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Friday Fives: Club Zanzibar and Fantasma and Sendspace Selfies…

This week on the round up we bring you crazily cheap new music, mind boggling hybrids and the history of House music institution…

Electro Zulu Post-Punk Futurism from South Africa

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We’re always on the look out for something a bit different to share with you, and Fantasma – headed up by ‘Township Tech’ pioneer Spoek Mathambo. The South African first came to the attention of the British music press via a brilliant re-working of Joy Division’s timelessly doom laden ‘She’s Lost Control’ that brought Johannesburg flavour to the original’s Mancunian Post-Punk gloom. Mathambo’s latest musical venture see’s him working with ‘Bacardi House’ innovator DJ Spoko – who dropped an excellent RA Mix this week and was an uncredited contributor to DJ Mujava’s crossover hit ‘Township Funk‘, guitarist André Geldenhuys, drummer Michael Buchanan and Bhekisenzo Cele to form the five man Fantasma.

Available to stream in full over on Dazed, the group’s debut ‘Eye of the Sun’ EP is an engrossing melting pot of influences – bringing in Shangaan Electro, New Wave, South African House, Hip Hop and Punk for a sound that is genuinely unlike anything we’ve heard in a long time. Check it out and make sure to read the inormative and irreverent track explanations from Mathambo as well.

An oral history of Club Zanzibar


Along with The Music Box in Detroit, The Warehouse in Chicago and Paradise Garage in New York City, New Jersey’s Club Zanzibar is widely regarded as one of the most influential clubs in early dance music history. Featured on Red Bull Music Academy, Bruce Tatum’s exhaustive oral history of the venue brings together all the surviving key players involved in helping take the club from a once dingy Holiday Inn in unglamorous Newark, New Jersey to a nightlife mecca that’s still spoken of in hushed tones to this day. Directly inspired by Paradise Garage and Studio 54 in neighboring NYC, Zanzibar was influential from the start – proving to be the launch pad for the Sugarhill Gang’s incredibly influential ‘Rapper’s Delight’ when DJ Gerald T played it to a rapturous dancefloor back in 1979.

Playing host to performances from the likes of Grace Jones, Roy Ayers, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King and Chaka Khan, Zanzibar was also  the space in which Tony Humphries – eventual mentor to Kerri Chandler, would carve out his legacy. Humphries contributes to Tatum’s oral history along with many others who had their lives touched forever by this special club.

Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston play in a psychedelic DJ booth

Patchy sound quality on this clip of the veteran duo playing Back 2 Basics in Leeds recently – although that’s very much besides the point. The mind bending visuals surrounding are part of The Think Tank project – a collaborative effort between 4D, Realflow, TurbulenceFD, After Effects and Resolume. Originally put together a year ago, the installation had sat on the shelf until B2B’s Dave Beer decided to roll it out as part of his ‘A Love From Outer Space’ event with Weatherall and Johnston. Needless to say we’re looking forward to seeing it rolled out at more clubs in the future.

Xosar for a quid

Some very high quality music available for cheap here as highly prolific L.I.E.S and Rush Hour affiliate Xosar has put up a new 11 track album, ‘Psychick Justice’ for the measly price of €1. A selection of dizzying synthesizer mini-epics its danceable and engaging music that’s more than worth the meagre price.


Four Tet and TEED take selfies

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First class silliness from Four Tet and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs to conclude this week’s round up, as the two attempted to prank unsuspecting music journalists the world over. Tweeting that he and Four Tet had collaborated together, TEED then said the fruits of their labour would be available on Sendspace as a free download for 24 hours. A link to said download arrived in due course although those who clicked were met not with music, but instead 15 selfies taken by the pair as they clowned around recently. Presumably we should consider ourselves well and truly punked?