Subterranean Wavelength: The Key Players In Joburg’s Beat Scene + Mixtape Premiere
A look at the key players in Joburg's beat scene (Escapism Refuge, Hlasko, Hawkword, Micr.pluto, The Watermark High) + Subterranean Wavelength premiere.
Hawkword is the resonant name of groove-funk, acid jazz and post-dubstep infused hip-hop-tronica triumvirate. Together they elegantly craft intellectual feel good music condensed with pulsating gates and spattered side-chains and varnished in nu-funk and neo-soul nuances. They’ve managed to masterfully channel a diverse substratum of ideas and influences giving ground to what is some of the most technically astute electronica to come out of Africa in eons. You can’t tell whether they’re a DJ or an orchestra the special fullness of their sound is state of the art brilliance. Think SA-Ra meets Hidden Orchestra meets something else. Their freshly baked thunderous debut EP The Hawk Swoops Again released on the 3rd of October last year under the dissident On A Break Records is a indubitable must have for any respectable music library.