If you thought Die Antwoord had disappeared into the recesses of musical history, placed neatly next to other oddball acts like Moondog or JC Chasez, well you were wrong. The South African rapravers recently sat down with SPIN and offered up five tracks for review, all of which are planned for release on the group’s next album, Tensions. SPIN declared the new music “even freakier and more absurd, yet simultaneously smart and culturally relevant.” Which is a weird quote to me, and I kind of want to punch the writer in the mouth and ask, “Why can’t freaky or absurd be smart? Why does it have to be ‘yet smart’ as opposed to just ‘absurd and smart’?”
Anyway, the tracks seem to follow in the footsteps of 2010’s $O$, and I’m sure that all you dance kids will really enjoy it! However, I still find myself unable to listen to Die Antwoord because guys with ironically weird facial hair just turn me off like a light switch at noon. But I must say: the fact that Ninja and Yo-Landi sound like suburban rap fans from the late 90s makes me laugh. Here’s my favorite quote, about the track “Baby’s on Fire”: “But it could also be a girl that’s dancing is making you think, ‘Oh shit, that bitch is on fire and shit.’ But also sometimes a girl makes you so fucking crazy that you want to do something bad.” Hahahahaha!!
Expect a new album and plenty of funny-looking press photos by January 2012.
• Die Antwoord: http://www.dieantwoord.com