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Johnny Cradle Remix Kanye West, Sade, James Blake & More In New EP

South African electro-dub trio Johnny Cradle premieres a 6-track remix EP featuring reworkds of Kanye West, James Blake and Sade.


In the summer of last year we were introduced to the smooth electro-bass single "uLate" from the self-coined "roots electro" trio known as Johnny Cradle. Hailing from Johannesburg, the group has recently been working on their album and prepping for a series of shows at this year's National Arts Festival. Consisting of songwriter/vocalist and producer Sakie, guitarist Chris and “beat-bot” Sisonke, Johnny Cradle creates bass-heavy tunes reminiscent of roots reggae while also taking inspiration from the heavy sound aesthetic of 90s-era rap. The result is a futuristic sound that blends electronic synths with electric Rhodes piano and digitized Xhosa sing-rap harmonies.

While in the process of working on their new album, Johnny Cradle produced a series of remixes that we're premiering here today. The 6-track EP features reworkings of songs by Kanye West, James Blake, Sade and Lianne La Havas. Johnny Cradle's remix of Kanye West's "New Slaves" is certainly a standout with its juxtaposition of Kanye's abrasive lyricism with Cradle's smooth electronic piano chords and signature electro-dub bass lines. Listen to Johnny Cradle's remix series project in its entirety below and, for more, revisit the video for the trio's 2014 summer single "uLate."

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South African folk musician Jeremy Loops releases 'Mortal Man' remix by German electro producer Alle Farben.

Internationally recognised South African folk musician Jeremy Loops has been working with German electronic producer Alle Farben for the release of "Mortal Man" house remix. Farben, a world renowned electro producer known for iconic dance mixes and his work with James Blunt, has reworked the original acoustic version of the song by adding his deep house signature transforming "Mortal Man" into a danceable summer-ready tune.

Partly inspired by a friend's journey of beating drug addiction, the song's theme of acknowledging one's own mortality connected globally with millions of people.

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