The second release off Shades of Kwaai, “The Elements” is a testament to Umlilo’s behemoth sounds. This music is a cup of coffee first thing in morning. Dark, fresh, strong and hot with a touch of satisfying earthy bitterness, Umlilo inject just the right amount of pep in the step of South Africa’s billowing electronic music scene. The inky future-kwaai anthem “The Elements” speaks to Siya Ngcobo’s versatility; hitting falsettos and harmonies over a bombastic bass mastered by Beatenberg’s Ross Dorkin. Keep an eye out for more as the year goes on, with rumours of some great video releases circulating.


6 Replies to "Umlilo ‘The Elements’"
money_money says:
August 20, 2013 at 8:26 am

I don’t get why this person is getting this much love :/
maybe I’m just out of the musical loop.
doesn’t this sound just like the last song of theirs that OKA posted
is it edgy?

    bethology says:
    August 20, 2013 at 8:47 am

    everyone’s taste in music is relative. we can’t all like the same things… best just go along to the next article. no need to question everything you don’t happen to like. rather just skip it.

    money_money says:
    August 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    What I was questioning is why they seem to like it.
    When you give yourself the task of posting impressive African music/culture on so public then you probably expect people will ask about what your posting bruh.
    thats why they have comments forums instead of just having like buttons

    Shiba says:
    August 21, 2013 at 5:07 am

    I’m glad you asked, it’s a good point you raised there. I see what bethology is trying to say though, Umlilo specifically isn’t for everyone but some people do like his work. I can tell you that my favourite things about Umlilo are his voice and his agenda; his range kills me, and the sound is unique. That, and his motives in his work are ones that I admire. Then again I wrote the article so I’m not about to be 100% unbiased. But I’m interested… What don’t you like/understand about it?

    moneymoney says:
    August 22, 2013 at 4:39 am

    The dark vibe and dubstep drum inclinations. maybe its a cape town thing.
    anyway I didn’t make any overtly disparaging comments about the music, was asking about the reasons for posting :)

    Shiba says:
    August 23, 2013 at 5:02 am

    i guess you could say it’s a cape town thing… though there’s so much going on out here, people are getting experimental and a lot more indulgent with their work, which is always refreshing. as for the reason for posting, you got it above, it’s just something i thought was deserving of a mention. where are you from by the way?

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