Single Of The Week: Those Boys feat. Mr. Lee – Lots More (Original Mix) (Deep Fusion Records)
Better saying things like this… Released a bit earlier on, ‘Lots More’ would definitely have found its space in our 10 essential 2016 tracks! Depending on which hemisphere of the world we’re living, we can consider it as a turning point. A celebration of the Summer coming in the South, with all the enlightening perspectives such a season suggests. Or a celebration of the daylight to become longer in the North. Not to mention the one of The New Year to see the light for all of us…
As its title suggests, ‘Lots More’ is uplifting in all senses of the term. From its lyrics to its vocal performance courtesy of Mr. Lee (not to be missed with the Chicagoan Hip-House maestro of the likes!). And I’m not even talkin’ about its (original) stellar production!
A quick listen to it tells instantly there’s lots more to expect from Those Boys (Lesley Theko and Sthe Kekana). Beginning with their second album in the making. Their talent just stands as an evidence, showing a rare maturity in regards to their age.
It won’t be an offense to them stating how there’s something of Masters At Work in their delicate approach. And I’m most likely thinking of a gem such as ‘Pienso En Ti’ featuring Luis Salinas (cf. The Nu Yorican Mix). If not of Blaze with their memorable ‘Found Love’ (cf. The Shrine Vocal Mix).
On an irresistible Bossa Jazz tip, ‘Lots More’ has everything to satisfy you. Be you inclined to Latin House vibes as to Nu-Jazz ones such as delivered by Jazzanova.
Well, you’ve guessed it, we’re speaking here of nothing but a First League jam…
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– Up and rising South African pair George Lesley and Stherable One are most likely names to bookmark. Blending live elements with digital music, they come up with a one of a kind approach destined to make them reach the upper heights.
Hailing from Sebokang in the Vaal, George Lesley is a multi-instrumentist. Not only a bassist, he started playing the keyboard at his church. This being where he gained his experience and perfected his art. After exposing the music industry to his amazing talent he went on to work alongside the likes of Bucie and Mi Casa among others. Looking to Robert Glasper and The Roots as his inspiration, Lesley is very keen on learning more about music and his own capabilities while making soulful and heart-warming music in the process with Those Boys.
Stherable One, originally from Ennerdale but now residing in Evaton West in the Vaal, is the DJ/producer who brings it all together. A music collector from a very young age, he learnt to make important sacrifices in his life very early. Eventually selling his computer in order to buy turntables to pursue his passion.
Remarkably, his first gig came while he was in Grade 8 when he was asked to DJ at his school’s matric farewell function. Since then he has played alongside the likes of Vinny Da Vinci, DJ Fresh, DJ Oskido, the late DJ Monde and Black Coffee to name a few. His musical inspiration coming from cats such as Louie Vega, Atjazz, Wunmi, Rasmus Faber, Osunlade and Abicah Soul.
Those Boys each met through mutual friends but somehow something brought these two individuals together musically. Their music will undoubtedly inspire and change the lives of those who dare to listen. They are not only talented but they are an example of how the passion of two individual artists can have one voice. A voice so brilliant that they don’t need to be anything other than… Those Boys!
“There’s lots more over there…” Lots more to expect from them. Such as on ‘Lots More’ which we welcomed as our Single Of The Week by the end of 2016. But also ‘Aztec Soul’ earlier on that year. And, more recently the soothing ‘Proud And Free’. Not to mention ‘Titled Love’ on Doug Gomez‘s Merecumbe Recordings label.
– Hailing from Soweto (Diepkloof), Mr. Lee has been in the scene for over 10 years now. Mostly noticed for doing back ups for prominent artists, he got to a higher recognition when Those Boys did a remix of a song he was featured on. A a matter of fact, the rework of a track – ‘Happiness’ – by the likes of Brian Blaq & Trigo.
Mr. Lee eventually joined Those Boys on a cut called ‘Proud And Free’, from their ‘Back To Life’ debut-album. The song noty only cemented his name in the House Music industry. It also created a life long relationship with Those Boys, which led to 2 more original songs which they produced altogether.
With warm thanks to Sithembiso Kekana for his prompt and precious help…