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Track of the Day: Maramza – Crazy Bout U (U Do Me Wrong)

For the single folk, Valentine’s Day proved a fertile excuse to rant about…

For the single folk, Valentine’s Day proved a fertile excuse to rant about gooey status updates, the evil hand of big business behind the day and to remind everyone about how much you hated The Notebook in any case. However, it also proved the perfect opportunity to get lost in naasMUSIC’s P.S Bar  – a compilation of songs based on the theme of ‘love’. 

The standout track is by Maramza with the text-message worthy ‘Crazy Bout U (U Do Me Wrong)’. Exemplifying the best that South Africa has to add to the growing bass music scene popularized by the likes of SBTRKT and Jamie xx, Maramza uses a simple, yearning vocal sample and then pulls it down to dark twisted oblivion before raising it back up again to lighter ground. Amidst a cacophony of grinding industrial effects and pounding percussion, the tension of a relationship is slowly ratcheted up, only to end with a whimper of a fluttering synth. Now this is something to love. 

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