There's a glossy futurism to Dumela 113, from the chrome-slick drums to the HD digi-synths to Ribane's warbling, expressionless autotune. On "Dear Ribane" and "Sizzr" you can hear a quiet smile behind every word, English or Tswana. And each rhythm, cold and calculated as it may be, feels eager to jump into a double-time gallop.
"Sizzr" opens with no beats and plenty of sub-bass, and when Gordon drops a massive, skipping rhythm under Ribane's robotic coos it calmly takes off. With jumping, smacking percussion, "Fede" is less interested in playing it cool. Closer "Glonet" is an instrumental track with no lack of flair. Gordon flexes a handful of synth tones over the sub-busting beat, flipping from rhythmic FX to variations on a staccato melody. It's engaging and big enough to go down well in the right set, and shows OKZharp can get the job done without a vocalist. That said, Ribane's absence doesn't go unnoticed, which only underscores how much these two belong together.