Fun Toy - Free EP

Yesterday Fun Toy released his free EP.

The 6 track EP was mastered by local DJ/Producer Dank and released through naasMUSIC Electronic. The artwork created by JNN KPN.

You can get it for free here – https://soundcloud.com/funtoy/sets/fun-toy-ep

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Jack Parow - Hier Kom Nou Kak

“It’s the future and Jack Parow is here to save us – by travelling back in time from 2213. He may be a rap god now, but in 2213 Parow lives the life of a scumbag, unable to get a job or do much else to impress his father.”

Jack Parow is on a roll, on fire and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Currently in Holland and Germany for the ‘Afrikaans Verower Harte Tour’ alongside Van Coke Kartel and Bittereinder, he has managed to unleash a next-level comic book series.

‘Jack Parow - Hier kom nou kak’ is released every Friday up on http://www.jackparow.com/comic.html stay tuned to see how things unravel further for Parow.

Not only a kief comic book skrywer but a fancy actor too.  Parow will feature in the forthcoming South African comedy 'Babalas', which will hit the cinemas 2nd August 2013. Check the gevaarlike trailer:

And what he’s a seasoned pro at - His next-level gigs:

26 June:  Rocca Bar Night Club, Durban
28 June:  Tiger Tiger, Durban
29 June:  Innibos, Nelspruit
5 July:  The Living Room, Cape Town
12 July:  The Jolly Dolphin, Jeffreys Bay
18 July:  Arcade Empire, Pretoria
19 July:  Arcade Empire, Potchefstroom
26 July:  Firkin, Centurion
2 August:  Presleys, Boksburg
3 August:  Presleys, Pretoria
29 August:  Mystic Boer, Bloemfontein
30 August: Gariep Fees, Kimberley
31 August: Lentelawaai , Pretoria
12 September:  Secunda
23 September:  Pink Girlfest, Johannesburg
27 September:  Go West Heritage Festival - West Rand
3 December:  KZN Matric Rage
5 December:  Plett Rage, Plettenberg Bay
5 December:  Jolly Dolphin, Jeffreys Bay
20 December:  Flamingo’s Rock Festival, Langebaan
26 December: VIP, Plett Rage, Plettenberg Bay
28 December:  Ox Braai, Bathhurst
31 December:  Jolly Dolphin, Jeffrey’s Bay

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Or check out his website – http://www.jackparow.com/
Hos ja!


Nail Arting: 2

I haven’t done a Nail Arting post in a while, my sincerest apologies… Ok now that you have forgiven my lazy nail tendency (I have mentioned this in Nail Arting: 1) I bring you this week’s colour:

Navy Blue

As I sit here listening to Madame Lana Del Rey (One of my nail idols, she’s amazing yo) and reflecting on the colour of my nails… I think to myself that Navy Blue is a colour of royalty, mystery and even elegance. The internet might not say that but I like to think so and my pretty blue nails make me feel that way. So whatevs. I also feel very Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada. Fun fact: The first recorded use of Navy blue as a colour name in English was in 1840.

I’m wearing Sinful Colors (2 Coats) and a top coat of Yardley Treatment Natural Crème

This is probably my favourite nail polish


sexinadream - Pink Box

New Cape Town electro-pop duo sexinadream, consisting of Mavis Vermaak and Wessel Albertse, formed in March 2012. Working on their self-titled debut album, they recorded their first single, Pink Box, at Resonate Audio in Woodstock, Cape Town with producer Rob Brinkworth in May 2013.

“I've always been interested in human relationships, the mystical and the subconscious. These are regular themes in our music, so our name kind of sums it all up in a poetic manner.” – Mavis

“I added some vintage keyboards synths to the song for a slight 80’s vibe, but it has an unusual slower tempo that makes it difficult for people to place the song in a specific genre, which I think is pretty cool.” – Wessel
The single has to date been playlisted on a number of local and internet radio stations, with a music video in the making. 

