On his debut record for Sub Pop, South African Spoek Mathambo’s vision of township tech encompasses everything from rap, funk, soul, 8-bit electronic music, post-punk and pretty much every micro genre of popular music you can imagine. That can be a problem sometimes. Tracks often feel overstuffed with ideas, weighed down by their own ambition. You’ll find yourself talking to the stereo, “Just kill the bleeps and we’d have ourselves a real jam, man.” When he gets the mix just right, like on “Let Them Talk,” however, the results can be both audacious and stunning and you’ll be having an entirely different conversation, “More beats. More guitars. More rhymes. More everything!”

MP3: Spoek Mathambo – Let Them Talk
VIDEO: Spoek Mathambo – Let Them Talk