Despite America’s feelings, soccer is a big deal for the rest of the world. With the FIFA World Cup just months away on June 10th, the world’s focus will be on Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa. But even if you don’t like soccer, there’s also going to be the FIFA World Cup Kickoff Celebration Concert. The 13-band concert will feature BLK JKS, which had a big year on the back of their first LP, After Robots. And to strike on their massive opportunity, the band’s releasing ZOL!, an EP that’s steeped in South African culture and history.
Take, for instance, “Mzabalazo”, which we featured in our most recent Friday Mixtape. It’s the band’s take on an ’80s anti-apartheid street protest, the kind of song sung in the streets by young people on their way to work and play. But the band also stretches their influences, like with the prog number that is “Paradise”. And if that weren’t enough, the band is also collaborating with producer extraordinaire TiÃ«sto on a track for Smirnoff, which is set to debut sometime in April. Stay tuned to the Smirnoff official site if you’re interested in that potentially amazing track.
ZOL! is set to be released on June 8th on Secretly Canadian.