Umlazi, Durban born Simiso Zwane skilfully manages to mix his mother tongues and his own slang into a truly urban blueprint of thriving languages. Zulu, English, Afrikaans, seemingly effortlessly expressed in brilliantly interweaved themes and topics. The A side starts with the spiritual anthem Allblackblackkat. Production wise drawing influences from South African Kwaito, layered with sophisticated jazz chords and drawn into a pulsating club track. It gets even more intense with the 140 Bpm banger Fancy Footwork, a homage to the footwork scene in which Okmalumkoolkat depicts a rendezvous on the dance floor.
The B side of this groundbreaking collaboration starts with the title track Holy Oxygen, the collective’s definition of HipHop in 2014. The record ends with the debut track of the Durban-Joburg-Vienna outfit called Ijusi, a deep organic synthesis from the minds of these members.
Available as 12″ Vinyl + Download:
Affine Shop → http://www.smarturl.it/holyoxygen-affine
Bandcamp → http://www.smarturl.it/holyoxygen-bc
iTunes → http://www.smarturl.it/holyoxygen
Boomkat → http://www.smarturl.it/holyoxygen-bk
Bleep → http://www.smarturl.it/holyoxygen-bleep