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Taxi Violence - Soul Shake

Praised Cape Town rockers Taxi Violence are back after their successful album ‘Long Way Home’. They will be releasing their fourth studio album 'Soul Shake' in July 2013 consisting of 11 brand new tracks, recorded and produced at Heritage Studios and mixed by the living legend Theo Crouse at Bellville Studios.

The new album will be up for pre-ordering, 150 limited edition and personalised CD’s of ‘Soul Shake’ will be available for fans, as well as free delivery to your door and a FREE download of the band’s entire first album, ‘Untie Yourself’. Go to www.taxiviolence.com for more details. The first single off the album ‘Brainmash’ has been released and has already captivated fans.

06 July – Zanzibar, George
10 July – The Mexican, Jeffreys Bay
12 July – Buccaneers, East London
13 July – Live The Venue, Durban
18 July – Potchefstroom (venue TBC)
19 July – Puma Social Club, Johannesburg
20 July – Arcade Empire, Pretoria
27 July – The Assembly, Cape Town
03 August – Aandklas, Stellenbosch
17 August – Slipstream Sportsbar, Grahamstown

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aKING - Live At The Manila Bar

With the completion of exams (for most of us) comes celebration! YAYZIES! My party plans? Obviously aKING this Saturday at The Manila Bar. The Bellville boys are back this weekend for a good end of term break, joined by Dogtown and DJ Drive by Disco.

Date: Saturday, 15 June
Line-up: aKING, Dogtown, DJ Drive by Disco
Venue: Manila Bar
Address:  161 Longmarket Street, Cape Town
Cover: R50

The guys will be back in July at Berties Mooring, Gordan’s Bay.

Date: Friday, 12 July
Line-up: aKING
Venue: Berties Mooring
Address: The Boardwalk, Harbour Island, Gordon’s Bay
Cover: R50

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For now I'll leave you with my favourite aKING song 'Jezebel'



Triple Play

Just because I love you and I’m so sweet I’ll give you a triple dose of good music. What went down this week: Thor Rixon released his ‘Shared Folders’ EP - the first half of ‘My Documents’, The Gravy crew released their first album and Al Bairre hit 11 000 views on Youtube.

The 7 track EP titled ‘Shared Folders’ by Mr Thor Rixon (I don’t know why, but I just like to refer to him like that, all classy and stuff) takes you on a journey through an array of genres and collabs, by the likes of Nicholas Preen, Amy Lester, David Thorpe, Matt Rightford, Ian McNair, Exorsistahs, Daddywarbucks and a track produced by Rvwr. A little side note - ‘Shared Folder’ reached over 2000 plays in 4 days. If that is not a sign for you to go download it right now… then you must be out of your beautiful little mind.

Follow Thor Rixon on Twitter here
Find him on Facebook here
Free download of ‘Shared Folders’ here

A massive collection of some of the sickest local DJ’s and producers have come together to pour gravy all over us. Or not… the Gravy crew consisting of Sibot, Dank, liver, Card on Spokes, RVWR, Christian Tiger School, O'ltak, Richard the Third, Narch, Slabofmisuse and Mr. Sakitumi has come together for a full 10 track album. Be sure to go download this album NOW, for free might I ad.

Find Gravy on Facebook here
Free download here

Al Bairre has hit an incredible 11 000+ views for their music video for ‘We Move On’ on Youtube. Fist hitting an amazing 10 000 views on May 30th after only releasing the video on May 26th these okes are on another level! Or have a deal with some wizards and sangomas. I quite like them and I suggest you check them out too.

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Get your hands on their music here



RVWR - Where Were You EP

RVWR (pronounced rawr NOT ‘river’), dubbed ‘Trap God’ by the EDM-heads here in Cape Town, will be playing at The Assembly this Wednesday for their weekly student night party – ‘See You Next Wednesday'. I suggest you all head on down for good booty bouncing beats.

