Cape Town Electronic Music Festival 2020 Presents Friends & Frequencies

Now in its 9th year, Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) has reacted to the shifting global climate by releasing a curated multimedia package entitled Friends & Frequencies for the 2020 installment of the festival. 

Friends & Frequencies is a comprehensive package that includes a compilation of 137 tracks curated in line with the festivals multiple stages, a pack of digital artworks adapted for your screen, an insiders guide to Cape Town’s most beloved institutions, all celebrated by 15 live performance videos shot at the iconic Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa. The compilation viewed more as a multi-disc album and boxset, masterfully meanders it’s way sonically through the iconic stages of the festival which have come to be know over the years as the Audiotorium, Terrace, and Club.  

The Audiotorium, quite diverse in its nature kicks off the compilation with some amazing downtempo and dub cuts from local legends Nyambz, Dank, and Crosby Bolani, complimented by previous guests Peanut Butter Wolf and Four Tet, slowely building through to some alternate pop via rising local stars Tatum and Cara Few, through to Deep House, Kwaito and Broken Beats from the likes of HVOB, Maramza, Kid Fonque, Little Dragon, Coldcut, Jazzanova and Gina Jeanz. From there it steps up into some beautiful Drum n Bass and Future Beats from Kid Drama, FinnaDrift and Sol Pillars before ultimately coming back through the tempo range with the sublime voices of  PHFAT, Tyler Page, James Deacon and Echo Beach.  

The Terrace has always been outdoors and a firm favorite in the beautiful Cape Town Summer months. A proper outdoor festival-style dancefloor with only smiles and good vibes and the tracklist has been curated with that in mind. Kicking off with something fairly different than you would expect from South African house favorite Jazzuelle through some exclusive gems from the likes of TheologyHD and Thibo Tazz’s collaboration as well as some amazing music from Durban via Em EX, Vicmari and King Bruce and Culoe De Song. 

The Terrace also boast some amazing heavy weights with lovely tracks from local hero’s Black Coffee, Culeo De Song, Shimza and Lazarusman as well as some very dear international friends Charles Webster, Till Von Sein, Rodriquez Jnr, Butane, Hyenah and of course the classic Henrick Schwarz, Ame, Dixon and Derrick L Carter collaboration which lyrically really resonated with the ideals behind the compilation. The Club as you would expect, pays homage to our club floor. An edgier, club-syle dancefloor, stripped down and with all the escapist trapping of global clubbing nightlife culture. 

Sonically, the tracklist is equal parts bass anchored and driving force, with Electro and Techno  tunes from local favorites Rose Bonica, Xee & CodeKid, Leeu & Avi Subban, Bruce Loko, Deano, and Dogstarr through to some amazing international works from Ectomorph, Henrick Schwarz, The Hacker, Aux 88, Maelstrom, Slam, JP Enfant, Sinfo and  Mateo.  From there is steps through the beautiful progressive sounds of Eugene Becker, Mindo, Ryan Murgatroyd, Daru, Sides and Ryan Sullivan before finally stepping up into some cutting edge Drum n Bass courtesy of Mountain, Counterstrike and TehSynes. 

Alongside the music, the visual identity of the festival is an essential forerunner in our communications and ethos, and this is something the organization has always valued equally. The compilation includes mobile and desktop versions of curated artwork by world-renowned designers like Black Koki, Drexciya mastermind Abdul Qadim Haqq, embroidery specialist Fiance Knowles and graffiti legend Falko One. 

CTEMF is also inextricably linked to the City of Cape Town, and because of this felt it imperative to pay homage to the hidden gems our city has to offer, including a curated handbook of bars, restaurants, wine farms, and records stores. This was done in collaboration with The Inside Guide. 

All together, the compilation sews the story of our festival, the global network of artists who have supported and participated, the people who have fallen in love with CTEMF, and the life-affirming mission that electronic music culture has granted us over decades of involvement. 

