The Nigerian electro-reggae performer Douglas Jack Agu better known as Runtown released the single Mad Over You on the 4th.
Apologies to one and all for the delay in getting back to this as it has been sitting in my inbox for over a week now.
Not without lawsuits over a recording contract with a label in Nigeria – resulting in various representations both in Nigerian and USA Courts – Runtown has once again been able to take ownership of his music and is now able to both tour and release new material.
The first track with his new found freedom – is Mad Over You – not a scornful response, rather a love song.
The South African garage-rock trio Two Stroke released an eponymous three track single on the 11th.
Originally the solo project of Ellenie Eloff and recently evolved to a full line-up this is the first release by Two Stroke as a trio. None of the raw bleeding knuckles of previous work has been lost though by the addition of other players in the creation of the music it does enable a more nuanced sound to emerge from the speakers as each member adds their own technique and interpretation of the songs.
My pick of the Two Stroke single (available on bandcamp) is middle track On Me which has an ’80s new-wave feel to it as ill-tempered drums bounce around the room with pugilistic bass obstinately insisting the track ploughs direct lines from one corner to the other from which emerges a swingeing fuzz-laden guitar that prefer to drill holes in the ceiling while vocals swathe the head in flecks of spittle and it all makes perfect sense as the trio cohesively deliver two and eleven twelfths of a minutes of sublime rock from which all fat has been sliced.
From Cape Town in South Africa surface the new-wave trio Greg Allan, Arabella and Anro Femurs who form The Medicine Dolls.
The Medicine Dolls
The bleeding edges of guitar spill out of the speakers prior to bass bursting open the sub-woofers whilst sparky drum-kit bounces around the room from which a signature vocal parades as the trio teases that volume is turned ever louder.
Delivering the sounds of frustration in a world of askew relationships The Medicine Dolls reflect of unrequited connectivity from the standpoint of – If Only This Then That and the reality of IFTTT automated devices where the theory all sounds good but the actuality is less than satisfying, which they slurry out of the speakers in satisfying retort and a trio I look forward to hearing much more of in short order.
Formerly the quartet – The Nasty Narcotics and now slimmed back to the trio to announce their continuation as an entity – they released their début three track single Loose Change on the 18th.
Khwezi is an electro-dance producer from South Africa.
A new track to surface in the past few hours – Living Life At The Mall – discovers Khwezi in insular moment with a contemporary glance out of the lift, which when I come back with a fuller feature will put this into context.
The South African psychedelic-indie band The Plastics were introduced in late 2014.
The Plastics – In Threes – artwork
A live version of the sixth track of the nine on the LP In Threes – All I Really Want was recently captured in London (England).
Glittering guitars light up the room in a version of All I Really Want that is played slightly more slowly than on the album (which is available on bandcamp), as the vocal lays filtered through echoing voile whilst drums and bass register changes in tempo.