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Jumping Back Slash Shares The New Collaborative 'Put Your Fires Out' EP

Cape Town-based UK producer Jumping Back Slash releases his brilliant new project entitled 'Put Your Fires Out' via Red Bull Studios.


UK-born Cape Town-based producer Jumping Back Slash returns with the release of his latest offering Put Your Fires Out, a brilliant 4-track EP available via Red Bull Studios. The maestro credits Cape Town's restful atmosphere with providing the inspiration for the project's sound, "I think the weather has been influencing my sound. It's been raining non-stop since I got here," said the artist in an interview with Red Bull Studios. The overall tone of Put Your Fires Out, however, is more energetic than you would expect from a production inspired by gloomy weather. The EP boasts skillfully sliced synth work layered on top of jolty, polyrhythmic compositions, and features some of South Africa's most innovative electronic musicians including Kwaai Diva extraordinaire Umlilo, experimental beatsmith Andy Islands, and Andre Geldenhuys of the talented Fantasma collective, all adding their own unique touch to Slash's heady craftsmanship.

The beatmaker also shared his views on the creative process with Red Bull, “making music is a muscle. Quantity is quality. Sometimes, you don’t have to stop to think. I hear all these musicians worry about inspiration but it’s quite simple really, the more you do it, the more prepared you are to respond and react. Just get into the studio and make something. If you don’t like, get rid of it. It really is that disposable. And that’s the one thing that I’ve learnt, to treat everything as part of the process, even if you don’t know what the outcome will be in the end.” Luckily for us, the outcome is an electrifying new EP. Stream and download Jumping Back Slash's Put Your Fires Out below.

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Mdou Moctar Announces Debut Album 'Afrique Victime'

The album is a collaboration between Mdou, his band members and his rhythm guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane.

Matador Records has announced that the eagerly anticipated album Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar will be released on May 21.

Afrique Victime is an unprecedented collaboration between Mdou, his band members, and Ahmoudou Madassane, who's been his rhythm guitarist since 2008. The album will present an effortless fusion of Saharan and rock music; melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations.

You might have come across Mdou on Off White's "Imaginary TV" channel, who designer Virgil Abloh called, "one of my favorite musicians Rn."

Mdou's desert village Agadez, in rural Niger, is his source of inspiration. He attributes his artistic style to traditional Tuareg melodies and YouTube videos of Eddie Van Halen's six string techniques. Mdou has also worked on film projects. He wrote, produced, and starred in the first Tuareg language film: a remake of Purple Rain called Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai– which translates to "Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It." This earned him approval from his community and popularity across West Africa. This soon led to world tours and albums on the independent US label Sahel Sounds, including 2019's landmark Ilana: The Creator, which earned Mdou an international audience.

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