Cape Town band Bateleur just released their Cargo Cults EP on the 15th of June. The album includes collaborations with South African DJs, is up for free digital download from the band’s Facebook page and website and is also available as a 20 limited edition artist series of wooden discs by local talents Stuart Ziegler, Bison, Givan Lotz, Sebastian Borckenhagen and Dale Lawrence.
They let us know more: The intention behind the Cargo Cults EP, beyond engaging with an audience, is to release music from a forward-looking perspective. At the same time, we wanted to expand the experience by looking outward. Beyond Bateleur, designers of every sphere are involved. For each of the Bateleur tracks on side A, there is a reflected remix on side B. Five South African DJ’s did us the honour of taking creative licence with a track of their choice.
Now, we’re a bit worried everyone will like Side B much more than Side A. The circle expands with the discs sold here. We wanted to release the EP in a way that still retained a physical interaction with the music being bought. We, you, and everyone else we know love album art. Hence the release of the Cargo Cults EP on a wooden disc, with the music on a flashdrive embedded in the back.
The discs displayed on this website form part of the limited edition Artist Series – we gave five admired artists four discs each, to do with what they will. In return, they receive all profits made on the sale of each disc, along with what they want: to engage with an audience.
The artist series LPs will be sold through an online auction on the band‚Äôs website which will run from June 15th to¬†July 6th, with the smaller discs also available online and sold at live shows.