Here’s a little preview of what you will be hearing – RVWR’s latest EP released through naasMUSIC. The two track EP ‘Where Were You?’ will have you asking your brain “WHERE WERE YOU???” if you miss out on SYNW.

Listen & free download here

Line up:
- Ryan Gosling
- Coloured Black
- Bryan Travis (LoveAll)
- Stone-Age Citizens

9PM / R30 / R20 BEFORE 10 

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Follow Assembly on Twitter here
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See you all there!


Shortstraw - Good Morning, Sunshine

Hot off the release of their new album and opening for The Kooks, on their trip here, Shortstraw has brought us their latest music video - Good Morning, Sunshine.

The video sees the band doing a show for a packed crowd, dancing and jumping around without a care in the world. Indie kids hey... I love it, I actually wish I was there too. I'm yet to see this wonderful band live. So the next time they are down here in Cape Town I'll be front center!

"woohoo woohoo you're such a b*tch in the morning"

Follow them on Twitter here
Find them on Facebook here
and purchase their album for ANY price here 

They make music that sounds "like unicorns frolicking in a field"
So go get it!


Lana Del Rey - Young & Beautiful

My song of the week, or rather… of the past few weeks since it has been released: Lana Del Rey’s ‘Young & Beautiful’. Off the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel. Baz Luhrmann, also known for his two great films ‘Moulin Rouge!’ and ‘Romeo + Juliet’.

The soundtrack has been released through Interscope Records on May 6, 2013. The soundtrack saw Jay-Z as its executive producer, for the film as well, and Anton Mosted as the main producer. It also features new tracks from Florence & The Machine, Fergie, Jay-Z, Nero, Will-I-Am and The xx. I was surprised to see a cover version of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ by Beyoncé and Andre 3000 on the soundtrack and Beyoncé’s ‘Crazy In love’ by Emeli Sande, also U2’s ‘Love Is Blindness’ by Jack White. No question why Beyoncé appears twice on this soundtrack, I see you Jay-Z.

Lana Del Rey’s track is the lead single to the soundtrack and rightfully so. It was written by film director Baz Luhrmann, Rick Nowels and artist Lana Del Rey. What makes me love this song more is that there is an orchestral version as well, accented by exceptional violins. The lyrics epitomise the love Daisy Buchanan has for Jay Gatsby and his fabulous millionaire lifestyle. I’d say it brings me to tears… but that’s just me over reacting, obviously. The movie hits our cinema’s May, 17. So be sure to go check it out. I definitely will. 



The Rolling Stones - 50 & Counting

May 3, 2013 saw The Rolling Stones take their ’50 & Counting’ tour to a sold out Staples Center, Los Angeles, America. How these guys still do it boggles my mind. I’ll just be over here… waiting for them to hit our Sunny Shores.

Their 23 song set list over 2+ hours consisted of various hits such as: "Honky Tonk Women", "Start Me Up", "Miss You", "Tumbling Dice", "Brown Sugar", "It's Only Rock 'N Roll", "Paint It Black", "Gimme Shelter" and an encore consisting of  "Can't Always Get What You Want", "Jumpin' Jack Flash” and "Satisfaction".

What made me squeal a little bit was this tweet:
Ah! Gwen Stefani on stage with The Rolling Stones! Why why why was I not there? The band featuring one of my favourite singers of my Primary school years did a moving rendition of my absolute FAVOURITE Rolling Stones song: ‘Wild Horses’. They kindly posted a minute snippet of the performance to Youtube, for us folk here in South Africa waiting for them (well I like to think that).

There’s been quite a negative response to the video on the Youtube comments section. But I don’t care about internet trolls. I love Stefani and the Stones.

Just to make us more jealous, urgh, country singer Keith Urban joined them on stage for a rocking ‘Respectable’ performance (A better response for him in the Youtube comment section).

Please please please come to South Africa Mr Jagger?

