Today sees the official release of a brand new EP by MR SAKITUMI entitled Sweet & Sour Vol. 2. It follows the release of Vol. 1 (in December 2013), which was the first in this series ; the concept for the venture is about contrasts – a contrast in musical style to his normal signature Mr Sakitumi sound and a contrast of each track featuring two different versions. The ‘sour’ part of each song, consists of a bassier, grimier, harder and dancier version of the track, whilst the ‘sweet’ part being more intimate as a piano/orchestral version.
Vol. 2 features newer, more banging tunes along with beautiful, gentler piano/orchestral versions to contrast. For the first time, one of the tracks – ‘Mr & Grrrl (Sour)’ also features The Grrrl on vocals with Mr Sakitumi.
“I’m experimenting a bit more with the ‘sours’ in this one, pushing the envelope. It has my fastest track to date ‘Space Fortune Cookie (Sour)’ which clocks in at 180BPM! The ‘sweet’ versions are going to be such great contrasts once again.”
The EP still features Mr Sakitumi’s signature epic element which threads through – to a degree ‘Mr & Grrrl (Sour) feat. The Grrrl‘ has a lyrical sense of humour. ‘Squigglyjam’ (Bonus Track) is again closer to his lighter side in beat making.
Mr Sakitumi found inspiration for the EP whilst being out at clubs and festivals, hearing friends and DJ’s playing much harder music to what he normally does. ‘Space Fortune Cookie (Sour)’ was an idea which sparked from meeting and seeing the performance of Nosinja (Shangaan electro) at CTEMF. Mr Sakitumi always wanted to try a really fast track inspired by this genre, so this is how it came about. He drew on elements, but made it his own.
The EP was written over the last 3 months and mostly recorded in his own studio. He is currently in Berlin, and had to mix most of the EP on headphones, whilst being out of South Africa. Mastering was done by his friend and fellow Lark member, Simon ‘Fuzzy’ Ratcliffe (Sound & Motion Studios), who also mixed the 3 Sour tracks.
Sweet & Sour Vol. 2 Track List
- One Ton Soup (Sour)
- Mr & Grrrl (Sour) – feat. The Grrrl
- Space Fortune Cookie (Sour)
- Squigglyjam (Bonus Track)
- One Ton Soup (Sweet)
- Mr & Grrrl (Sweet)
- Space Fortune Cookie (Sweet)
“As always, I’m excited to put new music out there! This EP pushes me to think and create differently, both in the ‘sweet’ and the ‘sour’ tracks. Vol.2 just became a level up for me!”
Download SWEET & SOUR VOL. 2 here:
MR & GRRRL (SOUR) VIDEO
Mr Sakitumi & The Grrrl did a guerrilla style shoot before heading off to Europe, styled by their friend Crystal Birch, with the assistance of Jade Ayla Rea and Louise Steytler. With their help, they have created some fun footage and wore some outrageous outfits.
The idea was to use it as VJ samples for their live performances, but they loved it so much, that they turned it into a video for ‘Mr & Grrrl (Sour) feat. The Grrrl’.
Watch the video for MR & GRRRL (SOUR) feat. THE GRRRL here:
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