What happens when twins George and Joseph Mothiba hole up in a Jozi recording studio for a few months and wonder how to keep their upwardly mobile Mzansi house mix ahead of the chasing festive chart pack? No, they don’t attempt to airbrush away their African roots in search of an Ibiza residency.
Instead, they concoct an unapologetically progressive Pan African dance cocktail jam packed with soulful vocals, kwaai jazz grooves, glorious gospel soars, fly slam poetic raps, and authentic maskandi filters. Right, so it’s business as usual for the brothers then? Not quite.
Sure ready to wear bangers such as "You are free" (featuring Nombulelo) and "SOS" give Afropolitan clubbers their festive dancefloor fix. But there’s also a whole lot of real soul percolating beneath Revolution’s ass-shaking house architecture. Their fly groove rap hook-up with poet Antonio Lyons on "My House" proves that the best parties always have a purpose. "The Prayer" (featuring Jay and Maduvha) is a sublime Sunday morning gospel comedown.
And let’s not forget the show-stopping "Ila Mulendzhe Part 2" which maps the missing links between maskandi and house by fusing guest star Shandu’s Tshivenda poetry and traditional guitar tunings with a seriously hypnotic house groove. Add a dynamic Nigerian street life shaker "Ayakata" (featuring Dina) to kwaai jazzy house jumpers "Phala" (featuring Kelly Petlane) and "Bokone" (featuring Don Laka) and you've got an impeccably soulful antidote to the one dimensional hedonism of your usual four-to-the-floor Euro-dance fillers.
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