South African-based DJ/producer/graphic designer/director Spoek Mathambo caught the attention of the world a few years ago when his hyperkinetic dance tracks — which were part of the rising township tech movement — began gaining the attention of upfront DJs all over the world. Since then Mathambo has continued to blaze trails and innovate, pushing his sound in a fresh direction and documenting the scene in the upcoming full-length documentary Future Sound Of Mzansi.
After releasing his Father Creeper album released on Sub Pop in 2012, Mathambo has turned his boundless creative energy to heading up the South African group Fantasma, who dropped their Eye of the Sun EP at the end of 2014. An audio-visual concept group, the outfit, who will release their debut album later in the year, mash up future soul, hip-hop and shards of rock into an utterly unique hybrid.
Always working on new projects, Mathambo took time out to craft an exclusive Big Shot Guest Mix. The 23-track journey — our first mix of the year which he’s dubbed Soup: The Lownt Theory in lieu of its soupy, syrupy beats — features an array of jams from Tall Black Guy, Riff Raff, Sage The Gemini and (of course) Fantasma.
And be sure to scroll down and check our video interview with Mathambo filmed in NYC back in 2010 where the man himself explains a bit of his history and hopes for the future.
Fantasma’s Eye of the Sun EP is out now on Soundway Records.