Cutting Gems aka Jeremy Bishop has glided towards earning the status as one of Cape Town’s premiere producer/DJs with his increasingly signature style. The term glide is used with purpose here as his journey seems to have been a completely effortless one when, of course, the reality is that the hustle has been very real. His debut self-titled EP and leading single/video, ‘Tonight/Baby‘, both released through naasMUSIC, were met with great critical acclaim and a feature on okayafrica.
It’s no wonder that he has been booked for the Rocking The Daisies Electronic Dome on Saturday afternoon. Do not miss that.
Here are his 5 tracks:
Clap! Clap! Ashiko
I only recently discovered Clap! Clap! through the guys at okayafrica. It’s pretty crazy to think an Italian jazz artist is making such Afrocentric bass music, but yoh it hits just right.
Superhumanoids Feel Good Hit of the Summer
Innovative Leisure put me on to Superhumanoids, and to be honest I haven’t really found any of their other songs I enjoyed as much. Besides the obvious draw of that recurring vocal hook, I love the clear techno influence on it and the way it never quite peaks.
I was lucky enough to see AG Cook in London in June thanks to Life Magic (thanks again Guy!) and heard Sophie for the first time during his set. To be honest it didn’t click at first, but I keep coming back for more. Controversial shit.
Shabazz Palaces Forerunner Foray
I first picked up Shabazz Palace’s seminal Black Up in 2011 when I first started taking an interest in electronic music. It definitely had a huge influence on my work, and a lot of my debut EP tried drawing on similar textures. ‘Forerunner Foray’ off their recently dropped Lese Majesty just hits every single note right for me. That Lightnin’ Rod sample and the way the beat hits on “gamblers” just oozes smoothness.
DJ Zinhle My Name Is ft Busiswa (Maramza Remix)
Maramza is definitely ahead of the game here in SA. The only producer I know off hand who’s producing such high-quality ‘future bass’ (ugh) music in SA while still repping all the local cats. The (what I consider clear) DJ Rashad influence and breakbeats just do it for me.