Categories
Featured Music Reviews

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.

Diasporic connections: West African artist, HF, links up with Swaziland’s MotherLand X to fuse traditional Hip Hop with electronica

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.

Categories
Music Reviews

Meet Devin Dee: A young producer from Swaziland taking part in MLX’s remix challenge

Image via Devin Dee/MotherLand X

Devin Dee is a 19 year old producer/beat-maker from Swaziland, Mbabane. He became involved in the music scene in 2010 when he and his best friend (Wordsmith Felix) discovered Fruity Loops. He was an independent musician until mid-2014, with his craft and skill improved, he was recognised by a collective, MotherLand X on Soundcloud. That was the initial phase where his music career blasted off to space and his musical experimentations came to be. He released an EP last year on Soundcloud called Basement Experiments and it has received positive reviews since its release.

Stream Devin Dee’s Madala Remix below: