TRNSD SOUND x HYPE MAGAZINE Presents Session 005 – Daev Martian

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For our 5th instalment of TRNSD Sound x HYPE Magazine Sessions, we feature Dave Moyo AKA Daev Martian who’s a DJ, producer and sound engineer based in the Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg, South Africa. He’s also signed to Kid Fonque and Julian Gomes’ Stay True Sounds label.

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Daev is expected to release his debut album “Frequency Manipulation” later in October this year and here’s the exclusive lowdown on it’s progress:

“The album “Frequency Manipulation” is being finalized & mastered in Bristol (UK), releasing it with Space Hardware. The aim here is not to have expectations, receiving it as is & then deciding where your life goes after that. Do not expect it to be like the previous releases. It will be a lot more vocal than anything I’ve ever put out (with a lot of raps). Expected release is October but stay tuned for more info on gigs & a pre-album releases”

He’ll also be hosting a Frequency Manipulation event at Kitcheners in Braamfontein on the 10th of August 2017 where you’ll get a piece of the upcoming album as he will be performing a special single off the album alongside a special guest on the forthcoming album.

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A little get to know about Daev:

– Music to get high to…

The Step Kids … https://soundcloud.com/thestepkids [Very Important], Toro Y Moi, Daev Martian and Migos

– Favourite piece of tech… A Mac Computer. (& Piano if it counts as tech)

– Music to play at the afterparty when it’s 6am and the sun is beginning to rise… Mini Culcha by Mo Kolours (Beautiful Swimmers Remix) {on Repeat}, Beauty of Sunrise by Bheki Mseleku and Low Key by Frank Casino

– Favourite hangout spot… Home, Braamfontein, Maboneng and Melville (You know how it is)

– Favourite album of all time… Tropeau Bleu by Stereolab (My answer will probably change by the time you read this)

FIND ME:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/daevmartian

Facebook: www.facebook.com/daevmartian

Twitter: www.twitter.com/daevmartian

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/daevmartian

Mixcloud: www.mixcloud.com/daev-martian

TRNSD Sound x HYPE Present Session 004 – BASMNT

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For the month of June, TRNSD SOUND x HYPE MAGAZINE Sessions will be doing a 2 hour special. Kicking off the first hour will be resident DJ, BASMNT.

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Khanyisile Dube, aka BASMNT (pronounced Bassment) is also the owner and creative director of the Joburg based streetwear brand TRNSD, created the sound division to provide a platform for South African DJs and Producers who he feels are on the same wavelength as his brand, “As in, if the type of music they play or produce had to be visually represented, you would see our shit.”

“I started DJing at the beginning of 2016, I felt like sharing the music I listen to and the vibes I go through when I design clothes or just fucking around on Photoshop, getting a glimpse of being in a space of what inspires me sonically as I conjure up concepts and ideas for my brand.”

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Twitter : @khanyiidube

Instagram : @khanyiidube

Mixcloud : www.mixcloud.com/basmnt

Bookings/Inquires : bookings@trnsd.co.za

 

TRNSD SOUND x HYPE Present Session 003 – Bo’s Hub

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For our 3rd installment we feature the Cape Town based eclectic Producer/DJ Bonolo Thomas AKA Bo’s Hub. Listen to her exclusive mix below.

 

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I recently heard the Under Pressure Sundays season finale which was released this past week. Please give us the lowdown on how the dope idea came about and are you going to continue with it or is this really the end?

So Under Pressure Sundays came about very spontaneously. My very good friend DrugFreeSports and myself started the page, with the help of Justice Machaba, Lazy Ent and Dada Shiva, as a means of channeling our experimental musical ideas. The Under Pressure Sundays page was just a simple outlet and the weekly Sundays element added to the “under pressure” type vibe we had imagined. The consistency of our weekly drops gave the experiment momentum and it literally just grew from there. Today I’d say Under Pressure Sundays is a safe space open to musicians and producers who would like to share their perspective of music.

It is definitely not the end, it’s quite the opposite actually. Under Pressure Sunday’s is structured seasonally, so this finale tape is just the end of this season. There should be more stuff coming your way in a few months or so. It’s also quite difficult to cope with the weekly time constraint so breaks are necessary.