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Gina Jeanz features on the Audiotorium disc. Image: Tyrone Bradley/Red Bull Content Pool

TRACKLISTING – AUDIOTORIUM

1. DJ Food – Colours Beyond Colours 

2. Nyambz – Back In The Day (Ricci Mix) 

3. Peanut Butter Wolf – Chain Gang 

4. Four Tet – Two Thousand And Seventeen 

5. Asvnte – Mula ft JXY 

6. Dank – Worms 

7. Crosby Bolani – Perilous Times 

8. Floyd Lavine – Binded 

9. Messive Muzik – Faqadat Fi Alsawt (Atmos Gruv Mix) 

10. Vox Portent – Cult Fanatics 

11. Elle E – Tiny House (Soft-Touch Retouch) 

12. Bryson – Dawn Treader 

13. Hesselberg – Chopping Down Mountains 

14. Tatum – My Hands 

15. Cara Frew – Waiting For Love 

16. HVOB – Ghost 

17. Digital Sangoma – Nyamezela 

18. Dumama + Kechou – Intaka 

19. Kid Fonque – Infinity Feat. Daev Martian & Ziyon 

20. Maramza – Drinks On Me Feat. Robin ThirdFloor  

21. Little Dragon – Rush 

22. Jazzanova – In The Morning Feat. Zakes Bantwini 

23. Gina Jeanz Feat. Mumbi Kasumba – Tropic City (Simbad Suite) 

24. Keleketla! & Coldcut – International Love Affair 

25. Rt Rev Dr Moody and the Moodys Blue Note Orchestra – Higher State Of Jazz 

26. Richard the Third – This Ol Heart

27. Markus Wormstorm – Upturned 

28. Frivolous – Von Ether – The Gifts From The Gods 

29. Mr Mo feat G Steel – The Comeback 

30. Sibot – Barkley 

31. Kid Drama – The Mechanism 

32. FinnaDrift – Baby Steps 

33. Lazershark – 4 Months And A Day 

34. Sol Pillars – Deeper Love 

35. Mix n Blend – The Knife Feat. EJ von Lyrik & Miki San Tzu 

36. Caramel Feat. DJ Ready D – Worldwide Party 

37. Eavesdrop – Hidden Dragon 

38. DJ Krush – Sbayi One Feat. Crosby Bolani 

39. Kumodi – Grief groove 

40. Herd – Brain Damage 

41. Luke Taylor – Witch Bend 

42. PHFAT – Catherine 

43. Her H – Enough 

44. Tyler Page – Don’t Believe The Aliens 

45. Mr Sakitumi – No More Sorrow 

46. James Deacon – Gone 

47. Andy Lund – This Town Is Ours

TRACKLISTING – TERRACE 

48. Jazzuelle Feat. Kirsten Adams – Stay 

49. TheologyHD & Thibo Tazz – Lovepain ft Khess 

50. Em Ex – Destination 27

51. Sytec Feat. Shiva – Cruising 

52. Vicmari – Find Your Way 

53. Charles Webster Feat. Thandi Draai – Fight For Freedom (Charles Webster Dub) 

54. Kat La Kat – Stacked 

55. Nedza – The Lost King 

56. 104 BPM – Crazy 8 

57. Aero Manyelo – Real Stories 

58. King Bruce – Childish 

59. Ray Bennett – Moving 

60. Till von Sein – Bimbes 

61. Deep Aztec – Rise Above 

62. Adam De Smit – Home 

63. Black Coffee – 100 Zulu Warriors 

64. Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse – Jive Soweto (Charles Webster Dub Mix) 

