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After Robots [Extra tracks, Import]

BLK JKS, Blk Jks Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Hostess Japan/Zoom
  • ASIN: B002J950ZU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Brand new album from a South African 4-piece rock band. Japanese edition will expect bonus track(s). Features tracks such as 'Molalatladi', 'Banna Ba Modimo'.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crafty Mayhem 3 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Although I concede that comparisons with TV On The Radio
are not entirely unwarranted, BLK JKS, a four-piece
hailing from Johannesburg, have a distinctive voice
pretty much all their own (certainly insofar as the
current South African music scene is concerned).

Their debut album 'After Robots' is a little rough
around the edges but what it lacks in production
quality it more than makes up for in raw energy.

The nine tracks sound as though they were assembled
in one take with little additional embellishment.

The band are Lindani Buthelezi (Guitar/Vocals);
Mpumi Mcata (Guitar); Molefi Makananise (Bass)
and Tshepang Ramoba (Drums). Together they are
a tightly efficient ensemble who are not afraid
to let loose from time to time with flurries of
wayward improvisation.

Mr Buthelezi is a persuasive front-man with a strong
moody voice which projects the essentially melancholy
nature of the music with confident aplomb.

The compositional structures are densely layered
and rhythmically complex. 'Skeletons' is a particularly
fine example of their craft. A zany piece of deconstructed
ska saturated with jangling guitar, clattering percussion
and abrasive echoing brass. Marvelous mayhem.

'Banna Ba Modimo' also makes a strong statement.
Toledo meets Tunis in prog-wonderland. There are so
many ideas thrown into the pot it is a wonder that
it doesn't boil over and blow up the stove!
Mr Ramoba's focussed drumming and fierce determination
to keep the show on the road is truly admirable.

'Kwa Nqingetje' is a particular favorite.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The anti Vampire Weekend 19 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If VW are US college kids doing African music then these chaps are the exact opposite. African kids doing US college rock. It is fairly groovey with a bit of tribal drumming and chanting but it is mainly a guitar rock album. It is definitely not like Fela or Tinariawen. Having said that it is good and quite epic in places. Well worth checking out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a listen 10 Oct 2011
By dn92
Format:Audio CD
I was drawn to this band after hearing their track 'Lakeside' on one of the FIFA games a couple of years ago. That song is definitely one of the highlights of this superb album.

The record opens with 'Molalatladi', blasting in with its tribal drumming, angular guitars and chant-like lyrics. The excellent use of backing vocals in the song is a recurring and welcome theme throughout the album. 'Banna Bo Modimo' carries on in the same vein with its chorus in Zulu. The tempo is slowed down slightly on 'Standby', but that is in no way detrimental to the quality of the track, the first on the record to be sung entirely in English.

The aforementioned 'Lakeside' follows, with its mellow and dreamlike opening developing, unravelling and building to an upbeat crescendo. Some super guitar work graces the fifth 'Taxidermy', which leads into the sprawling eight-minute wilderness of 'Kwa Nqingetje', probably the poorest track on the CD. It could have done with two or three minutes chopping off, as it just tends to meander aimlessly around the middle sections.

But if you thought the start of the album was good, the last three tracks are something else. 'Skeleton' starts off with brass instruments and guitar effects abounding, and takes many twists and turns throughout its four-and-a-half minutes, journeying through hard rock, prog and reggae stylings. A darker vibe can be felt on 'Cursor', which showcases some terrific dissonant guitar in the chorus. The piece de resistance for me though, is the beautiful acoustic closer 'Tselane', sung solely in Zulu. It doesn't matter that you can't understand the lyrics (apart from the words TV, Facebook and MySpace!), it is just such a great piece of music and although it's over six minutes, it just isn't long enough.

Overall, this record is a fantastic showcase of the talent of BLK JKS, and I fervently await their second album.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World Beat meets Prog. Rock 18 Nov 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After Robots by South African Quartet BLK JKS is a powerful, altogether innovative addition to recent world music. The band performs in three languages, including English. Stylistically the band draws their sound from a wide variety of musical heavyweights like Pink Floyd and power-chord bands like Led Zepplin. The sound is filled by an incredible rythm section that marries the sounds of the both the dark continent and traditional rock sets. This CD will go largely unnoticed inspite of a stellar revue in Rolling Stone magazine. I read the RS review and became intrigued. I bought the CD for less than $10 and now its a staple on my Ipod.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great freshness to this music. 12 Nov 2009
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's funny how bringing just one or two new elements to a form can give it a fresh new feel. In this case, the percussion work especially and the vocal work as well give what would otherwise be more-or-less straight up rock music a startling and invigorating new vibe. Also, there is variety from song to song that makes the CD listenable as a collection, because it is not--as too many CDs can be--like one long song. Each song has a distinct sound that ranges from The Who style rock, Rush style rock, raggae, jazz, world, and even lullabye. In fact, in writing this my greatest challenge was to try to say something unbiases about the music...at least finding some uncontroversial way to classify it, for example. But all I am left able to say is that I like it very much. It is ecclectic, it is eccentric, and yet it is not strange or off-putting in the way that, say, the new Flaming Lips CD (Embryonicis, because it is not "experimental" in the usual sense of the term--pushing creative boundaries simply for the sake of creating something new. It is experimental in the best sense, mashing up African beats and well-trod rock idioms with a unique flare that proves--as if it were needed--what an endlessly plastic and adaptable form rock represents.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique. 6 Sep 2014
By Eli C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Wonderfully inventive and brilliant album.
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