TUNE Love Jihad - Skip&Die - Love Jihad
SKIP&DIE, the sensational new genre-blending band formed by South African vocalist & visual artist Catarina Aimée Dahms (aka Cata.Pirata) and Dutch musician & producer Jori Collignon. They have started to create quite a stir internationally with their debut single ‘Love Jihad’ out in the UK in October.
The single delivers the clear understanding that the duo have been influenced by a wide variety of musical genres, creating their own very unique sound. It is also the lead track from their debut album ‘Riots in the Jungle’, cut on Crammed Discs to be released in November.
‘Love Jihad’ opens akin to walking through Lower East Side on a summer afternoon with field recordings of birds hiding in the background of duetting clarinets. The mood is quickly ramped up with chopped vocals, carnival weight drums and a wonky synth line sounding like a peak time sound clash between Sinden and Diplo. The pace is relentless with a maximal assault of ideas and sounds creating a thick sonic wall for Cata’s confident vocals to stand upon. It’s rowdy yet never brash with its mix of world club and political lyrics.
Cata and Jori describe their recording adventure as “a magical experience”, during this time they met and worked with young South African peers such as vocalist Gazelle (with whom they share a common love for intertwining politics and dance music), hip hop crew Driemanskap, rappers Emza & Magebz, experimental rock musician (and BLK JKS collaborator) João Orecchia, The Season Marimba Stars and more.
“My art/music is an extension of the way my psyche works, everything it has taken in over the years; it reflects my thoughts and emotions on society, my personal experiences.” – Cata Pirata.
Catarina was born and raised in South Africa, and started moving around as a teenager, following her social activist filmmaker parents on their adventures. This is where her passion for music was discovered and where she subsequently dived headlong into song writing and performing. Gradually Cata started developing her own unique style and influence.
On his own journey, Jori started out in music very young turning to electronics after being inspired by The Beastie Boys, DJ Shadow, Daft Punk and many more. He honed his skills as a musician playing with successful Dutch bands such as C-Mon & Kypski and Nobody Beats The Drum (of which he's still a member). Over the years, he's developed into an exceptionally gifted arranger and producer.
Following a chance meeting in a home studio with the most epic view over Amsterdam, the talented two decided to join forces. Followed by a spark, a beat, a song, SKIP&DIE was born.
‘Love Jihad’ is a perfect introduction to SKIP&DIE who are becoming known as delivering a fresh urban, yet traditional sound with early comparisons to cultural fusion aficionado M.I.A. Observe the cultural blend yourself as the single is out in October on Crammed Discs.