Spoek Mathambo - 'Father Creeper'

More mainstream and significantly odder than their debut

  • Release Date 12 Mar, 2012
  • Producer Marvy Da Pimp
  • Record Label Sub Pop
  • Fact He began writing this album while on the road with CHLLNGR.
6 / 10
Spoek Mathambo’s debut album, ‘Mshini Wam’, was a strange beast, combining filthy techno, Soweto raps and a pummelling dancefloor cover of Joy Division’s ‘She’s Lost Control’. Its follow-up is both more mainstream and significantly odder. Mainstream because he’s added rock guitars and big choruses; odder because these rub shoulders with everything from highlife guitar lines to skittering beats. When it works, as on ‘Let Them Talk’, it’s a mongrel-pop joy. When it doesn’t, as on the overloaded ‘Venison Fingers’, it’s a mess. All the same, ‘Father Creeper’ sits along the Die Antwoord album as evidence of some gloriously unusual music coming out of South Africa.

Ben Cardew

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