Introducing DJ Spoko and the Bacardi House Sound


Whether you know them by name or not, you’re probably familiar with True Panther Sounds. Now an imprint of Matador Records, they’re responsible for brining stateside names like Tanlines and Girls into the spotlight, but their signings all over the world are equally impressive: King Krule (London), Delorean (Spain) and Janka Nabay (Sierra Leone). Where Janka Nabay first introduced America’s indie kids to the bubu sound, their new signing DJ Spoko will do the same for bacardi house. It’s mesmerizing even if it comes off as jarring and unfamiliar at first, and I’m sure your favorite experimental band is getting ready to steal elements of it.


Like El Guincho, DJ Spoko attempts to take the traditional music of his hometown and move it towards the future, with synths and high-tempo drums combining with African rhythms and chants for something highly original and (most importantly) fun. Even if it’s not your bag, you owe to yourself to explore a little bit.

DJ Spoko’s debut stateside EP, Ghost Town, will be out next week on True Panther.

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