass twang and dancefloor plead of their in-demand heater, ’She’s A Witch’ (1988). Flipside, it’s all about Themba Wawelela aka Little Big Man and the more soulful pressure of ‘Don’t Do It’ and the uptempo bustle of ‘Leribe’ with its seesawing synth lead, tickled marimba and harmonious vocal.