My favourite songs of the past month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below on Spotify and Soundcloud.

The top songs of the month

  1. Reykjavíkurdætur – ‘DRUSLA’
  2. Emmanuelle’s ‘Free Hifi Internet’
  3. Rusangano Family – ‘Heathrow’
  4. Grimes – ‘World Princess part II’
  5. Kiasmos – ‘Drawn’
  6. Bibio – ‘Petals’
  7. Disclosure –  ‘Magnets’ (Jon Hopkins remix)
  8. Brian Deady – ‘Clap Both My Hands’
  9. Mmoths – ‘Deu’
  10. Jaakko Eino Kalevi feat. Farao – ‘Everything Nice’ (Popcaan cover)
  11. Frances – ‘Borrowed Time’
  12. FaltyDL – ‘ Visceral’
  13. Hubie Davison – ‘Sanctified’
  14. Chris Power and Atari Jones – ‘Tales Of The Terrace’
  15. NAO – ‘Bad Blood’
  16. Floating Points – ‘Nespole’
  17. J.G. Wilkes – ‘Jaxon’
  18. Missy Elliott – ‘WTF (Where They From?)’ feat. Pharrell
  19. Banks – ‘Better’
  20. Cian Nugent – ‘Things Don’t Change That Fast’
  21. I Have A Tribe – ‘Medicine From Calgary’
  22. Cinema – ‘Trust The Feeling’
  23. Santigold – ‘Can’t Get Enough of Myself’
  24. Conor Walsh – ‘Quadrivium’
  25. Chinah – ‘Minds’
  26. Polica – ‘Lime Habit’
  27. Meltybrains? – ‘New Don’
  28. Sea Pinks – ‘Depth Of Field’
  29. Bagels – ‘To The End’
  30. Kiesza – ‘Give It To The Moment’ (Nozinja remix)

Listen on Spotify

Posted on December 2nd, 2015

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Ever since my first hand introduction to the hyper-fast South African dance music Shangaan Electro, I’ve been in contact with Nozinja, the kingpin/producer/A&R/label and all-round good guy responsible for taking the music of Limpopo to the world.

Warp Records released an album from Nozinja this year called Nozinja Lodge but while the music remains on its own shelf, the music has been picked apart and reconstructed by European and American producers like Tessela, Pollyn, MMM, Anthony Shake Shakir and Oni Ayhun and more.

For his latest cross-continent collaboration, Nozinja has teamed up with Mumdance, Micachu and Tirzah on a limited release for the Vinyl Factory, and recorded live as part of Doug Aitken’s ‘Station to Station’ project, ‘Thinking Of You’ is a glimpse into what Nozinja’s frenetic African rhythms can do with the another culture, in this case, adding a more understandable dimension for English speakers.

The song is on a limited 300-copy vinyl from The Vinyl Factory.

Watch the making of the track:

Posted on August 13th, 2015

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

Hour one – awaiting listen links

  1. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment  – ‘Sunday Candy
  2. Beirut  –  ‘No No No’
  3. #aotw: Unknown Mortal Orchestra –  ‘Like Acid Rain’
  4. Jake Houlsby  – ‘Yannina’
  5. Ciaran Lavery  – ‘Little More Time’
  6. Bicep  – ‘Just’ (Original Mix)
  7. Shamir  – ‘Make A Scene’
  8. #tbt: Paul McCartney  – ‘Temporary Secretary’
  9. Ships –  ‘Space Inside’ 7″mix
  10. Rhye  – ‘Open’
  11. Lianne La Havas –  ‘Unstoppable’ (FKJ Remix)
  12. The Internet –  ‘Special Affair’
  13. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment  – ‘Slip Slide’

Hour two – awaiting listen links

  1. Jamie XX  – ‘Good Times’ with Long Intro
  2. Vök – ‘Waterfall’
  3. Laura Clock – ‘Fantasy’
  4. Flume – ‘Some Minds’ (feat. Andrew Wyatt)
  5. Joy Orbison & Boddika – ‘TMTT’
  6. Young Marco – ‘Darwin In Bahia’
  7. Boot & Tax – ‘Dancin’
  8. Crystal Knights  – ‘Chemistry’
  9. Bottin & Rodion – ‘One For All’
  10. New Jackson – ‘Shoot out the Lights’
  11. Julio Bashmore – ‘Battle For Middle You’
  12. Idris Muhammad – ‘Could Heaven Ever Be Like This’
  13. Nozinja – ‘Xihukwani’

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on June 5th, 2015

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As broadcast last night, as it is every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM, which celebrated its first birthday this week. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

Part One

  1. Jamie xx – ‘Loud Places’ (featuring Romy)
  2. Say Lou Lou x Lindstrøm –  ‘Games for Girls’
  3. Lindstrøm And Grace Hall –  ‘Home Tonight’
  4. Oddisee  – ‘That’s Love’
  5. Joey Bada$$  – ‘Teach Me’ (feat. Kiesza)
  6. Action Bronson – ‘Baby Blue’ feat Chance the Rapper
  7. Hælos – ‘Earth Not Above’
  8. Ben Khan – ‘1000’
  9. Villagers  – ‘Courage’
  10. Villagers  – ‘The Soul Serene’
  11. St. Vincent –  ‘Teenage Talk’
  12. The Hard Ground  – ‘Pucker’

