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Robin Thicke 'Without You Lost' (Jumping Back Slash Remix)

South African producer Jumping Back Slash continues to impress us with his house/kwaito remixes with his new treatment of Robin Thicke's "Lost Without You"


At this point it's clear that Jumping Back Slash just can't be stopped — and why would we want him to be? His remix game has always been at the top of our list, and with every new release we hear from the South African producer his talent just seems to get heavier and heavier. This time we have a treat for you in the form of a mellowed-out kwaito/house treatment of Robin Thicke's sexy slow jam "Lost Without You," aptly rearranged even in JBS' new title, "Without You Lost." The perfectly chopped sample of Thicke's voice asking "How does it feel?" never quite opens up to the full lyric, messing with our brain's expectation of what's supposed to come next — just like a good rework should. Needless to say in this track's case, our answer to Thick's resounding question would be in case, "quite good, thank you." Stream + download "Without You Lost" below and keep an eye out for Jumping Back Slash's The Namhlanje EP out soon on Pollinate Records.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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