Keeping things simple this week, with four music videos you should listen to/watch at work today.
“South African producer Gervase Gordon recently signed to Hyperdub. Which makes him the label's first Gqom artist. Sort of. That scene — born in Durban and rapidly encroaching across the globe — for those not in the know, is a kind of hybrid of kwaito, skeletally minimal house, and the rollingly glacial tropes of contemporary rap and hip hop production. It's vital, energetic, unusual music; perfect for those of us who occasionally forget that music's meant to excite.
Gordon produces as Okzharp and Duemla 113 is his first EP for the South London label. Translating as "Hello 113" the title's a reference to Gordon's collaborator'sManthe Ribane's Studio113, a creative agency/studio based in Capetown. Ribane's a dancer, model, stylist, photographer and singer. Gordon's got polymathic tendencies too, so the pair are a match made in heaven. South African director Chris Saunders brought them together while shooting a film called Ghost Diamond.” — Thump.
This neo soul band made up of Odd Future members Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians, as well as Jameel Bruner, Patrick Paige, Christopher A. Smith, and Steve Lacy, continues going from strength to strength as soul & R&B continue their revival through the likes of Miguel, Frank Ocean & Janelle Monáe.
Aussie future-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote’s track comes from Choose Your Weapon, the band's follow-up to their 2012 Grammy-nominated debut Tawk Tomahawk. They wrote the song out of a motivation to impress Stevie Wonder, whose influence on the track is evident in the strong synth bass line and mid-song key change.
The genre-bending 19-year old Raury from Atlanta takes a stroll through his hometown neighborhood as he tells the tell of d-boys trapped in the trap.