Of course, okay that’s good news! I wanted to know in your experiences, what are some of the challenges that still have to be overcome in such a male dominated industry? Although we now have platforms like Pussy Party and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun that promote and cater for femme DJs.

I absolutely love these platforms that are surfacing in and around our spaces that cater to female talent like myself. What’s so amazing (but not surprising) is that fact that the general vibe at Pussy Party (for example) is the actual vibe. Like, nothing beats those organic energies, which says a lot about the trajectory of where the industry is headed. There are so many dope huns killing it out here, stressing about the male dominance aspect of this stuff (I feel) will hinder my vision and growth as an artist.

In your opinion, what’s the difference between the Cape Town and Joburg music scene?

In terms of the eclectic nature of the scene in both areas, I’d say they’re pretty much the same to be honest. I think Cape Town is more exciting because of the variety of spaces we have as options. It’s almost like a musical treasure hunt. You can stumble across a cool, low-key, live band acoustic spot on a strange day. A place you have never heard of and they’re playing your favourite type of music there. In Joburg you have “go-to” spots you go to in order to access these vibes. Certain places are known for certain vibes and that is how it is, unless you come across pop up festivals that creep up here and there (which we need more of).

A little get to knows:

–  Music to get high to…

Anything by Vibe Music Collective, James Blake (Pembroke/CMYK stuffs) and definitely a lot of other tracks. This question isn’t fair lol

–  Favourite piece of tech…

I’m assuming you mean technology? lols uhm… my laptop.

–  Music to play at the afterparty when it’s 6am and the sun is beginning to rise…

It depends what type of party I come from. I usually continue the previous vibe. So if we were at WeHouseSundays for example, I’d play a young deep house playlist.

–  Favourite hangout spot…

Anywhere in Obz and Woodstock (Cape Town). Kitcheners in Joburg AF. I’m more of a chill session girl or cooler box outdoorsy vibes wherever.

–  A Musician/DJ you’d want to collaborate with…

Hlasko, Linafornia, P.U.D.G.E, Steve Lacy and Frank Ocean. I want to learn from DJ Premier. I’d also love to DJ alongside someone like Hannah Faith. She attracts a very good aura and vibe. That Pussy Party type energy. Lol I know I’m reaching…

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Artwork By: @Kemo.wasabi for Under Pressure Sundays

 

 

TRNSD Sound x HYPE Presents Session 002 – DJ Doowap

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The unicorn of South Africa’s entertainment industry oozed an undeniable magic through her finger tips unto the decks which opened a new sphere for her. She catapulted from being a DJ to adding on radio presenter, TV presenter, and brand ambassador for many really cool brands and all round conceptual artist to her repertoire.

We talk to DJ Doowap about her journey in the industry and get a feel of this unequaled being. 

Who or what influenced you to start DJing and do they still play a role in your life today now that you’ve branched out into different fields in the entertainment industry?

I started DJing for some guap, whilst I was studying Sound Engineering at ASE. Little did I know that YFM would scout me at my first gig and help me make DJing a successful career. I give credit to Incredible, my DJ coach, who introduced me to the craft. He’s thankfully always around for questions.

You’ve now taken a broad-based approach to your recent sets, what has driven you in the direction of playing a fusion of genres like Grime, Kwaito and Hip Hop opposed to what you were originally known for, Dubstep?

I am glad you have done your research and are asking me relevant questions. I think music nowadays is breaking down all barriers of “genre”. My number one focus is to dabble in BASS. I am attracted to a wide range of musical styles but it always has to have that BASS undertone to raise the vibrations.

Many people struggle to fully embrace their style for the fear of what the next person might say, how did you boldly step more into who Doowap is today style wise? What was the journey like for you?

The journey of Doowap is continuous, natural and beautiful. I decided to fully embrace myself and life in 2012. My prime focus is to listen to myself, as well as the messages from Allah and my guardian angels. I am on a quest to discover my authentic identity, so as I peel the layers, my style changes in both fashion and music.

Have there been instances of ‘dream’ gigs passing you by because your external appearance was more than what the promoters could handle or have you rather had a more positive response to your image? Also, has being in the industry made it easier or difficult to stay true to your personal style?

