Keleketla!: Keleketla! Remixes (Ahead Of Our Time, 2020)

February 2, 2021 at 8:10 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Keleketla!: Keleketla! Remixes

The Coldcut-assisted South African/British collective gets the remix treatment, largely keeping the messages of freedom and independence intact while varying the rhythms. Machinedrum’s mix of “Papua Merdeka” preserves Benny Wenda’s plea for help from Indonesia’s genocidal takeover of Papua, while adding some atmospheric breakbeats. Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound works magic on “Freedom Groove”, dubbing the Watts Prophets’ scream for humanity’s freedom and making more room for Tony Allen’s righteous drumming, the Antibalas horns, and other elements. Detroit’s DJ Stingray turns the gqom heater “Future Toyi Toyi” into a deconstructed don’t-say-electro banger, actually coming closer to post-industrial. Skee Mask’s “Swift Gathering” is ambient drum’n’bass with precision-engineered but full-of-life breakbeats and lush, gorgeous textures. Doesn’t sound a think like the original, mind. Floyd Lavine adds a smidgen of acid to his Afro-house mix of “Papua Merdeka”, and Esa does both deep house and Afro-synth interpretations of “Shepherd Song”. Henrik Schwarz and Project Pablo also do some smooth work on the house side. Of the two versions of the Yugen Blakrok’s poetic showcase “Crystallise”, J Saul Kane’s is by far the most bugged out, truly wonky in the best way. Jungle Drummer’s “5&1” is another incredibly organic-sounding drum’n’bass track, and Mr Raoul K cools things down with the abstract, simmering “Broken Light”.

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