I realised the other day that all I really do is post tracks I like on Facebook.

So maybe it’s easier to just post them on here, and then at least we have a sort of diary of stuff we bought and liked.
Here’s 3 tracks we bought in the last week, so I guess we must have liked them.

 Jurassic 5 – Customer Service

Well this is super old-school in flavour, and it’s now 8 months old, but i didn’t realise J5 had recorded a new track. I knew they were touring again. This is a free download too, so I guess head on over here and grab it.

Fono – Feet on the Ground (Ivy Lab Remix)

I heard this on this Ivy Lab mix, and I guess it just has something really great to it. Spacy, tripped out, heavy.

Manu Digital – Digital Robot feat. George Palmer

So blissful and spaced out, dub with hardly any beats, but just seems to work so well even in the midst of much more beatsy sets.

Today, here is the first track from our forthcoming second full length album, “You Can”, a slice of Nu-Disco we’re really excited to be able to finally put out there. It’s been a while since we’ve released new music.

Life has kind of gotten in our way the last few years, but we’ve finally got round to producing most of a new album, called exactly that “Life get’s in the way”.

We’re pretty amped to finally get the ball rolling on this, and we really hope you are too.

 

You can grab it on iTunes at this link, or, if you’ve signed up to our mailing list, you’ll be getting a download link in a bit:)

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So we made this edit for fun in an afternoon a couple of weeks ago, something we’ll be doing more of in the coming months with our friend Kimon. You can grab it for free from the soundcloud embed below.

We’ve always loved Maceo, The J.B’s (Fred Wesley I think is one of our favourite trombonists), and Cross the Tracks just grooves so hard. M.O.P smashed it with Ante Up, it still drops hard if you play it in 2013.
This is maybe a glimpse of what might have happened if those guys had an accident with a time machine and wound up stumbling onto stage with one of the baddest funk outfits in the business:) Download it below.

Drop us a comment below giving us your best idea for a mashup. We’ll make the one we think is the best, and swing the person who comes up with it a copy of our album ‘Look Mom No Hands’ on African Dope.

100% All Local Ultimix

Saturday 5th of October at 18H30 Euphonik is featuring the 100% all local Ultimix we put together for the fresh drive 2 weeks ago, on his show on 5fm. It has tracks from Sibot, Jumping Back Slash, The Brother Moves On, Dank, P.H.fat ,Jam Jarr and Phaze amongst others. Listen in Here

Helen Herimbi from The Cape Argus wrote a really nice article about the E.P. we recently launched with SFR.

Here’s what she had to say (you can read the original article here):

They may have started out with an album called Look Mom, No Hands, but Mix N Blend could very well have called that album and every subsequent offering Look Mom, All Genres.

Created by friends and DJs-cum-producers, Jon Arnold and Kevin Ribbans, Mix N Blend are the result of music that is composed by the pair and performed by a live band that transcends any one genre.

The eclectic band includes vocalists EJ von Lyrik, Crosby Bolani as well as Lee Thomson (synth and trumpet), Callum McDonald (guitar), Ross McDonald (trombone), Inka Kendzia (visuals) and drummer, Sean Ou Tim. Those last two acts are, of course, professionally known as Mr Sakitumi and The Grrrl. Arnold takes care of the tenor saxophone as well as samples and Ribbans is on beats and effects.

Most recently, Mix N Blend have decided to work with South African DJ SFR, who now lives in Switzerland, on a collaboration EP called Mother City.

“SFR is a really good producer and together, we’ve written a track called Tantrums that featured EJ von Lyrik on our first album,” Ribbans explains how the collaboration started.

“For this project, initially we just wanted to write one track together. We wanted to combine that UK electronic funk with the kwaito flavour.”

The Mother City EP features the Cape Town kwaito duo The Ruffest and Bonj Mpanza on the tracks that use kwaito-inspired sounds as a base. Ribbans says the title of the EP “came about when we started to get this ragga element into the songs and Crosby came up with ‘this is how we do it in the Mother City’ chorus and it just fit since we all have different backgrounds.”

Speaking of backgrounds, many people from all over the country and even this continent (including The Dogg, a kwaito musician from Namibia) have been inspired by kwaito. There is even a subgenre simply referred to as Durban kwaito. Is there such a thing as Cape Town kwaito?

Ribbans laughs: “I don’t think I have the authority to speak on that, but I do think The Ruffest is sculpting a kwaito flavour that is unique to Cape Town and even they have some influence from Durban kwaito but, you know, people grow up differently.”

And this unique, out-of-the-box method of mashing up genres is what makes Mix N Blend refreshingly different.

“We’ve always liked the multi-genre approach to music,” explains Ribbans. “We wanted to keep this EP dance floor-friendly and kwaito fits in well with that dance floor aspect.”

Download Mix N Blend and DJ SFR’s Mother City EP for free from http://www.soundcloud.com/mixnblend.

Today sees the official release of the brand new Mother City E.P. by Cape Town’s SAMA nominated act, Mix n Blend. The EP, entitled Mother City, features four tracks in collaboration with SFR, with vocals courtesy of The Ruffest, Chronic Clan, and Bonj, and will be available for free download from their SoundCloud page.