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New Peverelist Beats

Peverelist is on a bit of hot streak at the moment, here's some of his new music for your delectation and appreciation....

Peverelist & Kowton - Beneath Radar [Livity Sound]

A bristolian tête à tête here as Pev and Kowton trade remixes for the first release on Peverelist's new label Livity Sound. Limited edition, hand stamped white label business, this would be a gem in any collection...

Buy (+ soundclips): Punch Drunk Music // Hard Wax

Ricardo Villalobos, Max Loderbauer, Peverelist - Tshetsha Boys Remixes [Honest Jons]

Remixes of the South Anmerican 'Shangaan Electro' genre. Intrigued? You should be. FACT Mag explains the what and the why far better than we ever could so take a gander...

"There have been whispers on the vine for some weeks now, but it’s now been confirmed: Honest Jon’s have commissioned remixes of Shangaan Electro tracks by some of the finest Western producers around.

For the uninitiated, let’s backtrack slightly: Shangaan Electro was the name of a compilation released by Honest Jon’s last year. Curated by Mark Ernestus (Basic Channel, Rhythm & Sound, Hard Wax) and HJ’s label manager Mark Ainley, it featured some of the best examples of the titular South African dance phenomenon, a synthesized, marimba-heavy and high-speed update of traditional Shangaan music. The comp focussed on the output of Nozinja Studio in Soweto, including such artists as Mancingelani, BBC, Tshetsha Boys and Nozinja himself.

“We don’t use the sounds of the hip-hop guys, or the afro-pop, or whatever, we’re using Shangaan sounds,” explained Nozinja at the time. “The traditional Shangaan music is fast. You play it slow, they won’t dance. Firstly it was played with bass and lead guitar. I’m the one revolutionized it, because when I came I didn’t use any guitar or any bass, I just used marimba and the organs. We are not using the live bass, we are using the marimba bass which is played from the organ. A small sample of voices, that’s what I specialize in. We use them in English. Those are the new aspects they never had before. At first people thought I was mad, and now it’s the in-thing. You can play that music with bass, that’s the old-timer music.”

Since then, Honest Jon’s have released a full artist album from Foster Manganyi, Ndzi Teke Riendzo, and now are set to release no less than five Shangaan Electro 12″s in quick succession. Two of these are EPs of original material from Tsetsha Boys and Tiyiselani Vomaseve, and then three remix 12″s. The first features two mixes of Tshetsha Boys by Mark Ernestus, the second featuring a mix of BBC by Detroit techno superhero Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir and one by Oni Ayhun (the latter listed as a remix of Shangaan Electro, so presumably Oni has drawn upon sounds from a variety of tracks from the original comp). Lastly, a 12″ featuring more mixes of Tshetsha Boys, this time by Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer and Peverelist.

A tweet from Will Bankhead, Honest Jon’s esteemed sleeve designer, alerts us to a page where you can listen to clips of all the tracks. From these, we have to say that it’s the Peverelist and Ernestus versions that are most immediately striking – Peverelist artfully bending those opalescent synth sounds into one of his own patented, poised steppers, the Hard Wax boss turning out his most techno-leaning productions in years."

Buy (+ soundclips): Honest Jons