Until then… GRRR (See what I did there?)


Nail Arting: 1

I’ve been wearing nail polish since I started varsity in February. My rule: a new colour every week. Alas, my lazy tendency kicks in sometimes and I wear a certain colour just over a week. Nail polish has become a staple in my life since I matriculated. I can’t even remember what my natural nail bed looks like. Seriously,  I’ve been coating my nails for the past 11ish weeks. And I love it. I decided that I might as well share this with you lovely readers, maybe you’d like to try some of these. So I will be doing this on a regular basis.

This past week I wore Rimmel London: 60 Seconds- In ‘230 Portbello Pink’

The ‘Xpress Brush’ requires a one second one stroke action. Otherwise it creates a weird lumpiness.

It dries in 60 seconds which is very useful for the modern day - all ways on the go - woman. I opted for two coats. I always do. Pink is such a strange colour for me to be wearing, I felt a little Barbie vibe coming from my fingertips. So weird. This was a gift to my sister and I, from my cousin Heidi. Along with other Rimmel London goodies.

“Get the London look”

Fashion Friday #3

Today’s ‘Fashion Friday’ I will be giving you one useful tip: How to achieve celebrity style with one accessory. We are all heavily influenced by what we see in the media. Dressing for comfort is the main objective, well… in my life, but dressing to impress doesn't hurt.

The accessory: Skull Printed Scarf.

Original: Alexander McQueen

Mine: Cotton On.

I’ve seen this signature Alexander McQueen scarf on countless celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie, Ashlee Simpson, Pink, Lourders Ciccone Leon (Madonna’s daughter), Keith Richards, Lindsay Lohan etc. And when I saw it at Cotton On for R99… OBVIOUSLY I had to have it! Who doesn’t want to look like a swanky celeb, right? I wear it regularly, my sister loves it so much that she borrows it from time to time too. My mum shouldn't get any ideas though, woah.

The original Alexander McQueen scarf is available in an assortment of colours and fabrics, ranging from $575.00, $445.00 and $295.00 but don’t fret, I won’t even attempt to convert those prices to Rands and they don’t ship to South Africa, boo. So hop on down to Cotton On and grab one, they are available in white, black, dark green and red.

It looks great teamed up with practically anything and everything. A plain dress, skinny jeans and a leather jacket, a printed t-shirt and shorts too. It’s that versatile.  I recommend that you get yourself one for this winter. It’s not just your usual fashion accessory type scarf, it actually keeps you warm. I love it.



5 Gum Presents: The Kooks Live In Cape Town

My soul can rest easy... I have seen The Kooks perform “Sway” and it was amazing.

The hype started when 5 Gum announced that they will be bringing a band over for another ‘5 Gum Experience’. Asking on Facebook and Twitter who people thought it would be, many said The Black Keys, Alt-J, The Wombats etc… and obviously The Kooks. I was one of those begging for The Kooks. I knew I had to hear “Sway” live within my lifetime. It’s my jam. Something about that song and its lyrics makes me content. Once they confirmed that the band coming to South Africa will be The Kooks and the application for tickets opened, I was on it. But… being the lazy person I am, I only entered my 5 Gum barcode the day before the application closed. Just my luck, I didn't get tickets. What a sad face I was. Lucky for me, a dear friend , Shannon Nicole, offered me her tickets, she’s out of her mind! I’m forever grateful. Side note to those who bought tickets. I see you. 

I was so excited on the days leading up to the event on Saturday April 20th. What was I going to wear? Fellow Kooks fan and I decided band t-shirts would work, we are cool like that. She - Crash Car Burn, me - Jim Morrison. When we arrived at Maitland Secondary School, I was pleased to see how smooth things went. Parking was done orderly, the line to get searched and ID’s checked before entering the bus went swiftly and then actually getting on the bus after a few minutes wait, gave me nothing to complain about. The bus trip was a quick one to Salt River Studios, the secret venue for the concert. A massive warehouse, used for films, adverts, etc, was the perfect venue to fit the thousands of Kooks fans. Upon arrival we were once more searched, asked for ID and got our tickets scanned. Oh* we were also given free chewing gum at the entrance. 

