South Africa's Goldfish Talk Reppin' Cape Town, Dive into 'Deep Of The Night:' Exclusive

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New York, Los Angeles, London, Miami. Y’all can sit down for a minute. Cape Town, Africa, has something to say.

The South African city has always been a place rich in music, and today, more of its stars are breaking across borders than ever before.

“Cape Town has always been a hotbed of creative types,” says dance duo Goldfish, a team that’s pioneered the live instrumentation in electronic dance since the early 2000s. “There’s just something vibrant, an electricity in the city’s scene. It’s got such a cosmopolitan mix of people from all over the world colliding with the rawness of Africa, all wrapped up in one of the most naturally beautiful peninsulas on the planet. It's a city people choose to live in for the incredible lifestyle it offers, and you only have to look out the window to get inspired.”

Goldfish’s music is inextricably linked to its hometown’s colorful style. Its productions mix sax, flute, double bass, and keys in and out of thumping house rhythms. It’s a sound that’s brought them far and wide from their childhood playgrounds, but wherever the group goes, it’s conscious of the legacy it represents.

“Dance music in South Africa has had a firm grip on the public consciousness since the rave scene in the late 80’s up to the Tropical House explosion in the past few years,” Goldfish says. “As far as representing our scene around the world goes, it has been an honour to be welcomed by so many different countries and cultures. We have experienced first hand that music really is the language of the world and I think we have touched a nerve with people searching for more within dance music culture.”

Today, Goldfish offers a festive side of Cape Town life. “Deep Of The Night” is playful and upbeat. You can almost see the guitar player digging his toes in the sand as Diamond Thug’s come-hither voice dances through salty beach air. It’s something to warm you in the coming winter months, and there’s more where it came from when Goldfish drops its forthcoming full-length album on Armada in 2017.


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