I am sure there have been many instances that I have lost out on gigs to conservative promoters or brands but none that are memorable. I have been breaking down barriers with my image and music since I entered the game and I think I get a lot of respect for knowing my lane and being proud of my authenticity. I stay inspiring your favorite celebrities. The industry hasn’t had an effect on my personal style. The appreciation I receive on the daily is reassurance that I should continue to listen within for inspiration.

From having your own show on one of South Africa’s biggest radio stations to presenting a fresh new TV series about the “culture,” explain how the transition has been for you?

The various domains I have been dabbling in lately are ridiculously different. A whole new learning system has to be applied for each one. With radio there’s no need too be expressive with you body language but your voice must project the message. Whereas with TV it’s all about bringing your crazy energetic side out, with huge forms of expression. Live Mixing is when I am in my element. When I get to DJ my favourite tunes and put people in a happy trance I feel the most liberated. TV is a lot more nerve wracking and demands more effort from me than anything else I have ever done.

In Taste Makers, you guys showcase young creatives in South Africa’s street culture. What do you personally think of our local street culture and its growth over the years?

I am forever inspired by the young local street culture and it’s creatives. It is this rich South African culture of ours that pushes me everyday to take risks and better myself to be able to share our stories with the rest of the world. We have so much to offer as our youth are driven, unapologetic and risk takers. We drink from a fountain of eternal inspiration and have so much to offer in art,music, fashion and visual art.

We as South Africans are ever-growing and will finally truly be unlocked when internet is uncapped for everybody. Our melting pot of powerful cultures have created diverse, daring and rebellious youth that will take our street culture to next levels. The more I travel the more I appreciate where I come from, because I know we are the source.

You’ve had the opportunity to travel and spread your waves in different countries, being exposed to their street cultures and sounds. In which city did you most enjoy playing at and which was the worst, with reasoning?

A: Berlin has been my favourite, as I am never limited and the crowd is always open to experiencing new sounds. The city is full of magic that allows you to discover your powers and who you truly are. The only downside to the city, is there is no money for creatives as there is always someone willing to do it for cheaper.

The worst city was definitely Munich; People there are so stiff and stuck in a boxed routine with zero emotion. They have the money but no freedom. It was so hard to get through to them and have them enjoy a dance.

I’m sure you’ve been hounded about this but we need to know are you planning on producing/releasing any of your own music any time soon.

I wonder why I get hounded by this question all the time? I am doing so many different things and seeing how far I can stretch myself. Making awesome music is definitely something I am focusing on. Only confirmation I can give is Doowap will definitely drop music in 2017.

Favourite sneaker brand:  NIKE

Favourite album of all time:  Salt n Pepa – Very Necessary

Favourite piece of tech:  My Traktor Controller

Most favourite venue to chill at:  My Parents new slick Karaoke spot called Phaze – Corner Jan Smuts and Republic

If you ever got the chance to collaborate with any musician/DJ, who would it be: There are so many incredible women blowing my mind at the moment! Either FKA Twigs or Abra because they both have the EYE for music, fashion and visuals.

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Where can one get hold of you in terms of social media and for bookings?

Bookings info@djdoowap.com

Instagram: @djdoowap

Twitter: @dj_doowap

Facebook: DJ Doowap

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For our second guest mix, DJ Doowap hooked us up with an exclusive 55min wavy session. She tells us she actually decided to call the mix ‘Moon Waves‘ as it was developed over the period of the Pink Super Moon.

Listen to the mix below.

 

Written By: Thando Nkwane

TRNSD Sound Presents Session 001 – Deniece Marz…

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Founded in 2016, TRNSD Sound is a local platform moving culture with music as the foundation. TRNSD Sound was created to inspire a passive consumption placing value on music discovery an creation.

For our first DJ guest session, we’ve got a young wavy lady who goes by Deniece Marz… “Don’t forget the ellipsis, it’s part of the name.”

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Get to know a little bit about her and her vibes below.

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  • Who is Deniece Marz…?

Deniece Marz… is an all round artist (DJ and closet producer), currently studying fashion design.

