The New Music Feature has been disgustingly western and European so far, so I reckon It’s time to give it a more international feel with a bit of Bambaataaesque Hip Hop hailing from South Africa.
Playdoe are comprised of DJ Sibot and MC Spoek Mathambo, a duo who clearly don’t take their music too seriously and make sure it is about having fun first and foremost. Sampling a brand of Hip’Hop and Electro popularized by Afrika Bambaataa, George Clinton and Grandmaster Flash.
Their best known track, It’s That Beat, is an interesting blend of Dance and Hip Hop, with juddering basslines, arpeggiated keys, sassy female vocals and ridiculously absurd lyrics such as “Take a shit on your boss’ car”. It’s not exactly art, but it would be cruel to label such an accomplished and plain fun dancefloor banger as a novelty. Infact, the more I listen to it, I’m convinced it might be one of my favourite songs of the year.
The duo are currently on Tryharder records, along with Blood Red Shoes and Foals so they’re in good company. Definately one to check out for and a band to look out for in the future, especially with the recent success of other Hip Hop/Dance fusions in the past few months.
Check out It’s That Beat below and if you like it, make sure you download the Toxic Avenger Mix of the same song, I’m not sure if it’s better than the original, but it is more Justicey and heavier. Also make sure you check out their Myspace and listen to ‘Go Dumb Go Thick Mix’ which is pretty sexy.
Playdoe’s debut mini-album It’s That Beat is released by Try Harder on October 6. Download single It’s That Beat is available from September 22.