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The Booth: Kimon

Kimon de Greef (Kimon) has made a name for himself as one of Cape Town’s prominent…

Fans, casual listeners and critics aren’t the only consumers of music. Every fortnight, we ask a prominent or exciting local artist to share five tracks that are currently on rotation on their boombox/diskman/Zune – oldies, latest hits, oddities and obscurities. Welcome to The Booth.

Kimon de Greef (Kimon) has made a name for himself as one of Cape Town’s prominent selektah-DJs with a finely tuned skill for crowd-reading and a pallet for great music. His playlists are riddled with funk, soul, reggae and hip hop that could only be discovered through expansive internet travels and vinyl hunting driven by the sincerest passion for incredible music – both current and that which has been lost on our generation. This passion has filtered into his founding of a monthly event at The Waiting Room called Natural Selection which provides a platform for great DJs who play music that doesn’t require a context in order to be good. It just is. Keep an eye out for Kimon’s progress and check out Natural Selection next Thursday.


Quincy Jones — The Dude

After years of resistance I’ve finally crumbled and started collecting vinyl. Last weekend I went digging and found this album by Quincy Jones, the genius producer who worked with Michael Jackson, among other amazing artists. It cost R10. This is the title track and the groove is too thick and juicy for words.


Marc Moulin — Humpty Dumpty

Dilla has sampled this track, which has one of the most revelatory horn arrangements I’ve ever heard. A Joburg friend I met online posted this a while a back, illustrating the power of the internet for making new music connections. This song reminds me of Outkast’s Opottieottiedopaliscious, which is also completely nuts.


The Valentines — Blam Blam Fever

I grew up listening to reggae and roots Jamaican music, so a song like this will always knock me flat. Scratchy rocksteady ska flavours with the funkiest guitar licks. I discovered the track on a compilation disc I got from a Barcelona reggae-head whilst travelling in 2011 and it’s pure fire.


The Jackson 5 — Dancing Machine

I really don’t know what to say about Motown pop music this raw. The Jackson 5 have some berserk arrangements yet they were a crafted commercial group, an industry gimmick even. It’s boggling! The way the groove drops at the start of this track is so counter-intuitive and so, so right.


The Roots — The Next Movement

Some songs make sense the first second you hear them. RJD2’s Ghostwriter is one example. This is another. People who have never heard The Roots before get so loose to this track it’s scary. I love the repetitive simplicity of the instrumental and the way the vocals that flow on top keep the groove fresh. 

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