With his 2010 debut, Mshini Wam, South African rapper Spoek Mathambo (who, when kicking it at home in Jo’Burg, goes by Nthato Mokgata) recast his view of post-Apartheid life through a dirty melange of African electro-house pops, wubby low-end and machine-gun-relentless flow. The self-proclaimed papa of “township tech” will offer more of his vision on his sophomore album, Father Creeper, due on the street via Sub Pop on March 13.
Though Mokgata began teasing early tracks on tour around Europe and the Americas with his live band, Mshini Wam, Father Creeper is a markedly South African creation. Mokgata wrote and recorded with a militia force of friends and family, including a distant uncle prone to dropping beats, pianist Theo Tuge (with whom Mokgata used to sing in a South African boys’ choir two years after Apartheid was dismantled) and rapper Gnucci Banana (actually Mokgata’s spouse, Ana Rab). Rab is credited with writing the bling-defaming lyrics to “Put Some Red On It,” the debut single from Father Creeper, which you can download for free below.
Tracklist For Father Creeper:
02. Venison Fingers
03. Put Some Red On It
04. Let Them Talk Feat. Yolanda
05. Dog To Bone
06. Skorokoro (Walking Away) Feat. Okmalumkoolkat
07. Father Creeper Feat. Xander Ferriera
08. We Can Work Feat. Rebone
09. Stuck Together
10. Grave (Intro)