It is rare that a compilation is referred to as beautiful, however Culoe De Songs Watergate 21 is just that. Following the highly regarded twentieth installment of the mix series from Mathias Mayer, Watergate has remained consistent when choosing a successor for the twenty first installment. The South African native has forged an international name for himself over the last ten years, having come a long way since his first release on Black Coffees compilation ‘Have Another One’ in 2007. For Culoe De Song 100 Zulu Warriors, which was his offering on the compilation, fundamentally marked the beginning for him in South Africa’s musical circle.
Staying true to his South African roots and his unique tribal house sound, Culoe has since released well received tracks on Innversions, Mule Musiq and his own label De Song Music which he established as an outlet to showcase his own music last year. The 18 track LP Washa was the first to come out of De Song Music and similarly to Watergate 21 showcases Culoes musical heritage.
No stranger to Watergate having made his debut in 2014, Culoe has skillfully encompassed elements from his sets at the notorious Berlin nightclub via this 15 track compilation. Expertly mixed Culoe puts his stamp on the compilation through his own unheard exclusive tracks with additional offerings from heavyweights such as &ME, Boddhi Satva, Guti and Em Ex. Dead Man’s Walk marks the opening of the compilation, a steady journey track which builds beautifully as the track develops with added dolphin like samples which nod towards to releases artwork. Equally as strong Aftermath and Juice communicate Culoe’s roots through sounds of the homeland.
Expertly mixed tribal rhythms, pulsing percussion and heartfelt vocals transport the listener on a journey washing over you like a warm South African breeze. Although its contributors each hold their unique sound with every track on the compilation, Culoe expertly transitions from one track to the next with ease. Watergate 21 is a glorious soundscape of uplifting tribal house with splashes of ambient melody whereby Culoe De Song is your guide making his unique artistic talents apparent throughout.
Culoe De Song Watergate 21 will relese on November 18th, 2016
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Words: Mahala Ashley