  • What got you to start playing on the one’s and two’s and how did you end up finding your sound?

I’ve always really loved music & I’ve been known to carry a big music library in my head, so I always kinda used to mix and mesh songs in my head. That made decide to start learning how to DJ. As far as getting my sound, I’ve always been surrounded by Hip-hop and jazz music thanks to my dad and uncle.

  • Do you find any challenges being a young black women in the DJ scene?

Of course there are challenges, but I like to use that as a weapon. People don’t expect much out of you at first, because you’re a black female DJ. Once they see you play, you change the ideas they had of you because of your race and gender.

  • The South African street culture is really causing waves from the fashion to the arts and the music. What are your thoughts on how the youth are adopting and a carrying our culture? Is the representation good?

The youth is really doing their thing. They’re doing some good things in street culture. We just need to lean to stay level headed and humble, to make sure we don’t pet our egos. Also, we need to be more professional in our hustle, know how to treat people with respect and to respect their art and time.

  • Do you plan on producing or releasing your own music in future?

I would love to. I’ve been holding onto some stuff in my Ableton files. In the near future, though, I’d definitely like to put something out.

We’ve made-up a list of 5 “favourite” questions below to know a little extra about you:

1. Favorite sneaker brand?

Vans/Nikes

2. Favorite album of all time?

uhhh… ‘Black on Both Sides.’

3. Favorite piece of Tech?

My Mackbook

4. Most Favorite venue to chill at?

My room, haha dope vibes and good music all the time

5. If you ever got the chance to collaborate with any musician/DJ, ho would it be?

Musician: Daev Martian
DJ: JustThemba (favorite Dj!!!!)

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Social Media

Instagram + Twitter: _deniece_

Mixcloud: deniece_marz

Frank Casino – Whole Thing (Official Music Video)

Frank Casino – Whole Thing (Prod by D’Artzit & Dellz)

Buy on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/who…

Music video shot by Cidex Films | Directed by Jabu Nkosi & Andre Shumpert | Cinematography by Papama Tungela

Facebook: Frank Casino
Twitter: frankcasino_
Instagram: frankcasino

 

TRNSD Sound Profiles: Dapper Gang

Often we are told that first impressions are the foundation of most interactions. This notion goes hand in hand with music, assuming that you hear something and love it. You easily also have a disliking to something and never have any interest in it at all. Thus reiterating the importance of first impressions. One could see something and want to be a part of it, without the slightest bit of knowledge about it based on how it appeals to you. As you are impressed by what it is, what it stands for. An ideal that I personally had with a collective by the name of Dapper Gang. A group of musicians, photographers, designers and creatives. All from the Neighbourhood Kempton park in the East Rand of Johannesburg. Who not only form a great cohesive unit but show this in their efforts by pushing of each others with their respective fields.

 

There is a level of brotherhood displayed through appreciation and commitment to the cause that was started when Parley and Frank started making music. In a music industry that has gradually picked up in a great interest in the hip hop culture. We see different kinds of sounds being introduced, especially a great devotion to one’s respective hood(s). The musicians of Dapper gang are no exception to the pushing and representation of where they are from, giving us a glimpse of who they are representing through the music. It’s always easy to claim support from those you call your friends/around you, as there is a sense of “obligation” which is given by those you call “friends”. Problem with this obligation is that there would be no point if there is no sense of belief in what you are putting out into the world.

 

What Dapper Gang does so well is break the ceiling in the purely organic support by those affiliated with the musicians. Yes it is about the music but from the comradely shown, one sees that there it is more than just music. It is about believing in the vision, thriving for impact in having an influence on the culture through the music. Basically music for the culture. A sense of determination for not settling on being an impact to a certain target audience, thriving on wanting to shift as many people as possible. See what I have gathered from being around Dapper Gang is there is no sense of restriction, be it those around them (meaning there are countless of personalities in the group).

