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KingTouch & DeKea’Y – KWVRENTN

Written by on September 8, 2020

That these Mpumalanga and Northern Cape musos are not better known is a shame – but thanks to House Afrika, that’s about to be remedied.

They’re both prolific producers, on their own and in various partnerships, with pages of tracks on online stores like Traxsource, but this dramatic ten-tracker contains a bounty of soulful and spacious amapiano that should send them overground.

Deceptively titled, ‘Deep House Affair’ kicks us off at a slow clip, with atmospheres akin to the Afro-tech style and an auto-tuned vocal. The genteel opener gives way to ‘Hambisa’, another spare and lush kicker that picks up momentum with an intricate bassline and looped vocal snippet.

The vocals then come into focus on ‘Inhliziyo’, with female singer Fatso adding a dollop of sweetness; and on ‘Jolani’, where the phrase repeats like a dancefloor coda. ‘Kwvrentn’ features Geraldo The Vocalist & Unlimited singing, fittingly, about corona and quarantine – a strange new world without dancefloors – over a suspenseful track.

It’s followed by ‘Kwvrentn P2’, with Morgan7 lending kwaito-like rhymes to the whistle-laden vibes. On ‘Luv’, Darker & ZarMa add their nostalgia-tinged voices to a sunnier song; then Tee-R Musiq and Geraldo The Vocalist continue to the upward trajectory of mood on ‘Oska Sokola’.

If ‘Manywempe’ is somewhat mournful, closer ‘Ukuxhosa’ is the light at the end of the tunnel, with Geraldo The Vocalist contributing a lovely vocal to the bright synths and driving bassline.

‘KWVRENTN’ is essential amapiano for tender times – relevant and sentimental, its rickety kicks conveying an entire mood. If we get clubs opened this summer, expect it to get heavy plays.

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