On the heels of British producer Kode9's transcendent set at Los Globos on Monday arrives another Hyperdub Records-related burst of pleasure: a new mix of African tracks, most from South Africa, by production team LV.
A vital, rhythm-heavy affair featuring hypnotic percussion, chant, and heavy beat music, the set is one in a series called "Africa in Your Earbuds," which highlights the myriad sounds of the continent. Earlier volumes have featured selectors such as Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus, South African group BLKJKS and Brit electronic-crooner James Blake's drummer Ben Assitor.
On this, Volume 27 of the series, Okayafrica tapped LV, whose new album, "Sebenza," on seminal minimal dubstep label Hyperdub, draws on techno, house, hip-hop and borderless beat music to create dense, propellent dance music.
The trio draws on a few of the guest rappers featured on "Sebenza" on their Africa in Your Earbuds mix, most notably Capetown, South Africa, MC Ruffest, a wheelchair-rolling party-starter. Writes the trio in the mixtape's notes of the bounty at their fingertips: