Audio

Introducing Cape Town Beatmaker Damascvs

Stream hazy Cape Town producer Damascvs debut album.


Damascvs is the beatmaker moniker of Luca Stefano, a Cape Town-based producer who's been layering hazy synths on top of chopped-up drums for roughly a year now — "before that I was making beats for rapping over," he told us. We first saw him live at glowLDB’s kickoff party in Cape Town’s CBD where he kept the dancefloor mesmerized with a combination of earthy beats and new-age rap remixes.

The producer recently dropped his debut album A View/Her Dove. It’s a body of work that sonically encapsulates the producer's ideas about music as a spiritual undertaking, from the astral bounce of “Thunja”  to the deep-water splurges of “Tom Delancy.” Damascvs successfully explores vast tonal qualities to both dance and meditate to. The album features collaborations with Yusif Sayigh from the rock band The Great Apes and Ross Dorkin from pop ensemble Beatenberg (both also Cape Town-based), though the beatmaker confesses he's “not going out of [his] way to collab with people [he] doesn’t know already.”  Stream A View/Her Dove below and buy it on Bandcamp.

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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