Part Two – listen link to follow

  1. Tame Impala – ‘Cause I’m a Man’
  2. Champs – ‘The Balfron Tower’
  3. Leo Drezden – ‘Black Palace’
  4. King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard  – ‘The River’
  5. Manu Dibango –  ‘Les Cavaliers’
  6. BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah –  ‘Ray Gun’ (feat. DOOM)
  7. Todd Terje  – ‘Alfonso Muskedunder’ (Mungolian vs Tangoterje Dub)
  8. Caribou –  ‘Your Love Will Set You Free’ (c2’s Set U Free RMX)
  9. The Cyclist – ‘Hot House’
  10. Palmistry  – ‘Ascension’
  11. Heems – ‘Home’
  12. George FitzGerald  – ‘Full Circle’ (feat. Boxed In)
  13. Le Galaxie – ‘Le Club’
  14. Nozinja –  ‘Xihukwani’

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on April 10th, 2015

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Every Thursday night at 10pm, I get two hours of the airwaves on TXFM to play two hours of my favourite new and recent music.

Here’s what I played:

Listen: Hour One

  1. Todd Terje – ‘Preben Goes to Acapulco’
  2. Pharrell Williams – ‘Happy’ (Kaytranada Edition)
  3. Bobby Tank – ‘Undone’
  4. G R A D E S – ‘Freedom’
  5. Indiana – ‘Solo Dancing’
  6. Sleep Thieves – ‘You Want The Night’
  7. La Roux – Let Me Down Gently’
  8. Blood Orange – ‘You’re Not Good Enough’
  9. BADBADNOTGOOD – Can’t Leave the Night’
  10. Kelis – ‘Jerk Ribs’
  11. #throwbackthursday: Ponderosa Twins Plus One – ‘Bound’
  12. Kanye West – ‘Blood On The Leaves’

Listen: Hour Two

  1. Nozinja – ‘Tsekeleke’
  2. TRIM – Vending Machine’
  3. Erik Hassle – Innocence Lost’ (feat. Tinashe)
  4. Sylvan Esso – ‘Coffee’
  5. Fatima- ‘La Neta’
  6. Werkha – ‘Sidesteppin’ (feat. Bryony Jarman-Pinto)
  7. We Are Shining – ‘Killing’
  8. Contour – ‘Change Your Ways’
  9. UNKNWN – ‘BBY’
  10. Plaid – Hawkmoth’
  11. Pandreas – ‘Rube’

Posted on May 16th, 2014

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Shangaan Electro is a style of music I came across when I visited South Africa a few years ago. It’s since come out of its origins into something of a worldwide phenomenon thanks to an Honest Jons compilation, remixes, support from Damon Albarn and a live show.

The orginator of the Shangaan style (characterised by digitised marimba beats and African rhythms which rarely drops below 180 BPM) is Richard Mthethwa aka Nozinja and he’s responsible for all of the productions in the style of Shangaan Electro. His latest release comes out on Dan Snaith’s Jiaolong imprint which recently released his Daphni album. The two tracks ‘Heke Heke’ and ‘Hoza’ are good examples of largely instrumental Shangaan.

Posted on January 16th, 2013

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Shangaan Electro producer Nozinja has made his first remix of a Western artist of LA band Pollyn. Nozinja is joined by Nurse Matlala for a video shot in Soweto, Joburg in South Africa and the song features new vocals based on lyrics from the Pollyn song. When Nozinja was in Dublin last, he left me about 150 cassettes featuring three volumes of Shangaan Electro which I may sell €5 on his behalf with his blessing. if anyone is interesting in buying leave me a comment? I’ll drop some into Elastic Witch for sure.

Get the song as part of the free Pollyn EP.

Posted on November 23rd, 2011

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A month before the World Cup kicked off in Soccer City in Soweto in the townships of Johannesburg, I made a detour on the last day of my Smirnoff Experience trip to meet an influential music producer by the name of Nozinja.

Nozinja is the kingpin of the Shangaan electro scene and has been since 2005. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard anything about this genre, it only really exists in the Shangaani areas of South Africa. Shangaan electro is characterised by an ultra fast-pace (180BPM and up), sped-up vocal samples, marimbas, digital beats, synths and afro-centric melodies. It barely exists outside of Soweto but does exist in other parts of the country where the Shangaani people are from in Limpopo for example. DVDs are the primary medium in which the music is shared as the accompanying dancing is just as important as the music. For now, Youtube videos are the primary way of spreading the phenomenon. Just watch this video of the kid-friendly Tshetsha Boys dancing and you’ll understand straight away why I wanted to be there.

After a 30 minute taxi ride from our hotel, myself and my companion Sarah found ourselves waiting outside a Soweto shopping centre for Nozinja to pick us up. Sarah (who works for Dazed and Confused) and I had both independently of each other, sourced a meeting with Nozinja with the help of Wills Glasspiegel, a producer, blogger and field recordist who also had a hand in the new Honest Jons compilation New Wave dance Music from South Africa but more on that later…
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Posted on July 15th, 2010

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