 

Sonically as well, yes the musicians do make hip hop. Yet it doesn’t sound the same there is diversity in how Frank wants the whole thing. Then we are put in an emotional mood by Parley showing an affectionate side with Cocaine love. Any group of friends can easily come together, give themselves a name and make music it’s very easy to be a carbon copy of Odd Future or Boyz‘n Bucks. Something that only seeks to be about themselves, push their own visions. It is another thing entirely when you come together and see the music as an avenue of bringing change that you would want to see. Wanting to shift a culture by being bigger than the name, the printed shirts. It’s a lot harder to be dapper gang because of the pressure they put on themselves, to have the impact they feel should be reflected in the society we are in.

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  • So when dapper gang and why did it start?

Is was started to be a movement, which was started when we made music. The record label only officially started in 2015 that was to make it formal. Before that it was beyond the music.

  • Who is in the record label? 

Parley, Ben Rasco and Frank casino.

 

  • With the name do you feel you any pressure attached in presenting yourself as Dapper? 

 

“Pressure we deal with is what we put into ourselves. Comes from the vision, not what we are. What we want to be. Yes we are very well dressed, elegant, and opulent. Not about what we were, more how we saw ourselves. Thus making the vision absolute.”

 

  • What is the purpose of the music with the music?

 

As Dapper Gang: Offer a home to the listeners of that nature. Feel as if they belong to what we created. Those who are feeling oppressed by the status quo come to us. To feel free is to be Dapper Gang. An escape from variety.

 

Parley : Music to console music, save myself from how I feel. “If anyone can get saved from what I do, then I’m content. That is fulfillment, what frees me follows through with the music. A Divine word if you want.

 

Rasco : Simple, reach out to the people. People need to listen, from there it’s up to them.

 

Frank : The purpose of the music is to grow, musically and as a person. Inspire, teach, learn, get in touch with your different inner emotions and gain wisdom through the sounds and content.

 

  • Where do you see Dapper in 5 years? Will you stop if you make it or not? 

 

Parley : Many people behind the movement going forward, a way of lifestyle. With no point of acting as if you are Parley/Frank. More about being whom you are, not limiting to but for the South African youth.

 

Forrest : Together, the brotherhood intact and in full bloom as we’re going to be better versions of ourselves thus translating to a better opinion to everything pertaining to the culture. Also reaching out more and being out there to be reached easily as well with regards to working with other like-minded individuals and groups. Vehemently pushing boundaries for the culture locally and internationally.

 

Frank : I see Dapper Gang Records being influential in many ways beyond the music itself. I see it playing a key role on the creative dynamics and business spectrum that will help improve the lives of others and views of arts and entertainment. I see it inspiring many others from all walks of life and different parts of the world that chasing dreams, consistency and hard work can’t take you anywhere you’d like to go. I see it as the backbone and pillar of the culture in South Africa, Africa and everywhere else in the world in 5 years’ time.

  • What do you influence to the non-musicians bring 

Havoc :  I help people bring their ideas to life and help them to keep creating product/content. Through curation, availing resources, advice and even personal experience I help people self-actualize. We are often held back not by the lack of skill or talent but because we don’t believe in ourselves and to make matters worse, we get doors slammed in our faces. I help people get past that so they can be able to keep going.

Forrest : Sourcing and sharing of international trends as well be it with regards to clothing, visuals (video and stills)  and new up and coming artists, local like-minded individuals as well. So quite a bit of research and ultimately our combined plight as the dapper gang provides subject matter for the raps be it our accomplishments, errors and everything in between

Nobody is saying wake up tomorrow and announce yourself as dapper gang, yet nobody is saying don’t. If anything it is “Great option to follow”. I myself personally am a member of Dapper Gang, started today.

By: Thube Nkutha

 

 

Live For Live

Concerts, concerts, always a flip the coin situation. More for the uncertainty of what will be coming your way, one should have expectations especially when they have paid money for it. Now you are patiently waiting for the entire ordeal to go well, hoping it will all be worth it. Concerts offer something you wouldn’t experience when jamming alone or with headphones on your way to school/work, very much a surreal feel of the music itself.

