Elle E – London Paris New York Berlin – Audio

The South African garage rocker Elle E releases the LP Etiquette on the 21st.

Elle E

Elle E

Casting a scornful look at the mores of societal construct Elle E delivers, in Etiquette (available on bandcamp), a sardonic, sarcastic, sideswipe at the self-satisfied smugness of suburban lifestyle.

A project that has build a momentum of its own without any initial expectation other than a means to exorcise frustrations with the world around, Elle E has found a ready and enthusiastic audience which can only be enhanced by the eight track album.

An LP I highly recommend grabbing hold of and enjoy from first note to last – making the opener – London Paris New York Berlin – which minds of The Chiffons, as good a place to start as any.


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FreeVibe – A New Day – Audio

The Ghanaian rapper FreeVibe released the LP Upness on the 1st.



An eight track album that mixes up a range of moods from outward looking dance tunes to introspective recollections, yet always of optimistic countenance and a roughly twenty five minutes release which can be brought out at any moment to improve the rhythm of life.

The second track, my pick of the release, is A New Day – which reflects, as suggested on the tin, of the opportunities there for the taking in the grasp of a new dawn.


Upness – Freevibe is available on iTunes.*

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ArsenLuna – Foolish Things – Audio

ArsenLuna is a South African art-rock project.



Only seven songs are available to hear, revealed in blocks of three roughly half a year apart plus one song surfacing just over a month ago, each timestamp being of different staging, held together by an impressively expressive vocal and mood setting pianoforte.

The most recent set, under the collective name of Bleu, surfaced on the 13th and resonates of theatrical setting with the songs taking on the demeanour of both off-stage whisper and expansive back of house resonance.

Charne Cathleen Vermeulen in the guise of ArsenLuna is a musician I look forward to hearing more of in short order possessing both a completely absorbing voice as well as finely tuned song writing ability.

By way of an introduction from Bleu – the closer Foolish Things.

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Will-Broad – Zim Plan – Audio

The Zimbabwean hip-hop project Will-Broad revealed the latest track on the 10th.

Will-Broad -Zim Plan


Zim Plan is of different articulation to music previously featured, with a more flowing and mellowed construction that, conversely, is of more political statement. Reflecting as it does of plans to reintroduce the Zimbabwean Dollar which was withdrawn at the time of hyper-inflation having riven society in to far reaching shortages and abject poverty.

Whilst very specifically focused on Zimbabwean societal structures, the narrative of a system failing the many whilst enriching the few has a global resonance.

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The Medicine Dolls – Sick Of Anesthetic – Audio

The Medicine Dolls, a new wave trio from South Africa,  released the LP Lost Love Lullabies on the 2nd.

The Medicine Dolls - Sick Of Anesthetic

The Medicine Dolls

A group of musicians who evidently enjoy creating and performing music with new songs frequently being revealed along with regular touring schedules and one off gigs in South Africa, if justice be served they will find slots on the international stage opening up for them very soon as theirs is music that travels globally.

Lost Love Lullabies introduces some stronger melody to various tracks, whilst loosing none of the exuberant joie de vivre that is their hallmark sound.  Each time I pick up on a song of theirs I, like an excited puppy playing with a squeaky toy, find myself hurtling around the room in yelps of delight.

From the six track album – the second – Sick Of Anesthetic.

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