Bubblegum Club: ASAP Shembe pays homage to the past while reimagining future sounds

“While Amarekere is ASAP Shembe’s debut album, he’s already earned a name and loyal following from himself with his Inkinga EP and by picking interesting songs to feature on. Pretty much everything about ASAP Shembe’s music is interesting, to me at least. He positions his sound as “a 90’s stimulated South African sound with ultramodern aesthetics,” and I’m annoyed because it’s so accurate. There’s more to it of course, but this is very much future shit that feels familiar.”

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