There is a certain level of effort put in by the artists during a performance, as a fan you want to see when they pour themselves into their music. Something you can only see live. For some, the atmosphere itself is what wins them over, how great the act is able to engage with the crowd, giving another aspect which adds to the music. Certain international acts don’t give their all in their performances. Mainly big names (will not name drop), key word was certain. As not all artists have this inferiority complex about South Africa, Africa as a whole actually. Probably seeing a big international act give us his/her all on stage, wanting to make our money worth spending on them. Especially when one we’re to exchange our currency into their currencies, they wouldn’t be making much profit but that’s when you gauge an artist who is in it for the art. The people who appreciate their art. Instead of it being a selfish gain, how they are doing South Africa a favor.

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Before I continue a few concert rules need to be set;
1. Tall people should not be in the front of the damn audience. I mean you can easily see above most heads, now why be “that guy” who wants to see everything impeding others’ view. Where is the damn decorum!?
2. Don’t by any means stand next to the speaker, no matter how psyched you are feeling that night. The next morning will definitely be a horrific one.
3. Can the opening acts not be a platform for organizers pushing their friends’ Mixtapes. Especially when the music is so experimental, it feels weird. Yeah yeah I get intimate crowds are open to new things. But not all new things need to be experimented all the time you know? No? Okay.

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I recently went to a concert by a Canadian jazz band by the name of BadBadNotGood (styled as BADBADNOTGOOD, BBNG for short). They were initially only performing at The International Cape Town Jazz Fest. But, someone probably getting God on the phone, Kool Out managed to bring them to Jo’burg. Something I personally have become a huge fan of, is how these small bands can get a crowd (granted I’ve only been to two concerts) it’s about how music can travel through many countries. Good music will always be found and heard. It shows when these relatively small acts, who aren’t known commercially can sell out the works, without losing the main theme of an intimate setting with the audience. The ability to engage with the crowd, without feeling you aren’t having the same experience as a person three places behind you. Maybe this is dramatic but, you feel how it is to be in studio with them jamming.

Generally from the comments made by the “Beyoncé” of BBNG, who was very surprised as to how energetic the crowd was, it could be that us being in another country. We hardly get acts constantly coming back, as we have come to know that a world tour equals every place besides anywhere in Africa. The crowd knows they have to make the most of this opportunity. Getting an artist at their peak, whereas most legendary artists see South Africa as a ticket to enjoy their glory days who come way after their own buzz has died down in their own country. I personally don’t want to be at a Big Sean concert when his raps are all corny and he isn’t rapping songs I would like him to right now before he stops performing ever. Probably this forms my biased need for an intimate performance, making it feel that the artist is purely trying to please me or one person even though they aren’t (I probably sound narcissistic but I’m not).

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Back to the concert, it felt as if I was back at Puma Social Club (a social event which Puma used to host in different cities around Gauteng), and I never wanted it to end. From the opening sets that were playing music you wouldn’t hear when you are out but should. Opening acts got a bit weird (remember point umber 3). Past the clustered crowd, being close to the speaker, sweating a bit from all the cigarettes. Concerts have this feel that music can bring anyone together for about 2-6 hours. Fine, fine we not saying music is changing the world. We can say concerts are the one place where world peace can be seen.

I recommend to vibe out to BBNG, they’re really worth having a listen to — SOUNDCLOUD

Author: Njabulo ‘Thube’ Nkutha

TRNSD Sound x STR WRD Present Bassment Sessions 05 Mix

Bassment Sessions 5

Stream/Download Bassment Sessions 05 Mix by resident DJ BASMNT

TRACKLIST

Track Title Artist
A Tale of 2 Citiez J Cole
Worthy Jeremih ft. Jhene Aiko
Summertime DJ Jazzy Jeff &The Fresh Prince
Like It Like That A Tribe Called Quest
Righteous Minds Joey Bada$$
Electric Lady Janelle Monae ft. Solange
Baddest AKA ft. Burna Boy, Yanga & Khuli Chana
Your Love Mick Jenkins
Can I Kick It? A Tribe Called Quest
Don’t (Bryston Tiller Salgueiro Mix) Sango ft. Chris McClenney
B4 The Night Is Thru Jesse Boykins III
Girl Vanilla
Hip Hop Hooray Naughty By Nature
Highlights Kanye West ft. Young Thug
You Know What’s Up Donell Jones
Mac Tonight Skyler Spence

TRNSD Sound Presents STUDIO 1

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TRNSD Sound Presents STUDIO 1

