«Twirligig » (Stones Throw)
Jonti’s debut album sees the South African sampling genius and multi-instrumentalist blending pop and electro influences to create a swirling retro-futurist cocktail.
Multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer and vocalist Jonti began assembling music after leaving his native South Africa for Australia in 1999.
Despite having recorded with the likes of Mark Ronson, Santigold, Sean Lennon, the Dap-Kings and producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile), he opted to create his debut album Twirligig entirely on his own, making it a true solo offering in every respect.
Twirligig is inspired by a selection of Jonti’s favourite artistes, including Madlib, Stereolab, Free Design and The Beach Boys.
But the key influence behind the album was animator/filmmaker Norman McLaren.
“His films are complex, but they’re still fun,” Jonti explains. “You can feel his enthusiasm for techniques and experimentation. I try to make simple pop songs with that same enthusiasm.”
Stone’s Throw Records is proud of its first Australian signing, and warmly welcomes Jonti to the family. When you hear Twirligig, you’ll soon see why.