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Originally released in South Africa in 1994 on the Mighty Good Sounds imprint, Sea Bee’s debut album was a hit in the earliest days of kwaito, epitomising the house-infused soundtrack of a newly democratic nation.

While it may have been Sea Bee’s release, the key to the album’s success was the magic touch of Spokes H, who composed, produced and arranged all the tracks. Sea Bee would soon disappear off the radar, while Spokes remained an influential and popular figure in SA until his untimely death in 2013.

The latest release on DJ Okapi’s Afrosynth Records removes two tracks from the original six-track album, keeping four of the choicest downtempo dancefloor bombs – "Home Boy", "I Wanda Why", "Thiba" and "Stoppa" - all heavy on the bass, with uplifting vocals and unique lyrics guaranteed to increase the energy on any dancefloor, in any country at any time.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: DJ Okapi flicks through his record box, picks out a total Kwaito classic and trims off the excess fat, offering us the solid sounds of Sea Bea as a DJ friendly 12". Chunky and funky with all the African flavour you could ask for!

Good Block have been throwing parties in and around London for the past six years. Nomadic and sporadic in form and function, their parties are centred around danceable odd-ball gems and have hosted the likes of Jamie Tiller, Jon K, Esa, John Gomez, Selvagem, DJ Nomad, Bradley Zero, DJ Okapi, Jonny Rock, Apiento, DJ Vegetable and Cosmic Slop.
After a series of DJ friendly edits issued gratis, Good Block finally put out their first fully fledged EP of original material; a composite soup of influences and styles from around the Orb, trekking through slow jungle chug, cosmic Caribbean Juno jams, Japanese synth pop snares and New-Age meanderings.
We get off to a fucking glorious start with the sharp mallets, sampled vox and rainforest ambience of techno-tropical opener "Jungle Fly", an instant and eternal Talking Drums classic. From there we drift into the digi reggae meets Balearic funk heater "Dub 4 Joy", a Ruf Dug styled diversion into shoulder rolling ecstacy which sits perfectly next to that Monyaka dub we all hammer. Skip to the flip and lock into the metallic rhythm of "Ryu's Dream" a post Paisley machine funk heater which somehow combines new beat, Japanese Synth pop and Minneapolis' finest into one strange and sexy club cut. Finally, "Cabo Trek" takes us out of the club and into the pixel mountains with its misty fourth world invention - if they ever made a video game of Romancing the Stone, this would have been the perfect soundtrack. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: I am all over this! Good Block take inspo from the coolest shit out there (Japanese synth, tropical funk, B-word boogie and new age dancers) to make a four tracker of ORGINAL productions. Every single track on here slays, but it's "Jungle Fly" and "Ryu's Dream" that we'll be hammering at Talking Drums.


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