A bi-weekly show in which we host conversations with local upcoming “b-side” artists, cats who are causing waves beyond radio and television. We are creating a platform for new and alternative sounds which South Africans have to offer. The Intro features a Guest Mix (snippet) by DJ BASMNT. Have a listen via STUDIO 1 Intro (Snippet)

Full Intro coming soon. Keep tabs on TRNSD90.com/Sound

Sound Direction

  1. ScienZe ft J’Von – Georgia state
  2. J’Von feat. Froyo Ma – The Escape From The Evil Queen
  3. SABA – GPS
  4. Skitz – FunGumSong
  5. Solve the problem – Space Jum

A quote I saw a few days ago on Twitter said “Hip hop was never the same when the beat became more important than the lyrics.” Which is a valid statement as we have seen the trap scene booming. Don’t mind that pun as it reflects if you want to “make it” or stand out a hit is needed to give you the attention. Problem is whether you dilute your standard of raps to fit into and be accepted. Not all rappers are standing for that and still believe in the individualism that is hip hop. That defines their music, an extension of themselves rather an extension of what people want. Then will keep jumping on to who is hot after a month or so. Music, especially rap with the magnitude it holds needs to be timeless if not that at least a genre we can always reflect back to. The rappers chosen have their own style as well approach to the genre. And fit into the ideal that current trends or styles don’t always have to be followed to stand out.

  1. Rayvn Lenae – Venezuela trains
  2. Arima Ederra – Crystal blue
  3. Peyton – Unforgettable
  4. V__ – somebody
  5. iindirhe – *rehab taxi trips*

Guys of the new school general of R&B have kind of defined their own sound. One which has been particularly come to definition is Trap soul. Don’t know what Trap soul is? Picture a classic Usher song, talking about him in the rain this time all while being able to do the dab. This genre has been led by the likes of PND, Tory Lanez and Bryson Tiller. Making you wonder if there is still much room for any female artists to fit into this genre. As we all know Women tend to have that bit much soul than me. Now, now I’m not comparing but facts can’t be dismissed. With the new school for ladies they usually still keep to the winning formula. KEEP THE DAM SOUL, with an exception to a few who have become brave enough to expand what R&B for women is. This takes on a different kind of beat selection range. These beats would easily suit rappers yet these girls are still able to capture a person. Put them in their feels, all at the same time not moving away from the title of R&B. There hasn’t been a definition to describe it as yet, it’s probably labelling it as alternative is the safest thing to do. So what Alternative soul? I don’t know, as music is always progressing and so should the artists.   These new age singers are certainly not putting themselves into a box. Maybe we should also open ourselves to what we are being presented with.

  1. Montell2099 – baebae
  2. Monte Booker – New Chapter.
  3. PYRMDPLAZA – Drowning
  4. Mulherin – Take Two.
  5. Sam Gellaitry – Childhood.

The unsung heroes of most of songs but hardly ever get the credit they deserve. Except for a prod by. At the end of a song and it mostly ends there. Unless you are a house-hold do people hardly care who produced the beat. There will always be those people who go “oh my sack this beat is crazy, who is this who is this” get the artists name and leave it at that. Also it never helped when searching for a producer on Soundcloud you wouldn’t find any body of work. Excluding the instrumentals from your favourite song there was no diversity. This changed when producers saw how much people actually would be keen to hearing their beats alone. Beat tapes became serious notions where you had to be making one for your fans. Ta-ku, Sango did well by breaking through this certain kind of sound. The catch was not be to be repetitive in what you have made, as people would not have that great of an interest over something that wouldn’t move them. There is no lyrics so something surely has to give, oh and how the selected producers give.

By: Thube Nkutha

 

 

TRNSD SOUND x STRWRD PRESENT BASSMENT SESSIONS

TRNSD Sound has come together with South African lifestyle and entertainment blog TheStreetWordIz  to present bi-weekly mixes by our very own DJ BASMNT titled ‘Bassment Sessions’ which are made available to the public for streaming or free download. It’s in the name, so expect an eclectic, underground and raw music, not really common in the South African club scenes but that what we’re trying to change.

