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The Booth: Shane Cooper

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.

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that Shane Cooper is one of the most talented musicians working in Cape Town right now. Trained as a jazz musician, he is currently making electronic music under the moniker Card On Spokes, and is due to release a new EP, Lead Me To The Water, on Friday (find about the launch party here and here). He also plays as one half of Seafood with Dank. Below are his selections for The Booth, five songs that are currently floating his proverbial boat. 

1) Imperial Tiger Orchestra – Bati

This band played in Cape Town a few years ago at a Pan African Space Station event, and they were incredible.  They’re a Swiss band who play Ethiopian music, and it’s some of the grooviest music I’ve heard, with a mystical flavour.  This has been one of my late night songs of choice for the last year.

2) Fela Kuti – Water no get enemy

Another track that I’ve been addicted for the last year.  It’s got this super groove at the best tempo.  One of my favourite Fela songs forsure.

3) Lone – Airfire Glows

This song has been my track of tracks for the last few weeks.  If you listen to this first thing in the morning it makes you amped for everything.  It’s just ridiculously infectious.

4) Portishead – The Rip

I started listening to their 3rd album again the other day for the first time in a few years, and I sat and played this song on repeat about eight times, it just gets betters everytime I hear it.  I love how the drums only come in after 2 minutes, and that kick drum pattern is the freshest. It’s just a perfect song on all levels.

5) Toro Y Moi – So many Details

Heard this track for the first time recently and I can’t get enough of it.  I’ve been listening to this everyday since then.  It’s got so much attitude, and I love the surprises that come along the way, like the percussion towards the end.

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