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The Booth: WiLDEBEATS

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.

WiLDEBEATS aka Mohato Lekena, is one of Cape Town’s finest Producer/DJs on the rise. Having been featured as one of Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans as well as being selected to join The Brother Moves On for a trip to perform at Roundhouse in London, it’s no surprise why this is the case. He is first and foremost a computer scientist working on making music software which undoubtedly provides him with an incredibly unique insight into and perspective on producing and DJ-ing. He was recently added to the Rocking The Daisies Electronic Dome line-up which is a truly significant indication of where his work is taking him.
Here are his 5 tracks, or as he likes to call them, “the beats that the Beats gets down with”:


Sophie Hard

This is the opposite to so many of the self-serious beats out there that some people get down with. This beat just wants to have fun, even though it’s ice cold. This beat knows exactly what it’s doing, and it’s doing what it wants.


Hudson Mohawke Snapdragon

This beat right sounds straight like a purple carnival. It’s Hudmo at his eccentric best, with so much percussion, and so many great rhythms. This beat is almost fun enough to hook up with the Sophie beat and have beat babies, yet the musicianship is mcwah!


Walkboy Cold Day (Part I)

How more minimal may minimal music be if minimal music may be minimal? I don’t even know what a Walkboy is but it’s here to answer that very question. Before you play this one you need to grease your bunions, ‘cos it’s a track for dancing.


FKA twigs Two Weeks

Who doesn’t yet know that this song is amazing? Probably not anyone I’m hanging out with –  that’s who. This is at least 5 different types of sexy, wrapped in some pulsing synthesizers, skittering production and excellent moush sounds. (And the video???)


The Knife A Tooth For An Eye

The Knife are a “band” with a sharp ear for rhythm and harmony that’s both somewhat familiar but still weird and cutting edge. This track raw and its influences are so far ranging. We need more of this.

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