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The Booth: Hessien+

The Booth: Hessien+ / Original Image by Kent Andreasen
The Booth: Hessien+ / Original Image by Kent Andreasen
Announcing their arrival through a stellar no-warning release in October 2014, Sebastiano Zanasi (of Christian Tiger School, Yes In French) and Sebastien van Oudenhove (also of Yes In French) delivered Hessien+ in classic, but sterling internet fashion. They’ve stuck to this fairly consistently since then with only a handful of sporadic live performances and releases. However, their presence has recently become slightly more formalised through the forming of Quit Safari – a Cape Town label run by them, as well as the other members of Christian Tiger School, Fever Trails, Yes In French, Damascvs and Swishascus,and planned releases from John Bigmun and Selphir (FKA Desert_head).

Along with naturally executed banter, the podcast series which cemented the label’s formation provides a brief look into some of the most recent tracks from each of the artists/groups – and thus a more regular dose of Hessien+’s brand of percussive and hypnotic dancefloor murkers; or in the words of their newly-created Facebook page bio: “Hessien+ make techno”.

A few weeks ago, Cape Town artist management and bookings agency, Black Major, announced that, in association with Quit Safari, they would be bringing out UK producer Rival Consoles for a South African tour. This kicks off on Saturday in Cape Town at SWIM, and will have shows in Grahamstown, Durban and Jozi, where Hessien+ and the other Quit Safari artists will be playing alongside him. Early bird tickets are all sold out, so if you are planning on going, it’s advised to get proactive about getting in early.
(Edit: they’ve just released 50 tickets at door prices, so you can guarantee your spot)

We all want to know exactly what our favourite musicians are bumping, to get a sense of where all the magic partly comes from. The Booth is a taste of all that. Hessien+ have shared with us 5 tracks that they’re into, in no particular order:

Pev & Kowton – ‘End Point (Stenny & Andrea Remix)’

We’ve been listening to a lot of music with a harder approach to rhythm and with that we’ve been finding new people who get the sound incredibly well and this is just one example.

Titonton – ‘Signs of Inertia’
This a great track and it’s amazing that this is still incredibly relevant even though it is 19 years old.

Wesley Matsell – ‘Dowlais Wheelie Crew’
A nice direction on the border community sound.

One of our favourite releases off Crosstown Rebels.

Cosmin TRG – Uzura
We listen to more drum heavy music than we used to. This is one of our favourites.


Reminder: Catch Hessien+ at SWIM this Saturday, and find the rest of the tour schedule here.

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