Okmalumkoolkat 'Holy Oxygen' [Premiere]

South Africa's Okmalumkoolkat premieres 'Holy Oxygen,' the title track on his forthcoming debut solo EP 'Holy Oxygen I' via Affine Records.

Photo by Mack Magagane; Artwork by Gregor Lehrl

Okmalumkoolkat is fast on his way to epitomizing what Spoek Mathambo means by the Future Sound of Mzansi. The Durban-born, Joburg-hailing emcee/producer has featured on more than a few of our "greatest hits" over the years, landing on our radar back in 2012 as one half of experimental hip-hop duo Dirty Paraffin and a trusty collaborator to London/SA producers LV. He followed up his 2012 "song of the year" featured spot (on LV's "Spitting Cobra") with 2013's definitive South African street anthem, "Gusheshe," alongside Mafikeng's Cassper Nyovest. This year Okmalumkoolkat has begun making strides as a solo artist. Fresh off of signing a label deal with Vienna's Affine Records, the boyznbucks rapper is stepping into the spotlight with his EP debut. The 4-track Holy Oxygen I features production from labelmates Cid Rim (Lucky Me) and The Clonious, and we're excited to premiere a first taste off the release here today. On the title track "Holy Oxygen," Okmalumkoolkat rides high with his signature nonlinear wordplay on a two-stepping futuristic bassline. It's the official coming of a self-proclaimed "demigod." Holy Oxygen I, which you can pre-order here, arrives on August 4th via Affine Records. Listen to the title track and watch a teaser trailer for the EP below.


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A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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