It's hard to listen to Spoek Mathambo's music without being reminded of his Sub Pop labelmate Shabazz Palaces. The South African rapper/producer back signed to the label just a few days before the release of Shabazz Palaces' much-lauded Black Up, and both artists have earned the "Afro-futurist" tag, combining hip-hop, spacy electronic productions, and traditional African music. However, getting bogged down in these similarities does a disservice to Mathombo, who is an interesting artist in his own right.
Father Creeper, Mathombo's debut Sub Pop LP, is an eclectic, sprawling record that is oftentimes more reminiscent of the experimental rock stylings of TV On The Radio than Shabazz Palaces' insular hip-hop. Tracks like "Kites" and "Dog To Bone" bridge these two extremes, all while touching on the social and political climate of South Africa.
Check out a trailer for the album below, and head to Sub Pop's website for a free download of single "Put Some Red On It."