SKIP&DIE came into being when South African vocalist and ‘visual artist’ Catarina Animee Dahms (aka Cata Pirata) teamed up with Dutch producer Jori Colignon. Whilst traveling throughout Cata’s homeland (Soweto, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Guguletu in particular) they took time out to collaborate with some of South Africa’s aspiring and inspiring musicians, often simply by setting up mics at the side of the road to collect and record ideas and sounds.
From there, they travelled to Holland to finish off the album in their studio which is seemingly located on the tenth floor of a disused office block, overlooking central Amsterdam.
You can hear the influence of both cultures on the music – the rhythms and beats from South Africa combining with the Euro-pop, dancey, electronica influences from Holland / mainland Europe. I think there is also a little bit of Eastern (Indian) influence simmering away in the ‘Jungle Riot’ track in particular.
I wouldn’t normally go for sort of dance-influenced tracks, but this one gets top marks for the interesting fusion of cultures and sounds.