Marvin Ramalepe aka DJ Spoko is in the house with a new five tracker for True Panther, his first western release! Having started producing aged 12 in a South African township, and having pioneered the 'Bacardi House' sound, this dude is frankly on fire right now. "Azange" is infectious mid-tempo funk, "Batauweng" is epic and melancholic reggaeton, "Ghombhonyoka" is melodic and deep, "I Remember" is a melancholic ode to the wise warnings of his grandpa and finally "Sounds Of Our Forefathers" is a simply next level; a hauntingly beautiful synth-house odyssey.
Hailing from Pretoria in South Africa, DJ Spoko has to date only issued one EP on True Panther Sounds, but now he steps forward with a whopping great 20-track collection for Lit City Trax (previously known for DJ Rashad and Visionist releases) that will truly announce his distinctly African take on house and UK funky. It's a bright and bold cocktail that works soca rhythms into brash box beats, while the melodies fly in direct and catchy formations. What is most noticeable is how Chicago house traditions have been contorted to fit melodies and grooves more befitting of the geography, making for a distinctive blend of house music with a relevance to dancers and DJs the world over.