65. Don Laka – I Wanna Be Myself (DJ Gerd Janson Edit) 

66. Culoe De Song – City Of AquaDu 

67. Pierre Johnson, Avi Subban & The Lazarusman – Eat, Pray, Love 

68. Rodriguez Jr. – What Is Real (Floyd Lavine Remix)

69. Henrik Schwarz / Âme / Dixon feat. Derrick L. Carter – WhereWe At (Version 1)

70. XtetiQsoul – Resistance 

71. Echo Deep – This Is My Time 

72. Hyenah – Drums Of Usuthu 

73. Shimza – Late Night Dreaming 

74. Stera & Froote – Cour Of Law 

75. DJ OD – Voices Of Himba 

76. Ruffest – Inkinga Yi GTi 

77. Aux Feat. DJ Lag – Re-Birth 

78. Naize – Main Event 

79. Stoorne – Dankie Sox 

80. Da Soul Boyz – Generator 

81. Toolz Umazelaphi – 1 am 

82. Florian Kruse Feat. Lazarusman – The Proof Of Life 

83. Dean Fuel – All In (Dub Mix) 

84. Patrick Kunkel – Dirty 

85. Chasing Space – Factory Floors (Dub Tool) 

86. Lady M – Not My Zebra 

87. Dirty Doering – Khayelitsha 

88. MKLY Feat. Teagan Lee & Jake Hoffman – Alpha 

89. Terrasoul – Faea 

90. Luis 93 – Refractions 

91. Get Down Crew – Importance 

92. Butane & Riko Forinson – Slow Motion 

TRACKLISTING – CLUB

93. Nia BlaQ – We Speak 

94. Ectomorph – Genome Shift 

95. Luc Veermeer – Swilford 

96. A Million Things – The Universe Is Actually A Sound 

97. blaqkongo – Many Faces 

98. Xee & CodeKid – Troubled Times 

99. Leeu & Avi Subban – Night Terrors 

100. Bruce Loko – Modimolle 

101. Rose Bonica – Does This Mean I’m Back (Did I Ever Leave) 

102. Deano – Bring Me Back Down To Earth 

103. Austrian Apparel – Maadness 

104. Henrik Schwarz – Do You Live Under A Rock 

105. Dogstarr – Get Off Your Block 

106. Black Lake – Type 1 

107. AUX 88 – Urban Ebonics 

108. Brian E and The Egyptian Lover – This Nu Electro 

109. Ivan Turanjanin Feat. Hanél – Complex 

110. Ghetto Slunking – Final Space

111. The Hacker – Binary Dance 

112. Maelstrom – Skies 

113. Slam – Heiwa

114. JP Enfant – Buoyance 

115. Skale Tone – Acid Raid 

116. Sinfol – Who We Are 

117. Craig Placid – Cinforbe 

118. Sick Note – The Process 

119. Mateo! – Recognition 

120. Nick Grater – Defined Destiny 

121. Jack’s CAB Feat. Khrystyn Meth – 5th Dimension

122. Sonic Bloom – The Day OF Black Sun 

123. Eugene Becker – Runaway 

124. Cornelius SA – Medieval 

125. Mindo – New Era 

126. Daru – Mutable 

127. Sides – Pulpo 

128. Mark Valsecchi and Ryan Murgatroyd – Rebel Kids

129. Ryan Sullivan – The Grind 

130. Sacred Sun – Don’t Trip 

131. Remember The Morning – The Dome 

132. Kevin Ribbans – Sunrise Eternal 

133. Bad Disk – WASD 

134. Grimehouse – Beast Mode 

135. Mountain – Black

136. Counterstrike – Sacrifices 

137. TehSynes ft Ntombethongo – Lost & Found 

FUNDRAISER PARTNER – FEED OUR CREW

Friends & Frequencies is available for sale at $10 (USD) exclusively via our website & Bandcamp, with the sole objective of raising funds for the artists involved and the creative industry supply chain. The funds generated will be audited, allocated and distributed via our partners : Feed Our Crew 

We felt it is imperative to come up with an initiative to support this industry that has supported us over the years. 

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the local events community, including our technical crew that often work from gig to gig.

We have come to together to provide temporary support by the way of food vouchers for eligible members of our community.

The vouchers will be used for food, electricity and other essentials. 

With the donations we receive, vouchers valued at R500 will be distributed via Feed Our Crew to the qualified recipients. 

LINKS

https://bys.lnk.to/CTEMFwww.ctemf.comhttps://ctemf.bandcamp.com/album/ctemf-2020-friends-frequencieshttps://www.facebook.com/ctemf/

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