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DJ Lag & Okzharp
Steam Rooms EP

DJ Lag remains one of the most thrilling DJs in the world right now. His productions (of which there are countless) are the perfect 3am pick-me-up. On Steam Rooms EP he connects with Okzharp for four tracks which show off the best of Durban and South Africa. The name is apt, throw these on, and dancing or not, I'm gonna be sweating. 

Okzharp & Manthe Ribane
Closer Apart

After leaving LV, Okzharp has thrived alongside fellow South African artist Manthe Ribane. Following some hype-generating EPs in the mid-2010s, they’ve come through with a baker’s dozen of tracks for their debut LP. Closer Apart sees Ribane guide Okzharp to some spare and groovy instrumentals that whip up a mix of South African House, Kwaito, two-step, UK funky and dubstep. Atop these the singer provides some delicate autotuned vocals. Suitable for both club and home listening and out via Hyperdub.

Dumela 113 EP

Okzharp is a London / South Africa project. Dumela 113 is an EP of “house mutations”, a term that pretty much does it. These four tracks take the sturdy core of house music and then prod and push it into different directions: minimal, spooky, dubsteppy… Vocalist Manthe Ribane features on most of the EP. 12” on Hyperdub.

Okzharp & Manthe Ribane
Tell Your Vision EP

Okzharp & Manthe Ribane return to Hyperdub to team up on their second EP of beat / vocal hybrids with more bass than your behind can probably handle. Slinky UK garage influences tie in with snatches of grime to underpin some tight raps by Ribane, all of the above being inspired by some road trips around London. Serious levels of bounce here.
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OKZharp and Samrai
Gated EP

Dusk and Blackdown’s always reliable Keysound Recordings imprint release a genre-switching slice of afrobeats and bass experimentalism. The Gated EP from OKZharp and Samrai on vinyl 12” moves between garage rhythms, glorious synths and dense melodies. It doesn’t sound like the final product should be so effective on the dancefloor, but somehow it is.