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PREMIERE: Motherland X collabs with South African artist, SOLR, for its first remix pack for 2018

2017 was the year of the remix, with Motherland X releasing a slew of stellar remix packs. From the Venda Pop Star himself Una Rams, to the Mzansi Mnandi pioneering duo XMPL, the goal was to collaborate with local talent and work on amazing songs that transcended the pop culture wave.

2018 isn’t going to be any different. The crew at Motherland X is back again with another remix pack to kick off the year, this time collaborating with South African singer/songwriter SOLR, for her debut single “Fall.”

This pack features remixes from Deeper Shades Of House artist Slotta, MLX artists Vuma, Devin Dee and Martin Dexo.

Each bringing their own vibes, the guys deliver a variety of styles from Slotta’s laid back melodic trap banger, to Martin’s Afro House infused rendition. Devin Dee delivers an experimental composition filled with intriguing melodies and a hard hitting sub 808, with Vuma closing out the pack with an amazing blend of future bass and smooth R&B notes.

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The production on this remix pack is world-class and impactful, with a clear artistic and creative direction. The MotherLand X team was able to curate an experience as the remix pack carries a consistent and well thought-out theme. In its core, the remix pack is electronic with ambient textures borrowed from various, prominent modern genres. The production manages to highlight SOLR’s vocal prowess and thrusts her before the ears of the listener, which is great because her vocal range shines through beautifully.

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Introducing STAVE: A Joburg-based producer serving ambient beats to get lost to

Electronic music in South Africa has grown, with the various sub-genres of electronic music now coming to the fore as more and more producers share their work on the internet in hopes to build their respective scenes. From electronica to dubstep to drum & bass and many more sub-genres, electronic music is adding to the narrative of South African music. For many years, House music has been the preferred sub-genre of electronic music in South Africa, but that is slowly changing.

The internet serves as a breeding ground for talent that can draw and connect with music lovers well beyond South African borders. Thabang Ramodipa, who goes by the name of STAVE is one of the talents that have sprung up on our radar. With a unique style of ambient, spacey beats, one can tell that STAVE has a solid foundation in music production. Pair an innate talent of making music with formal sound engineering training and the result is STAVE, an artist that has had a hand in some of the most impressive South African bands like the Zuko Collective. Many of STAVE’s previous efforts within the South African music industry have been the behind the scenes, but now he embarks on a journey where he offers up his art to be enjoyed by the masses.

Ungravity, the title of his first release is a great introduction to his style and for a first release, the single is top quality. When describing the song, STAVE’s team says “Ungravity presents a melancholic journey through time and self-discovery”. The song offers the listener an opportunity to revel in the perfectly composed soundscapes which detail STAVE’s emotions on his journey of self-discovery.

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