Song written, produced and performed by John Wizards.
Video by Sebastian Borckenhagen.
Taken from the single “John Wizards – Muizenberg” (Planet Mu, December 2013)
Fresh from supporting Jagwar Ma on a UK and European tour, the Cape Town band John Wizards drop the lush ‘Muizenberg’ as a single. Taken from their critically acclaimed and eponymous debut, the track exudes southern hemisphere sunshine with a warm guitar figure sending a gentle bounce through the track. Lead singer John delivers a gentle falsetto before the track drops into a scuffy bass coda.
Beatmaker extraordinaire Seiji turns a gentle piano line that you barely notice in the original into the centrepiece of his mix, running rhythmic, crunchy kicks and snares alongside bubbling filtered effects.
On the flip The 2 Bears create a thing of beauty. A slow, rippling mix that’s absorbed all the sunshine of the original, turning it inside-out and building the track up gently over a slow house beat, before dropping in gentle repeated vocals over the epic nine minute timespan.