· By Rouleaux van der Merwe
Van Coke Kartel - ENERGIE cover EP is out now!
VAN COKE KARTEL’s cover EP, ENERGIE, is out NOW on iTunes exclusively. Pre-orders of the 12” vinyl is also open at here as of now. A free digital download of the entire EP is available upon purchase of the vinyl.
THIS ALBUM IS ALL ABOUT FUN
The members of VAN COKE KARTEL spent most of 2015 on other projects. Francois and Jedd Kossew launched the FRANCOIS VAN COKE debut solo album. Wynand Myburgh kept busy managing Jack Parow and Fokofpolisiekar’s affairs, while Dylan Hunt joined the band Southern Wild.
The band wanted to do something together again and they wanted to do something different.
They decided to record a cover EP by some of the greats, those who have influenced them along the way. According to Jedd Kossew, it was important for them to stay true to themselves, their style of music, but also to stay true to the songs they decided to cover.
“How do you choose 5 songs?”
Francois van Coke:
IT’S MUCH EASIER FOR US TO RELEASE GOOD SONGS WHEN THEY ARE ALREADY GOOD SONGS
ENERGIE TRACK LIST
RE-INTRODUCING AN OLD SONG TO A NEW AUDIENCE
Covering this song is quite personal for Van Coke Kartel. Francois says that Johannes Kerkorrel and Koos Kombuis was the only Afrikaans music they listened to growing up and the only thing they felt they associated with. Wynand used to do sound for Kerkorrel at some of this shows back in the day.
THE BEATLES ARE MY FAVOURITE BAND OF ALL TIME
Francois and Jedd have been jamming this song in their solo acoustic set for some time now. Help! is the first single from ENERGIE. A fun fact is that Jedd sings a chorus for the first time in a Van Coke Kartel song.
3. I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD)
Francois Van Coke:
WHO DOESN’T WANT TO SING ‘I FEEL GOOD’?
Wynand says that they wanted to do a song which is fun, they can jam and people would know.
4. GOT TO GIVE IT UP
Francois Van Coke:
IT’S SOMETHING I WANT TO SHARE WITH PEOPLE. IT’S ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SONGS
Francois also says that he loves everything about this song. “Every note that’s played on it. I love the original version.”
5. BORN TO DIE
BORN TO DIE IS OUR ATTEMPT AT A POP SONG
Van Coke Kartel was eager to put their own spin on this pop song and they think it is now “Spaghetti Western-sounding”.
*Recorded and Mixed by Theo Crous at Bellville Studios
*Mastered by Rogan Kelsey
Pre-order the vinly from Permanent Record now.
VCK’s new offering, ENERGIE, is a fun filled homage to their varied influences. Pressed on ruby red wax, the record spins at 45RPM and exemplifies their role as one of South Africa’s most exciting rock & roll acts.
This EP consists entirely of covers, some more expected than others, like the album’s name sake ENERGIE, by Johannes Kerkorrel & Die Gereformeerde Blues Band, HELP! by The Beatles and GOT TO GIVE IT UP by Thin Lizzy, as well as atypical renditions of Lana Del Rey’s BORN TO DIE and the James Brown classic I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD).
VAN COKE KARTEL Releases ENERGIE
A digital download of the entire EP is available upon purchase.
A1 / ENERGIE
A2 / HELP!
A3 / I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD)
B1 / GOT TO GIVE IT UP
B2 / BORN TO DIE
Stay tuned for more information regarding the vinyl delivery date.