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Spoek Mathambo's Future Sound Of Mzansi Mix Series Returns With Jumping Back Slash

Spoek Mathambo's 'Future Sound Of Mzansi Mix Series' returns with 50 minutes of music from UK/Cape Town producer Jumping Back Slash.


For a few months now Spoek Mathambo has been rolling out a steady stream of all-SA mixtapes in conjunction with Future Sound Of Mzansi, Spoek and filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba's new documentary looking at South Africa's cultural landscape through the lens of its electronic music and the key players in those scenes. Each tape in the Future Sound of Mzansi Mixtape Series focuses on a different producer or artist featured in the doc. Last week we heard 22 minutes of music from Canadian/SA soulstress Zaki Ibrahim, and before then we saw tapes either assembled by or featuring music from DJ Spoko, Okmalumkoolkat, KZN's Gqom sub-genre, Aero Manyelo, Maramza, Fever Trails, and Wildebeats.

The series returns this week with 50 minutes of music mixed by UK/Cape Town producer Jumping Back Slash, who recently linked with Spoek on his five-man Fantasma "supergroup" with DJ Spoko. “Spoek asked me if I wanted to come back to SA to help produce the EP and the Fantasma LP which comes out next year," JBS explains of his involvement with the group. "The project took us to Red Bull Studios in Cape Town for the EP, Cape St. Francis in the Eastern Cape and finally Jozi to finish the LP." Last week JBS shared an energetic remix of Fantasma's "Eye of the Sun." Listen and download Future Sound Of Mzansi Mix #10: Jumping Back Slash below.

Future Sound Of Mzansi Mix #10: Jumping Back Slash Tracklist

Fall In Luv

Untitled Darknezzz

Plateaux

Okmalumkoolkat - Ijusi (JBS Remix)

Tekkies

Blue Smoke

Midnite Bheng

Show U Know

Ibhithi 1 / That Mampara

Always Unfinished But Never Outgunned

Gecko

I'm So Confused (Dub)

Kanganga

Bheng Feelz

Kumoshakele feat Okmalumkoolkat

Imali Yeqolo (Bra Sol From BFG Still Owes Me Vocals Mix)

Ilizwe

Namhlanje

Mabishi

Interview

Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.

Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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