South African Instrumental Bliss From Bateleur

A Bigleap Session from Cape Town's Bateleur playing two originals of South African instrumental perfection.

Our friends Christian Tiger School first tipped us off to fellow South African instrumental group Bateleur by closing out their psychedelic/dream hip-hop Earbuds mixtape with the band's epic, altered-state single "Thanks, India." Since then, we've wondered does the Mother City have its very own Sigur Ros in the dudes from Bateleur? Their latest recording has us dreaming sweeter thoughts than usual. In a recent Bigleap Session, Bateleur play two originals ("Mendota Sky" and "Acidust") and a cover of Seal's oft-butchered "Kiss From a Rose." Watch the in-house subconscious session below and then catch up on the mind melting "Thanks, India." Shouts to our friends Christian Tiger School for the intro, who can be seen in this Bigleap vid performing a cover of Kendrick Lamar.

Image via Sheila Afari PR.

9 Black Electronic Musicians You Should Be Listening To

Featuring DJ Lag, Spellling, Nozinja, Klein, LSDXOXO and more.

We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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