BLK JKS highly-anticipated debut album -“AFTER ROBOTS” – will be released on the 18th of September on Secretly Canadian.
BLK JKS (pronounced Black Jacks) pretty much defy categorisation. Hailing from Johannesburg, SA, they were discovered and brought to New York by super-producer DIPLO and have already appeared on the cover of America’s prestigious Fader magazine and received numerous critical plaudits in the press following the release of the Mystery EP earlier this year… They have been variously described as “the sound of a new South Africa”and “an example of the post-apartheid nation’s new cultural momentum and boundary-breaking sensibility”.
Following highly-praised sets at SXSW, BLK JKS have gone on to share stages in North America and Europe with a celebrated and disparate array of artists including Femi Kuti, Dirty Projectors, Santigold, Michael Franti and Cody Chesnutt.
Amidst all this critical praise the essence of BLK JKS’ music – a collision of township blues, jazz, afro-beat and renegade dub, heard via a lens of psychedelic/progressive/post/art-rock – shines through. Music from Africa has never sounded like this, as BLK JKS bring the concept of afro-futurism into a new century. Produced at New York’s Electric Ladyland studios by BRANDON CURTIS of SECRET MACHINES, “After Robots” has all the ingredients of a party record – young, joyous musicians; surging, afro-drumming; aggressive horn blasts (supplied by the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble) – but this is not party music. It’s at times disorienting and overwhelming, but it always maintains a cool, alluring mystique.
“After Robots” triumphs on its own strange set of genre-ending rules, and BLK JKS are undeniably a band of our times…
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or get update on the band on their blog here.