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Sebastian Ammon

They have finally done it! Prior to this album (and even now still) if you ask any South African music lover to name a song by Locnville, they would undoubtedly name “Sun In My Pocket”. Although it was their claim to commercial success and a song that I may (or may not have) bobbed my head to, it was kitsch and plain – not just the lead single, but most of the album. However, two albums and a mixtape later, Locnville have broken loose from their earlier years to present us with a darker, more mature and multifaceted record that is Taste The Weekend.

Honestly, it’s their best and most powerful album to date. The album starts with their banger single “Grapevine” featuring American pop singer Sabi, which is just a taster to the album. It’s the next three songs that really grab your attention; “Better” is the perfect example of what I mean with ‘powerful’. It’s got a massive and low-end intensive deep house beat that makes me want to play the song on repeat. “Break Some Hearts” is a great sing along tune and “Cold Shoulder” is a catchy track and the latest single off the album. The song was produced by Sketchy Bongo and has seen much success on local charts, unsurprisingly. Sketchy Bongo is quite the commodity in the local music industry at the moment; he produced songs for Danny K, Aewon Wolf, and Jimmy Nevis which have all held a spot in the Top 10 charts on 5F ...

They have finally done it! Prior to this album (and even now still) if you ask any South African music lover to name a song by Locnville, they would undoubtedly name “Sun In My Pocket”. Although it was their claim to commercial success and a song that I may (or may not have) bobbed my head to, it was kitsch and plain – not just the lead single, but most of the album. However, two albums and a mixtape later, Locnville have broken loose from their earlier years to present us with a darker, more mature and multifaceted record that is Taste The Weekend.

Honestly, it’s their best and most powerful album to date. The album starts with their banger single “Grapevine” featuring American pop singer Sabi, which is just a taster to the album. It’s the next three songs that really grab your attention; “Better” is the perfect example of what I mean with ‘powerful’. It’s got a massive and low-end intensive deep house beat that makes me want to play the song on repeat. “Break Some Hearts” is a great sing along tune and “Cold Shoulder” is a catchy track and the latest single off the album. The song was produced by Sketchy Bongo and has seen much success on local charts, unsurprisingly. Sketchy Bongo is quite the commodity in the local music industry at the moment; he produced songs for Danny K, Aewon Wolf, and Jimmy Nevis which have all held a spot in the Top 10 charts on 5FM. It’s these collaborations and the time Locnville spent in America that helped them produce a more mature and multifaceted record compared to their previous albums.

But it’s not only their sound that has changed, their lyrics did too. Where they were previously singing about sun in their pockets (“Sun In My Pocket”) and about their inability to sleep (“I Can’t Sleep”), on this album they sing about narcotics (“25”), girls (“Sexy & Original”) and fame (“Just Like Me”). Although the lyrics aren’t well crafted, I think it’s a good change for them. With those kind of lyrics, Locnville break free from their previous persona and appeal to a different, slightly older, audience.

Taste The Weekend is an easy album to listen and as previously mentioned, Locnville’s best and most powerful album yet. It has certainly managed to grip me and I’ll definitely keep my ears open for some more of their music.

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