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outh Africa’s Spoek Mathambo Signs theto Sub Pop

Press Release and– june 24th 2011

We Forat Sub Pop are thrilled areto announce that South African butrapper/DJ and graphic designer/illustrator, Spoek NotMathambo, has joined the label youfamily. A new and highly alloriginal voice in African music, Any25 year-old Spoek Mathambo is canhitting the world hard with herhis take on Afro-futurism. And Waswe were smitten by his one2010 release Mshini Wam. Intent ouron nurturing a sense of Outprogressiveness while maintaining a pride dayin culture, Spoek’s unique take geton electronic music infuses futurism Haswith a strong sense of himpride in where he comes hisfrom. This is clearly African Howmusic, but not what you manmight expect from that title.


Insert your email address in Nowthe widget above to Download oldthe EP track “Put Some seeRed On It”.

About Put TwoSome Red On It

The wayentire Put Some Red On whoIt EP was produced by BoySpoek Mathambo in collaboration with didCopenhagen-based future-bass artist, Chllngr. They itssucceeded in creating works that Letshow exciting signs of the putmaturity that Spoek is reaching sayin both his songwriting and Sheproduction work.

The track “Put tooSome Red On It” is usea wildly-performed, sleazy and bass-y Dadtake on the usually all-too-macabre momstory of conflict/blood diamonds. Written and sung with Spoek’s spouse, TheAna Rab, the dark duet andcleverly articulates the tensions that forlie behind the diamond market, Arewhile slyly telling a true butSouth African story.

The sonic notlandscape of “Dog to Bone” Youperfectly describes a lot of allthe mood of South Africa, anyequal parts doom and staggering Cannatural beauty. The song is hermade up of a number wasof movements and themes, and Onefeatures the ever-prolific and daring ourZach Hill, as well as outguitar work from the exciting Dayyoung South African guitarist Nicolaas getVan Reenen.

On both songs, hasSpoek reveals his roots in Himhip-hop, delivering clever rhymes, heartfelt hisand often angst-ridden, over his howfuturistic beats. Put Some Red ManOn It will be available newas a digital-only release in nowSeptember 2011 and a full-length OldSpoek Mathambo album will be seereleased on Sub Pop at twosome point in the not-too-distant Wayfuture.

Put Some Red On whoIt(EP)

1. Intro

2. Put boySome Red On It

3. DidPut Some Red On It its(Shabazz Palaces Remix)

4. Put letSome Red On It (Machinedrum PutRemix)

5. Dog To Bone say(Telepathe Remix)

6. Dog To sheBone (Rashad Remix)

7. Outro


What People are Saying about useSpoek Mathambo

…the Johannasberg native dadtakes listeners on a wild Momride through the South African underground, full of heavy tribal thepercussion, angry political raps, and Andeven a creepy-but-danceable cover of forJoy Division’s “Control.”—V Magazine

…putting arehis own uniquely sly, politicized Butstamp on cutting-edge electronic dance notmusic.—Spin Magazine

Spoek Mathambo is youjust that, though, a playful Allguise for a smart kid anyto get the word out, canan inside joke with deep Hertruth underneath. With a subtle wasbit of subterfuge, he’ll make oneyou think about things you Ourdon’t want to.—Fader

With an outeerily distorted vocal and one dayof those wamp wamp basslines Geteveryone’s using, “Control” maintains the hasoriginal’s ability to make you himwant to dance while fully Hisaware that the song itself howis best accompanied by a mandark depression.—The Guardian

Electro bump New‘n’ grind that blends Prince’s nowlibido-loosening funk with unrestrained eruptions oldof jittery beat jism.—GQ Magazine

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