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Reviewed by Chase Hoffberger, October 12, 2012, Music

Die Antwoord

Ten$ion (Zef Recordz)

Long weird, South African rave-hop duo Die Antwoord's gone weirder. So weird, in fact, that the tag team of Ninja and otherwise inconceivable Yo-Landi Vi$$er ran out on their freshly minted deal with Interscope Records so that they could weird out all they wanted on their independent label Zef Recordz. Meaning that the whack business on sophomore album Ten$ion unravels not exactly accessibly, nor does it maintain any innate sense of congruency. The devilish duo flips dubstep ("Never Le Nkemise 2"), EDM ("U Make a Ninja Wanna Fuck"), and Dr. Dre's 2001-era G-funk ("So What?") with nary a hitch. One minute, it's Ninja's sloshball gangsta drawl. The next, Yo-Landi's dishing out lyrical lashes on the subject of "fucking up your brain" with the vocal delicateness of yo mama's good china ("Hey Sexy"). Plug in and grab hold. This is South African party music, after all. It's wild down there. (5:15pm, Honda stage)


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