Boomkat Product Review:
Finely graded mutations of South African House, Hyperdub style, from London-based SA native Okzharp and his Soweto-based vocalist/muse, Manthe Ribane, pushing the smooth curves and sensual minimalism of their 113 EP into smart new niches.
The clipped, hip-driving diction of Okzharp underlines Manthe’s loosely scattershot raps and sawn-off syllables, delivered in Sepedi dialect in four parts.
Teleported was written in Okzharp’s car on a dérive thru London, translating the city’s scrolling markers into a hunched bogle with Manthe urging you to “Tell your vision!”, or take inspiration from your surroundings (if you can look up from your phone for long enough), before the beat recedes to a sort of weightless grime shades away from Mr. Mitch in B U, with Manthe switching to floating, bluesy delivery.
Maybe Thisalso exemplifies Manthe’s versatility with a doubled-up, scatty rap on a tri-step twyst bubbling up with flash synth chords, before presenting herself in autotune on the slope gradients of Piki Piki to sound like Jam City dicing with the Bala Club squad.