Father Creeper - Spoek Mathambo
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  • Summary: The second album from South African artist Spoek Mathambo includes hip-hop, R&B, native African, electronic, and rock elements on the debut with the Sub Pop label.
  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Rap, Garage, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Alternative Rap, International, Dubstep, African Traditions
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
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  1. 100
    The music suits because it's also dissociated‑-beaty enough to keep your foot tapping and your subconscious involved, but devoid of the escapist joy that is the miracle of so much Afropop produced from equally horrendous daily struggles.
  2. Mar 19, 2012
    It's a blistering, at times thoughtful, scattergun grab-bag of magpie musical styles and broken beat rhymes that somehow hangs together with irrepressible energy and invention.
  3. Mar 23, 2012
    [An] equally engaged, energised follow-up [to 2010's Mshini Wam].[Apr 2012, p.94]
  4. Jul 27, 2012
    The album is certainly worth a spin for any music enthusiast who wants to further expand their already-eclectic listening tastes.
  5. Mar 14, 2012
    A nervy urgency courses through all of the album's experimental tangents.
  6. Mar 14, 2012
    It's got piles of ideas, some biting M.I.A.-style hooks, and all the grimy vibrancy of a night out in Soweto.
  7. Mar 14, 2012
    It is a wearying listen, overcrowded and too loud and too harsh, and to engage actively with it is to feel your knuckles whiten with effort.

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  1. Nov 20, 2013
    This album represents an interesting acoustic dissociation of the works of Spoek Mathambo. Without a doubt, this presentation is a diamond in the rough. The experimental aspects of this piece are cliche, yet still unexpectedly fresh. This appears to be an artist on the rise, and I am sure that looking back on this, the album will be the stepping stone to something great. Expand
  2. Apr 3, 2012
    Spoek Mathambo on the "Father Creeper" presents a combination of hip hop with electronics and I must admit that it was done right. The vocals are not always as they should - especially when the artist tries to sing, which is known in the case of the rappers as a common mistake. The most impressive on the album is interesting backing, which greatly stands out against the competition. Expand