Nicodimas Sekheta Mogashoa aka Da Capo a self-taught producer & DJ who by the tender age of 21 was regarded as one of the most talented and prolific producers South Africa has to offer today. Da Capo and his comrade in groove Joseph Mbezi aka Punk (both hailing from Polokwane in Limpompo) have joined forces to create what I would like to call a master-piece of an Afro-Deep House dance album mixed by their Stalwart DJ, Swizz (also from Polokwane in Limpompo).
On rare occasions one would experience an amalgamation of different sounds presented in one offering. Surreal Sounds Presents Surreal Selections Vol.1 manages to captivate exactly that. This offering features immensely talented local artists, musicians and producers like Magic Soul, Lyrik Shonex, Cueber, Freshly Ground, SK95, Denzil and Rampage, just to name but a few.
Da Capo & Magic soul – Why; A definite soul marinating gem that will leave any Soulful House slave yearning for more. Magic Soul provides their beautiful signature of musicality, serenating lead guitar spiced with seductive chords and a very warm bassline. On the other hand Da Capo’s progressive layers and edgy drum programming keeps you on your toes. One word describes this tune, Smooth.
Da Capo & Punk Ft Lyrik Shonex – Cross my mind; As though it’s a continuation of Why, the progression in Cross my mind is uncannily similar in touch but different in feel as Lyrik Shonex (on vocals) consistently flow with the bassline with such ease. Another delectable Deep-Soulful House gem - Composition of note!
Da Capo & Punk Ft Mark – Shine; The sonority in Mark’s voice is so grand, voluminous and just holds the track down to its full on Deep-Tech feel. You can just feel tension in the words being glued to the agogic patterns of the chords and keys.
Da Capo Ft Sphelele – Into the night; The disharmonious tech or rather industrial elements fused in with the, almost, banal spoken word by Sphelele gives this tune a very interesting appeal. One of those “need to play again” because of it’s weird bass patterns but yet groovy chords’ structure spiced with clinical drum interpretations.
Freshly Ground – Nomthandazo (Da Capo’s surreal experience); Any Mzansi producer/remixer would generally know not to touch Freshly ground’s work if they won’t ace it. Da Capo cobbled together a truly genius version of Nomthandazo. The Vocal’s signature tones are extremely effective with the phat bassline. As the tune grows with pace and gathers more momentum you can’t help yourself but to be overwhelmed. It’s leaning heavily on the vocals that (for me) ooze class, wizardry and ingenuity.
These are just a few tunes out of the 13(on this album) that just captured the moment, needless to say the whole Offering is a must get (this spring-summer 2013/14) for all you Afro-Deep Soulful and Afro-Tech junkies alike. True representation of Afro-House sounds from South Africa indeed!