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South African house producer Mr. Joe gets deep for Afro Rebel Music

By Christine Kakaire

South Africa’s house music scene has been in famously rude health for a number of years, and as the rest of the world begins to take more notice, SA artists and producers are finding themselves with a growing legion of worldwide admirers. New York label Open Bar has been an ambassador of this cause for a few years: they started their offshoot imprint Afro Rebel Music in 2010 with the express purpose of spreading the gospel of “Afro-house.” Their latest, by label mainstay Mr. Joe, is a fine offering of classy and classic percussive deep house.

“Shooting Star” opens Mr. Joe’s Soulful NeedsEP with an understated feel, via a layered percussion rhythm that carries it from start to end and hazy keys and barely-there voices, but it all combines for a compelling and hypnotic ride into rhythm that makes it perfect for a deeper dancefloor moment.