As exciting the news about Warp's signature of Nozinja was, the now-standard drip feed campaign that's accompanied it will most likely have vexed those out there that just want to buy some wax man! So the label's exact plans with the Shangaan Electro artist may still be under wraps, but Warp have offered a glimpse into the future with this sublime debut. Fans of the Honest Jon's compilation Shangaan Electro won't really need any additional persuasion but if you are not familiar with the hi tempo brand of lo-fi South African dance music Tsekeleke offers a perfect introduction to the sound. Our tip is the haywire vocal mix on the flip. More please Warp!
Crossing cultural and continental divides, this experiment from Bleep finds Shangaan Electro pioneer Nozinja bringing his South African soul to these shores in an exchange with Tessela, a producer whose sound is firmly rooted in the identity of UK electronica. Nozinja's original is a sprightly affair that will appeal to any fans of the Honest Jons Shangaan Electro series of 2012; rich in rapid-fire drum patterns and resplendent with sweet vocal harmonies. Tessela's version of "Wa Chacha" unsurprisingly gets much grubbier, pulling up a wealth of bass-loaded sound design and crafty rhythmic hooks without side-stepping some of the colour that makes Nozinja's source material so energised.
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