Johannesburg’s Spoek Mathambo (real name: Nthato Mokgata) first hotwired our world with a series of collaborative projects—Sweat X, Playdoe—that placed his smart, dirty vocals on top of electro-rap bangers that activated dancefloors across the globe. Things went darker and deeper with his 2010 debut album, Mshini Wam (translation: “bring me my machine”), a record which took Spoek’s love affair with South African culture and his coined “township tech” as a starting point. As always, he pulled those influences in a direction all his own (think: a pitched-down wobble-house cover of Joy Division’s “She’s Lost Control”). Mathambo topped things off with a grip of visually thrilling videos depicting a fresh-to-death urban gothic vibe, and months of touring across US, Europe, and South America.
I’d never heard of Spoek Mathambo before. I listened to a track called “Stuck Together” from his upcoming album. Now I want to hear the rest of the tracks from the album, and possibly purchase the album. (It’s not out yet. When it is, I’ll obtain the LP.)
That’s not something that happens often. It’s especially rare for an album of “Electro-Rap Bangers” to catch my attention. Go listen. Disappointed you will not be.