Haasbroek was on when we got there. A DJ I hadn't known, but after Saturday I wouldn't mind hearing more of his music. I enjoyed it, it got me dancing and I like anyone who can make me dance. Next up was Beach Party. I like them, quite a bit! They are so much fun to watch and listen to. High fives to the lead singer. I found myself in the center of the crowd during their set. It was crazy hot and crazy Kooks fans were being fussy about their space. It’s understandable, but my friends and I rather left the tight squeezed crowd area. We weren't going to watch the headliners like a bunch of sardines. Up next during the changeover of bands was Haasbroek again. And then The December Streets. I like those dudes. Their set was tight and well done. They covered The Lumineers “Ho Hey” which was pretty cool, I dig that song.

In between all of this my friend and I managed to hit the porter-potties, what I believe was the longest bar ever and the food stalls. All really well done, YAY to 5 Gum. I was outside when I heard the first strumage (yes I think I just created a word) of guitar to The Kooks’ first song “Ooh La”. It was amazing to see how everyone ran, fast walked or shimmied their way to try and get as close as possible to the stage. My friend and I found other friends and stood on top of random block things around the bar area, to be able to get a clear view. Ah. I was so happy. An indie paradise I called it. They did my favourites such as Sway, How’d You Like That and crowd favourites such as Junk Of The Heart and Naïve. After making ladies swoon and men reconsider their sexuality, the guys came back to do a two song encore. Ending with Naïve and I’m so serious when I say the crowd went ape to it. My favourite image was that of ladies sitting on their boyfriend’s shoulders. Luke Pritchard, front man extraordinaire, and nice looking too, you sir… are quite suave. Once they ended everyone pretty much decided it was time to go. Everyone walked in an orderly fashion toward the buses. But the vulture inside of us all awakened and it became a zombie apocalypse to catch a bus. I loved it! I found it absolutely hilarious.

Visuals and sound, although a bit dodgy for the opening acts, gets thumbs up from me. Well done 5 Gum. I’m hooked; see you at the next 5 Gum Experience.



Fashion Friday #2

Matric Ball. Every girls dream day, apart from her wedding day of course. As girls, we spend most of our High School years thinking about it. The glitz, the glam. Your special day. Your time to shine. To feel like a celebrity. To walk (in some cases), the prestigious "Red Carpet". 

My Matric Ball was one of the best moments of my life. I spent months gushing over dresses, shoes, hairstyles – what would the event be like? Would I dance? Would I look pretty like all the other girls, and most importantly, who would I take as a partner? Okay, I'll admit it... I spent years thinking about it and it came and went in an instant. After months and weeks of preparing, just like that, it was over. I had my hair done at my usual hairdresser and I was in awe that she actually did the style exactly like I wanted it. *Yay* to her. My dress was a red beauty sent straight from the Dress Gods. I absolutely love it! I even cropped it and wore it as a braids-maid dress to my sister's wedding. It's not everyday you get to parade around in full make up, heels and a stunning dress. Some people get the dress code so right. It makes me want to cry enough tears to last a few chick-flicks. And then others... They make me want to poke my eyeballs out. Hello. Please don't wear your grandma's curtain. It's not dress fabric. Bye. But my sister explained to me that not everyone has an older sister, with a wild/mad fashion skill that will help them and guide them in the right fashion direction - and that we should not judge. Sure Candice, take credit for my fashion sense why don't you. 

This made me question: Who do we take our fashion inspiration from? Obviously the media and celebrities. But ladies, we also have our grannies, mums, aunts and big sisters. None of you can tell me that you haven't fitted on your mum/big sisters high heels and paraded around like the Queen of England when you were a kid. Am I right? Yes. We've all done it.

