House Afrika again shine a light on the most exciting suppliers of deep
Written by HARadio on April 16, 2018
Mzansi House Vol. 8
Fka Mash. Pierre Johnson. Sean Munnick. Brewed Souls.
HAR201803. 27th July 2018.
Various Artists – Mzansi House 8
The ever-seminal examination of the SA house scene, ‘Mzansi House’, is back with an essential eighth edition.
As usual, it’s a bumper 4-disc collection that shines a spotlight on Mzansi’s most promising young producers – this time around, Fka Mash, Pierre Johnson, Sean Munnick, and Brewed Souls.
Fka Mash kicks off with ‘The Sound of Triumph’, a description that doesn’t disappoint. Another child prodigy – he started producing on Fruity Loops at the age of eleven – he’s recently gained a lot of recognition for his work on the Stay True Sounds label – tracks like “No Talking”, which is included here, along with originals and collaborations with Samthing Soweto, Tahir Jones, Myazisto, and Naak Musiq. The sound is slow, low, and lively, with heady synth swirls, rhythms that border on kwaito, and plucky basslines.
Up next is Pierre Johnson, a deep house producer/DJ based in Cape Town who’s been plying his trade since he hit his teens. His mix, subtitled ‘Outsiders’, has features from Jazzuelle, Chris Jay, and Lazarusman, and showcases his trademark easygoing electronic style, with dreamy keyboard washes, jazzy flourishes and occasional vocals riding considered beats and deep basslines. It also contains the track “CURE”, already a major hit on radio and in the clubs.
Sean Munnick, who has also released on Stay True Sounds, as well as the Dirtybird label, steps up next. His contribution features a number of cuts from Four7, his late brother Neelan’s collaborative project with Luke Mains, and further hook-ups with Wesley Keet, Des’Rae, and Daev Martian. Stylistically it’s bright, animated, and underground, with tricky percussive tics and bold chords and basslines that groove understatedly and effortlessly.
Rounding out the quartet is Brewed Souls with their ‘Past, Present & Future’ selection. The Pietermaritzburg-based duo of Griffith Malo and Njebster have graced House Afrika compilations many times before, and also appeared on Andy Compton’s Peng label. Here they raid their discography for their most spaced-out, jazzed-up, and deliciously percussive tracks.
It’s a fittingly dramatic end to a robust collection of future-facing African dance music, and a must-cop.
Disc 1: Fka Mash – The Sound Of Triumph
01. Fka Mash – Sgidla Va
02. Fka Mash feat. Samthing Soweto – Get Down
03. Fka Mash feat. Tahir Jones – Letting You Go
04. Afro Warriors feat. Toshi – Uyankentenza (Fka Mash Glitch Dub)
05. Fka Mash – We Belong To The Night
06. Fka Mash – No Talking
07. Fka Mash – Superhero Complex
08. Fka Mash feat. Naak Musiq – Feelings
09. Fka Mash – Something For The Sunset
10. Fka Mash feat. Myazisto – Oslo
Disc 2: Pierre Johnson – Outsiders
01. Pierre Johnson feat. Jazzuelle – Like Home (Interlude)
02. Pierre Johnson & Chris Jay – CPH4 (Original Mix)
03. Pierre Johnson – Trust Like No Other (Original Mix)
04. Pierre Johnson – Astrophysics (Original Mix)
05. Pierre Johnson – CURE (Original Mix)
06. Pierre Johnson – The Fear (Original Mix)
07. Pierre Johnson – Movin’ On (Original Mix)
08. Pierre Johnson feat. The Lazarusman – One Mind (Original Mix)
09. Pierre Johnson & !Sooks – Miles Away (Original Mix)
10. Pierre Johnson & Chris Jay – Kaizen (Original Mix)
Disc 3: Sean Munnick – Synchronized Melodies
01. Four7 – Hold On
02. Sean Munnick feat. Wesley Keet – Time
03. Four7 – Alone
04. Four7 & Sean Munnick – 2014
05. Four7 feat. Des’Rae – Show Me The Way
06. Sean Munnick – I Duno
07. Sean Munnick feat. Daev Martian – Week n Chill
08. Sean Munnick – Love Letter
09. Sean Munnick – Should Have Known
10. Sean Munnick – Flashbacks
Disc 4: Brewed Souls – Past, Present & Future
01. Brewed Souls – Pray Until Something Happens
02. Brewed Souls – D.N.A
03. Brewed Souls – The Arsenal
04. Brewed Souls – So Cold (Original Vocal Mix)
05. Brewed Souls – Is It All (Original Vocal Mix)
06. Brewed Souls – Undenzeni Na (Original Vocal Mix)
07. Brewed Souls – Things You Do (Original Vocal Mix)
08. Brewed Souls – The Garage
09. Brewed Souls – 925
10. Brewed Souls – Roads Ahead