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After plenty of harassment from his mother, acclaimed South African house artist Thor Rixon finally serves up a long-awaited dance album. Named ‘Michele’ after her, it is a seven-track affair that finds Rixon deliver his own unique brand of avant-garde electronic music.
Thor says about this new album, “My mom, Michele, has been on my case for years to write a dance album: “you must make music that will get people jiving sweatpea!” I decided to listen to mum and try to make some dance music. At first I found it boring. “What? the kick drum is just 4/4 the whole time, and not much else happens musically?!” Well, the more I explored the world of dance music the more I began to be enthralled with all of its subtle intricacies. I spent 2 years working on ‘Michele’ in Cape Town & Berlin, recording, working with artists & testing the unfinished tracks in live performances. Once I felt the album was complete I played ‘Michele’ to my mom and at first her reaction was something like, “I don’t know about this part/I don’t like that sound”… etc so I went back and worked on it some more until her response was “I love it”’.
01 Thor Rixon – Our End
02 Thor Rixon – Old Strandfontein Road
03 Thor Rixon feat. Roxy Caroline – He Held Him Close
04 Thor Rixon feat. Duduza Mchunu – Build Again
05 Thor Rixon – Soil
06 Thor Rixon feat. Mx Blouse – Khahlela
07 Thor Rixon – The Clown
“Michele is the latest LP that comes from Cape Town producer Thor Rixon. The album sees Thor go in a different direction form his last LP Songs from the Bath as he embraces a much more dance based style. Once more drawing on previous influences such as electronica, afrobeat, techno and other bass heavy dance styles and fusing them together to create a silky smooth plethora of sounds. On the album Rixon works with some extremely talented South African vocalists and makes use of his own voice to add a fresh element to his electronic dance style.
The two singles for the album The Clown and He Held Him Close represent the album sonically very well and serve as an excellent entry to the album for new listeners.
Micheleis the perfect embodiment of Thor Rixon’s vast body of work as a producer who continues to push the style to higher and higher levels. As with Songs from the Bath this album is already a contender for one the best albums to come out of South Africa this year.” Written by Zach Lees
Electronic, Funk/Soul, Hip Hop, R&B