"Elektrik Ram", the latest album from South Africa's megalithic Ruff Majik, is the kind of audio palate cleanser that we all yearn for from time to time. Kicking the vibe back to a sepia-toned era where bell-bottoms and fuzzed-out bass were de rigueur, the Majik lads take a well-known template and drench it with their unique attitude and stoner-esque sensibilities.
The horned infant known as Ruff Majik emerged from the primordial ooze when the band moved from the historical town of Lydenburg in 2012 to the capital city of Pretoria, where they honed their craft for a few years before finally entering the studio to record for the first time. Now, with a number of EP's and two lauded albums under their belt, not to mention a megaton of local and international touring, they return with what might be their defining work in the shape of "Elektrik Ram".
All the requisite Majik trope boxes are ticked in thick, bold permanent marker - sludgy, distorted riffs, vast landscapes of sonic abandon, dark imagery that perfectly complements the delicious cacophony, and tasty sound bites that add infinite swathes of colour. This is what is expected from the band, their signature sound and one that never fails. But there's a lot more going on here that shows an evolution of a band maturing and embracing their future with an eye firmly planted on the past.
180g black vinyl with gatefold cover.