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Okzharp and Manthe Ribane release their debut album on Hyperdub

The duo share the first single “Dun” from their forthcoming LP Closer Apart

Okzharp and Manthe Ribane’s debut album will be released by Hyperdub on 6 July. Called Closer Apart, Ribane describes it as a “360 turn” and an “expression of my ‘Lady’ side”.

Okzharp is based in London and Ribane in Cape Town. The duo made the album during their recent tour – they started work on it in the studio of film maker Chris Saunders, who had met Okzharp while working on promo videos for LV – Okzharp aka Gerv Gordon’s former project. The film maker is now working on the visuals and stage show for the duo’s new album. Ribane and Okzharp’s previous collaborations include the two Hyperdub EPs Dumela 113 and Tell Your Vision.

About the new album Okzharp says, “Most of the music came out of headphone moments in hotel rooms, planes and airports in the brief periods of time that we spent together, in Paris and later Vienna.” Describing their shared moments in Milan, he continues, “We had a whole free day before our flight so we visited the Salone di Mobile design show. We were so inspired by an installation there just walking around, listening to the amazing soundtrack. That evening our flight was delayed, so we sat on the floor of the airport terminal putting musical ideas down for “Time Machine” on the laptop speakers and writing the lyrics.”

As well as co-producing the record, vocalist, dancer and former Die Antwoord choreographer Ribane collaborated with Saunders on the visual identity for the album.

Listen to the lead single “Dun”.