Just as Johannesburg’s BLK JKS were beginning their first US tour in March of this year, they made a stop at Rock Island, IL’s Daytrotter Session studios to lay down tunes from their debut EP and from the forthcoming Secretly Canadian full-length, After Robots. Today, five songs from the session are available on the Daytrotter site HERE. Also, be sure to give a listen to the BLK JKS’ Daytrotter introduction, in which the band members introduce themselves in a spectrum of languages. It serves as a cool primer for the music that follows.
And Daytrotter’s Sean Moeller absolutely nails it when writing about the session: “The four members of Blk Jks, all from South Africa, build and build upon these very translatable and easily shared feelings of tricky, pantomimed and foggy imagination getting carried away with itself and making mountains out of molehills. Mostly sung in English and sometimes in their native tongue, Blk Jks are able to blend these many, many shades and colors into a stampeding jam party that makes you want to do some end of the world dirty dancing on a dark dance floor, in a bad part of town, in a city you’ve never seen, in a country you’ve never been to and just roll the dice to see how the sweatiness and the frequencies of the evening decide that they want to act out later on. It’s a sound that represents a night that could stretch on for a week and a day, taking us by the scruff of the neck and just yanking us into hurricanes, fistfights, passionate love sprawls, blindfolds and a firing squad if we’re unlucky.”
In September, BLK JKS are back in the U.S. for a tour and festival appearances. There is also a record release party for After Robots slated for Sept. 8 at New York’s S.O.B.’s. All live dates can be found HERE.
And a pre-order of After Robots, which includes a free poster and free digital download of Mystery Remix 12″ tracks by Osborne, is now available HERE.