COVER IMAGE
CD released: Jul 06, 2018

Tracklisting:
1. W U @
2. Make U Blue
3. Why U In My Way
4. Zagga
5. Never Say Never
6. Never Thought
7. Blue Tigers
8. Time Machine
9. Tide
10. Kubona
11. Theletsa
12. Dun
13. Treasure Erasure
OKZHARP / RIBANE, MANTHE RIBANE
CLOSER APART
Label: HYPERDUB
Cat No: HDBCD041
Barcode: 5055869558648
Packaging: CD Regular

Producer Okzharp and vocalist-artist-dancer Manthe Ribane both hail from South Africa, where Manthe still resides, while Okzharp lives in the London
where he is a DJ and producer, initially cutting his teeth in LV, who in 2007 were one of the very first acts signed to Hyperdub.
Manthe has been at the forefront of South Africa's cutting edge fashion, art and dance worlds for over a decade. After leaving LV, Okzharp and Manthe
started collaborating, going on to release two well-received EPs on Hyperdub, 'Dumella 113' and 'Tell Your Vision', recorded in Joburg and London
respectively.
The recording of 'Closer Apart' reflects the title. Okzharp says 'Most of the music came out of headphone moments in hotel rooms, planes and airports in
the brief periods of time that we spent together.' Describing Manthe as a co -producer, he continues 'She selected instrumental sketches and we developed
them together, sometimes just keeping the bare bones or a melody or rhythm, or trying different elements or sounds.'
Even though the album was built long distance, the short periods they spent together were the ground zero for creativity. Okzharp recalls 'One particular
moment in Milan last year, we had a whole free day before our flight so we visited the Salone di Mobile design show. We were so inspired by an installation
there just walking around, listening to the amazing soundtrack. That evening our flight was delayed, so we sat on the floor of the airport terminal putting
musical ideas down for 'Time Machine' on the laptop speakers and writing the lyrics. "Tic Toc time, we'll be fine / Airport queues, cerulean blues / Viper
trails cross the skies / Lights reflect in your eyes..." '
'Closer Apart' has a softness and openness that contrasts the tougher sound of the EPs. Manthe explains, 'The new music is a 360 turn, an expression of
my "Lady" side. I grew up listening to Jazz, Classic and Gospel, I am a very soft spoken person, and it resonates with being confident with that. It's been
crazy finding balance and finding a smart way to strengthen my weaknesses, I had to trust the process.'

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