AOTY 2020

John Wizards

John Wizards - John Wizards
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2013 Ratings: #116 / 1040
User Score
Based on 20 ratings
September 2, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Planet Mu / Label
Electronic, Dub, House / Genres / Website
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The Line of Best Fit

Its stylistic diversity can be off-putting at first. But the more you listen, the more it all comes together. And it’s worth listening enough to get to that point, because the band has created one of the more unique and refreshing debuts in recent memory.

Drowned in Sound

Like a good pic'n'mix, there’s a flavour for everyone on John Wizards, and Nzaramba and Withers make sure you never have to dig to the bottom of the bag to find one you like. 


Look too close and its songs crumble, but take them as pieces of a whole and the music takes on the playful energy of a mixtape: sweeping its diversity, charming in its curiosity, and generally more geared to the pleasure of the listener than the self-expression of the artist. 


There’s so much packed into these 15 lush, context-evading songs, though, that map references are pretty futile.


They’re simply interested in mixing together Western and African styles of music to create something on which a genre cannot be pinned, and that keeps the listener coming back in order to figure it out. 

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Track List

  1. Tek Lef Schrempf 
  2. Lusaka By Night
  3. Limpop
  4. Muizenberg
  5. iYongwe
  6. Finally / Jet Up
  7. Maria 
  8. Jabu Ley 
  9. Jamieo
  10. Leuk
  11. Durvs 
  12. I'm Still A Serious Guy
  13. Hogsback 
  14. Lushoto 
  15. Friend
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Added on: August 30, 2013