Now in its 9th year, Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) has reacted to the shifting global climate by releasing a curated multimedia package entitled Friends & Frequencies for the 2020 installment of the festival.
Friends & Frequencies is a comprehensive package that includes a compilation of 137 tracks curated in line with the festivals multiple stages, a pack of digital artworks adapted for your screen, an insiders guide to Cape Town’s most beloved institutions, all celebrated by 15 live performance videos shot at the iconic Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa. The compilation viewed more as a multi-disc album and boxset, masterfully meanders it’s way sonically through the iconic stages of the festival which have come to be know over the years as the Audiotorium, Terrace, and Club.
The Audiotorium, quite diverse in its nature kicks off the compilation with some amazing downtempo and dub cuts from local legends Nyambz, Dank, and Crosby Bolani, complimented by previous guests Peanut Butter Wolf and Four Tet, slowely building through to some alternate pop via rising local stars Tatum and Cara Few, through to Deep House, Kwaito and Broken Beats from the likes of HVOB, Maramza, Kid Fonque, Little Dragon, Coldcut, Jazzanova and Gina Jeanz. From there it steps up into some beautiful Drum n Bass and Future Beats from Kid Drama, FinnaDrift and Sol Pillars before ultimately coming back through the tempo range with the sublime voices of PHFAT, Tyler Page, James Deacon and Echo Beach.
The Terrace has always been outdoors and a firm favorite in the beautiful Cape Town Summer months. A proper outdoor festival-style dancefloor with only smiles and good vibes and the tracklist has been curated with that in mind. Kicking off with something fairly different than you would expect from South African house favorite Jazzuelle through some exclusive gems from the likes of TheologyHD and Thibo Tazz’s collaboration as well as some amazing music from Durban via Em EX, Vicmari and King Bruce and Culoe De Song.
The Terrace also boast some amazing heavy weights with lovely tracks from local hero’s Black Coffee, Culeo De Song, Shimza and Lazarusman as well as some very dear international friends Charles Webster, Till Von Sein, Rodriquez Jnr, Butane, Hyenah and of course the classic Henrick Schwarz, Ame, Dixon and Derrick L Carter collaboration which lyrically really resonated with the ideals behind the compilation. The Club as you would expect, pays homage to our club floor. An edgier, club-syle dancefloor, stripped down and with all the escapist trapping of global clubbing nightlife culture.
Sonically, the tracklist is equal parts bass anchored and driving force, with Electro and Techno tunes from local favorites Rose Bonica, Xee & CodeKid, Leeu & Avi Subban, Bruce Loko, Deano, and Dogstarr through to some amazing international works from Ectomorph, Henrick Schwarz, The Hacker, Aux 88, Maelstrom, Slam, JP Enfant, Sinfo and Mateo. From there is steps through the beautiful progressive sounds of Eugene Becker, Mindo, Ryan Murgatroyd, Daru, Sides and Ryan Sullivan before finally stepping up into some cutting edge Drum n Bass courtesy of Mountain, Counterstrike and TehSynes.
Alongside the music, the visual identity of the festival is an essential forerunner in our communications and ethos, and this is something the organization has always valued equally. The compilation includes mobile and desktop versions of curated artwork by world-renowned designers like Black Koki, Drexciya mastermind Abdul Qadim Haqq, embroidery specialist Fiance Knowles and graffiti legend Falko One.
CTEMF is also inextricably linked to the City of Cape Town, and because of this felt it imperative to pay homage to the hidden gems our city has to offer, including a curated handbook of bars, restaurants, wine farms, and records stores. This was done in collaboration with The Inside Guide.
All together, the compilation sews the story of our festival, the global network of artists who have supported and participated, the people who have fallen in love with CTEMF, and the life-affirming mission that electronic music culture has granted us over decades of involvement.