Sebenza - L.V.
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  • Summary: The South African trio of Okmalumkoolkat, Ruffest, and Mathambo return with a follow-up to its 2011 debut, Routes.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
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  1. Sep 20, 2012
    The expertly produced Sebenza creates a flowing, carnival atmosphere packed with ideas and stripped of the pomposity often associated with world music.
  2. The results are fun as hell, yet it's hard not to feel like LV have accomplished something with some legs on it.
  3. Sep 20, 2012
    Sebenza sounds like nothing else out there and yet LV's knack for genre-mincing produces an album that sounds both timeless and completely of its time, crossing musical and political borders with confident finesse.
  4. 80
    There really ain't anyone bringing the world party quite like LV.
  5. Sep 20, 2012
    The tracks feel like true collaborations rather than features. The energy exchange feels mutual. Sebenza feels like the future, now.
  6. Oct 16, 2012
    Sebenza ranges and explores, opening sonic doors that deserve more regular use.
  7. Sep 20, 2012
    While it presents many tracks worth praise, it lacks the masterful touch that made Routes such an instant standout.

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  1. Jul 7, 2013
    Part of the exciting boundary-melting that today's technology makes effortless, and building on their 2011 collaboration with beat poet Joshua Idehen (Routes), the London-based production team returns to Hyperdub with South African vocalists Okmalumkoolkat (whose previous collaboration for the label, "Boomslang," was a huge success), Spoek Mathambo and duo Ruffest for an album of irrepressibly manic UK funky and kwaito energy. The productions match the mood of the vocalists: dark and murky for Mathambo, cheeky and wild for Ruffest, and all over the map for primary vocalist Okmalumkoolkat this is party music with a killer global flavor, unafraid of limitations or of destroying your subwoofer. Expand