Review: “Put Some Red on It,” by Spoek Mathambo


“Put Some Red on It”

From Spoek Mathambo’s Father Creeper

Liner notes: This raucous track juxtaposes clattering beats, swirling synths, and Spoek Mathambo’s dub-tinged rhymes to conjure scary visions of blood and greed.

Behind the music: The second album from the Johannesburg resident (born Nthato Mokgata) draws on nervous American hip-hop, glossy Europop, and sunny highlife guitar.

Check it out if you like: Artists past and present who cross-pollinate African and Western elements, including Nigeria’s Fela Kuti, Portugal’s Buraka Som Sistema, and fellow South Africans Blk Jks.