It took me forever to find the perfect dress for my matric ball. In one morning I fitted on thirteen dresses. And if you know me... You know I was not happy. I'm the laziest person ever and that was so much effort. THIRTEEN! Sheesh. I made the decision to purchase a dress (laziness does not accommodate designing and having a dress made). After browsing through most of Cape Town with the guidance of my mum and two sisters, I went as far as Pretoria to find a dress. My pride and joy was purchased at a boutique type shop in Menlyn Park shopping mall. I swear. It was like one of those moment just out of the movies. I put it on and knew it was "the one". I fell in love. My earrings were from Sass Diva. Ring, a random jewelry shop. Bracelet, from my sister, I don't know where she bought it. And peep-toe nude heels from Aldo. *Yay* Oh and perfume - Kate Moss Vintage, a gift from my cousin and his wife. 

My sister kept it with her in Pretoria. Apparently if I looked at it too much I would become less excited. Uhm ok? But they were right. I couldn't contain myself in the week leading up to the ball. September 29, 2012. Forever etched into my heart. Putting on the dress, showing my family and friends, driving up to my school, walking the red carpet and dancing whole night in my pride and joy will forever stay with me as a memory I treasure. I thank my family for that wonderful opportunity. 

Here are some matric ball dresses the popular girls should wear. ( I'm a secret mean girl and we all want to look better than the popular girl right?)

 (Trance Party or Matric Ball?)

(Your mother must be so proud)

And here are some dresses I would recommend to those closest to my heart, my entourage. (kidding, I love my friends)



Dillon Francis - Suite & Tie (Remix)

First of all. It must be known that I really love the original 'Suite & Tie' by Mr Justin Timberlake. Yes Mr. 

We've all always loved him. How can you not? Even guys, you all wanted to secretly sing and dance like him. Come on. Admit it. Glad he's back to making music.

But this post is not about MR JT... It's about Dillon Francis. 

'Dillon Hart Francis is an American electronic-dance musician, known for being one of the pioneers of moombahton, a fusion genre of house music and reggaeton, and moombahcore, a sub-genre of electronic dance music deviating from moombahton.' 

Is that Greek to you? For those of you not well acquainted with electronic dance music, just know that he makes... well... music that makes you dance. Take a listen to this...

A banger right? Yes. I love it. I heard it when I was listening to the 'Das Kapital Radio Show' on Assembly Radio -hosted by DJ Va-VA and Rvwr (for this week/episode). And I decided... you all should hear it too. It's that cool. I've gotten really into EDM lately and I really like this track, it's been out a while already.

Here's a little cool/random fact: " Dillon enjoys cats and they influence much of his work and cover art. Dillon plans on making enough money to save as many cats' lives as he can. He is particularly fond of the Scottish Fold." 



Life Magic - Highway Dawn EP

Hey! I have some new Tuesday tunes for you and it's free too. Courtesy of the fellows at naas, naasMUSIC has released Life Magic's two track EP - 'Highway Dawn'. 

Title track of the EP - 'Highway Dawn' is a 5 minute trip down trip lane. And I like it! Add some brass samples and the track is "muy caliente" (very hot, there's your Spanish lesson for the day).

'Pool Fun' - My favourite of the two, actually, makes me want to lay next to the pool... and you know... feel gangster whilst having fun. "Fo reals"

Life Magic is a young producer from Cape Town. Yay to more local music. So keep a look out for him at your local hot spots. And another thanks to naas for some "naas music".

Listen here (free download) 

Follow here



Special Guests - Fat Pockets

Just because I am crazy... I've been listening to this song on repeat. I'm so serious. I don't know why. It's so funny AND fun! Ah!  Special Guests: A rap duo by the Durrant brothers from Desmond & The Tutus. And that's just what they are! SPECIAL!

Just look at that artwork! So PHAT! Lovit!