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The Booth: Thor Rixon

Thor Rixon’s music career started out, like many, as a pre-teen strumming a guitar. This evolved into his teen years where…

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.

Thor Rixon’s music career started out, like many, as a pre-teen strumming a guitar. This evolved into his teen years where he played trumpet for Checked Zebra – a high school band basking in the glory of the prolific Cape Town ska scene of the mid-2000s. After leaving the band he veered toward the electronic music world and honed his knowledge of music production at Cape Audio College. He proceeded, academically, by trading in music for film at City Varsity. His film and music production skills would be put to use in the development of a solo career and of the late Sun-Do Q’lisi, and eventually see him currently heading up naasFILMS and naasMUSIC. He released his debut solo album, Shared Folder, in May 2013 and has produced tracks for Al Bairre, Booklub and Push Push (still to be released). Today sees the release of the lead single and video, ‘Misery Belle‘ ft. Inge Beckmann, off his second album, Tea Time Favourites, which will be released through naasMUSIC on Monday 2 June. Here are his five tracks:

Burning Spear – Black Wa Da Da (Invasion)

This is the first proper reggae/dub song I ever heard and also marks the point in my life where I said to myself, ‘I want to make music’.


Beirut – Elephant Gun

One of my favourite songs – the tone of this guy’s voice gets me every goddam time.


Noah and The Whale – First Days of Spring

I will be listening to this song for the rest of my life. It will never get old. It is so hopeful and melancholic and is perfect listening for anytime where you may feel a little kak about life and the universe.


The Watermark High – Saudade

This song has been on repeat since it came out. This guys production is like nothing I have come across in a long time and the tone and feeling he manages to capture with his music is so mesmerising. That fact that this artist is South African is just the cherry on top.


Stromae – Tous Les Memes

I have been a big fan of this guy since he released his first major single ‘Alors On Danse’. This track features some amazing horn melodies and rhythms with a huge driving kick and masterful production. The music video is also a work of art as we see Stromae portray both a male and female in ever changing sets. So brilliant!


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