This has been a huge year for Mobi Dixon: The East London-born super-producer snagged three South African Music Award nominations, had his City Rains single remixed by Louie Vega and made a massive splash with this album’s debut single Trigger ft. Inga Hina.
Live The Music represents this talented music maker’s skills - his clipped house beats, generous basslines, propulsive percussion and breezily hypnotic chords form the perfect bedrock for an array of vocalists to exercise their song-craft, and there are lyricists galore on this release. Monique Bingham is back on the hook-heavy Mixed Up Chick, while other lesser-knowns shine in the confines of these clever tracks, including Nana Mbawuli, Pomakazi, Berita, Sakhile Moleshe, Bantu Soul and 2Bad.
There are a few extra special inclusions on Live The Music as Mobi applies his rhythmic science to remixes of Mi Casa & Ladysmith Black Mambazo (the memorable My Sugar) and breakout Afro / R&B star Tresor on hit single Never Let Me Go.
There’s one more reason this album will be the year’s essential Afro-house purchase: a collaboration with drum duo Black Motion, and as one would expect it’s an explosion of tribal percussion, dramatic house synths and distinctly Mzansi motifs.
Mobi Dixon’s big year just got even larger with this flawless release. Watch out for new Trigger music video launching soon!