Download/Stream: Bassment Session 02

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Tracklist

  • 2 Chainz – Flexin’ On My Baby Mama
  • Future – Thought It Was A Drought
  • Travi$ Scott – Uptown (Ft. A$AP Ferg)
  • Bryston Tiller – 502 Come Up
  • Pusha T – King Push
  • Father – Fake AF
  • Nasty C – Bamm Bamm
  • Chinx  – Hitta
  • Young Thug – With That
  • Future – March Madness
  • Emtee – Roll Up
  • 2 Chainz – Watch Out
  • Priddy Ugly – My Swing
  • PARTYNEXTDOOR – Wild Bitches
  • Meek Mill – Jump Out The Face (Ft. Future)
  • Travi$ Scott – Basement Freestyle
  • Young Thug – Pull Up On A Kid (Feat. Yak Gotti)
  • Anatii – Jump (Ft. Cassper Nyovest & Nasty C)

Loneruniverse – SOLITUDE EP

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South African ‘Trap Soul’ rapper Lungile Zungu who goes under the alias loneruniverse has been at it for a minute now. To follow up from the two singles he released last year, 13.Pt2 and Rebecca, Lungtsa has kicked off 2016 by releasing the final project, an EP titled ‘S O L I T U D E’.

Download EP

Bassment Sessions 1 By DJ BASMNT

 

Stream/Download: Bassment Sessions 01

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TRACKLIST

Future – Groupies
Travi$ Scott – A Team
Chinx – Abu Dhabi
Migos – One Time
Travi$ Scott – Basement Freestyle
Rae Sremmurd – My X
Vic Mensa – U Mad (Feat. Kanye West)
Future & Drake – Big Rings
Young Thug –  Best Friend
Travi$ Scott – Antidote
2 Chainz – A Milli Billi Trilli (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)
Migos – Look At My Dab
Kiff No Beat – Tu Es Dans Pain
Future & Drake – Jumpman
Young Thug – Pull Up On A Kid (Feat. Yak Gotti)
Future – F*ck Up Some Commas
Schoolboy Q – F*ck LA
ILOVEMAKONNEN – Forever (Feat. Santigold & 1st)
Travi$ Scott – Backyard
PARTYNEXTDOOR – Party At 8
Kanye West – Facts
Young Thug – Switcheroo (Feat. Travi$ Scott & Guava Diaz) *Rough Cut*

Lucky Charmes ft Wiley – Skank (TRNSD Cameo)

MUSIC VIDEO: UK’s Lucky Charmes ft Wiley – SKANK.

Cameo appearances by Co-founders of Trendscend (TRNSD)

From South Africa to the UK #Worldwide

TRNSD Top 10 Albums/Mixtapes We Fux With.

Vince Staples -Summertime 06 The Internet - Ego Death SPZRKT x Sango - Hours Spent Loving You Meek Mill - Dreams Worth More Than Money Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly Ghostface-killah x BadBadNotGood - Sour Soul Future_Monster Father - Who's Gonna Get Fucked First Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf

Top 10 Albums/Mixtapes TRNSD is currently fucking with…

1. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06

2. The Internet – Ego Death

3. SPZRKT & Sango – Hours Spent Loving You

4. Meek Mill – Dreams Worth More Than Money

5. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

6. Ghostface Killah & BadBadNotGood – Sour Soul

7. Future – Monster

8. Father – Who’s Gonna Get Fucked First

9. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside

10. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf

Lolawolf for ASOS

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James Levy, Zoe Kravits and Jimmy Giannopoulos. Together, this trio form the band ‘LOLAWOLF‘.

Who’s Gonna Get F***** First?

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ATL rapper, Father has released a new wavy project titled “Who’s Gonna Get F***** First?“. With his signature banging, bouncy psychedelic beats and lazy like flow, there’s no way you wouldn’t get the urge to pop your WRIST WRIST WRIST WRIST WRIST WRIST. The tape features the well known single “Spoil You Rotten” and can be purchased on iTunes

#TRNSDapproved

Earl Sweatshirt – Grief

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Earl Sweatshirt recently released the first single to his sophomore album titled ‘I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt. Watch the wavy music video here #TRNSDapproved