Basson Laubscher, who? That was my original thought as well when I was asked to review his recent EP ‘Shakedown’. Little did I know that this EP would be banging in my ears over and over for the last week. It’s rather hypocritical to judge a musician when you have no musical qualifications. However, it’s a simple thing. You get good music and you get bad music, this is pretty damn good.
Basson grew up in Stellenbosch, much like many other talented local musicians. His parents had great taste in music and Basson was lucky enough to grow up listening to a varied array of awesome classic artists, from The Beatles to the likes of Johnny Cash, Abba, Led Zeppelin and even some Beethoven for good measure.
His father and brother both played the guitar and at the age of 15 he followed suit. That was it for young Basson, he continued to play until in his Matric year a band was started between him and Bertie Coetzee, the band would later be known as Zinkplaat. Zinkplaat celebrated 10 years of music in the South African scene in 2013 with the release of their fourth and final album Retrospekulasie.
Basson released his EP in February this year and I must say it’s interesting to say the least. If you’re into Rock n Roll, The blues and everything in between. This EP needs to make it’s way into your collection. It takes you on a journey, from swaying slowly on your chair at work to the quick tapping of your feet. It’s an all round bad ass EP!
Download the EP here for free: https://soundcloud.com/basson-laubscher
You can almost tell by the track list how much it varies, in a good way.
- Bad News
- Cage Blues
- Killing Me
- Ramblin Man
- Swamp Thing