By BA Staff
In case a reminder is necessary, this is what we wrote about the Lonely Hearts Club the last time we visited:
“Found in the bohemian and nonconforming suburb of Melville, Johannesburg and situate on the eclectic and constantly evolving 7th Street the Lonely Hearts Club is an eye-pleasing bygone restaurant stunningly curated to somewhat resemble an old school gentleman’s bar. Its laid back ambience, moody and speakeasy-like interior makes it a perfect locus for profound moments with that special someone.“
The Club is not only dope for its aesthetic appeal, sophisticated tapas cuisine, and on pint service (the staff is really awesome and go out of their way to ensure that your there is nothing short of splendid), but also for the manner in which it takes its music seriously. For the world music and the alternative scene experience the Club is a spot you can always rely on. As far as the alternative scene is concerned, I pretty much doubt there is a better spot or better experience on seventh than what the Club offers. It’s top-drawer quality. The effort that goes into their music organisation and experience is pretty overt and it’s all fantastic, especially if you’re a world music fanatic. Great sessions going in there.
Just the other day Kid Fonque had a five hour set at the Club (damn and we had to miss it due to our other commitments); they had the Global Select popping by; and they also hosted the ever-so-refreshing Hello Neighbor fair – amongst other dope sessions they hosted in 2020. There are a number of music platforms through which the Club brings highly skilled spinners and music curators, the Nice Nights and For Beats Sake are just but two of these. On Saturday 13, and On Sunday 14, February 2021 we pulled up at the spot to check the scene out (the DJ lineup was compelling)…and oh boi…did we not have a ball!
Check this out, it is a beautiful Saturday late afternoon – sunny but not scorchy. The weather just being dope. We get to the spot and Wan.illa NICE is on the ones – and as to be expected, tuning some world music tunes. Her lively set was an organised hyperkinetic fusion with electronic, avant-pop, experimental pop, dance pop, a bit of bubblegum bass, and hip hop. The first cut of her buzzing and vibrant set that we stumble upon is “I Want You (Kaytranada Edition)” by Common. Dope cut to walk into isn’t it…? We immediately knew that we were going to have a hella of a good time jamming. Wan.illa NICE’s convivial and musically diverse set went on to include heavy cuts such as “Kevin’s Heart” by Louis Futon, “Spectrum by GoldLink, “Coming Closer” by DUCKWRTH ft. Julia Romana & G.A.L.M., “Be Honest” by Grizzy, “Bloom” by Surfaces, “Umimonogatari” by Major Rock, “Vex Oh” by Kaytranada ft. GoldLink, Eight9fly & Ari PenSmith, “Baby Be Mine” by Michael Jackson, “Nothing Can Come Between Us (Pomo Edit)” by Sade, and “Essence” by Wizkid ft. Tems. What a soothingly mellifluous set by Wan.illa. NICE. Too nice. We will be head hunting some more of her sets for as long as she remains in the Republic. No doubt!
Right On Wan.illa NICE’s heels came another super dope spinner and music curator Teedo Love. Teedo Love wasted no time in jamming and kicked her fire emoji set off with the emphatic “Frontin'” by Pharrell ft. Jay-Z. At this point, we knew xit was about to go down and break loops junkies were going to get served majorly.
“Frontin'” was followed by equally heavy records which included “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey ft. O.D.B, “Roll Wit Me” by Boys II Men, “All About You” by 2Pac, “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child, “Son Of A Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You) (P. Diddy Remix) by Janet Jackson, “Too Close” by Next, “Dreamlover” by Mariah Carey, “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” by Busta Rhymes, “I Wish” by Skee-Lo, “Music” by Erick Sermon & Marvin Gaye, “Hate It Or Love It (G-Unit Remix)” by 50 Cent ft. The Game, Tony Yayo, Young Buck & Lloyed Banks, “That’s The Way Love Goes (Cj R&b 7″ Mix)” by Janet Jackson, “Juicy” by the B.I.G Notorious, “F**kin’ Problems” by A$AP Rocky ft Drake, 2 Chains, & Kendrick Lamar, “Whipped” by Tellaman, Shekhinah, & Nasty C, “Wild Thoughts (Rihanna Remix)” by Comanche B., “Uh Ooh (Remix)” by Lumidee ft. Busta Rhymes & Fabolous, “No Letting Go” by Wayne Wonder, “Get Busy” Sean Paul, “Pon De Replay” by Rihanna, and “Like Glue” by Sean Paul.
What a vibey and rhythmically coordinated set by Teedo – with all the hip hop, alternative, ragga, and dance hall elements. We absolutely loved this set (no pun intended) and were up on our feet the entire time. No doubt, solid set with gang xit loads of luv!
Another skilled spinner and curator Iam Paul Phiri came in and took over proceedings. It was as though he had been told to take things from where Teedo Love left them – his set was a beat heavy set that was also full of heavy cuts. Mr Phiri introduced himself to the audience with the classic “Indian Flute” by Timbaland & Magoo. This thumping opener was followed by legendary cuts such as “Pan-Am, Part 1” by Thes One, “Do it Again” by Busta Rhymes ft. Reek Da Villian & Chanel, “The Healer” by Erykah Badu, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Lauryn Hill, “MS. Fat Booty” by DJ Neil Armstrong, “Creep (Kaytranada’s Creepier Edition)” by TLC, “Cold Rock A Party (Bad Boy Remix)” by MC Lyte, “Do For Love” by 2Pac, “IT WAS MEANT 2 B” by Kaytranada, “That’s The Way Love Goes” by Janet Jackson”, “Chalkboard” by The Jazzual Suspects, “Caipirinha” by DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson, “Bam Bam” by Pliers, “Addictive” by Truth Hurts & Rakim, “Make Your Move” by Tweet, “I am Music” by Common & Jill Scott, “Go DJ” by KAYTRANADA ft. SiR, “Essence” by Wizkid ft. Tems, and “Don’t Be Ashamed” by Boom Shaka. A heavy hitting set by Paul. Dude got his rhythmic elements on lock. Word of mouth!
To shut things completely off and to set the roof of fire Wan.illa NICE returned to the decks and dropped hits such as “Upgrade U” by Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z, “I Know What You Want” by Busta Rhymes ft. Mariah Carey, “Flashing Lights” by Kanye West Ft. Dwele, and “Millionaire” by Kelis ft. André 3000. What a night (to remember) this was. We had a great musical experience at Lonely Hearts Club and, as always, enjoyed the food and the awesome company too, dope pippo.
Lonely Hearts Club was so dope we decide to return the following (Valentine’s day…get it…) for the For Beats Sake Sunday Fair. Again, the DJ lineup was quite compelling. On a late, speak-easy Sunday afternoon we rocked up the spot and stumbled upon the heavy-hitting Bilal Da Dj’s set that included lingering cuts such as “Use It” by Demae, “F.I.Y.E” by Tall Black Guy ft. Tony Ozier, “Cocktail” and “Tropics” both by Saib., “Runnin'” by B.J. Smith, “Find My Way” by Saib., “Feeling Good” by Sy Smith ft. DominiqueXavier, and killing it off via “Ke Nako” by Bokani Dyer. Bilal Da Dj is no stranger to serving sets that are for the books – we’ve reviewed a number of his sets before on this platform and once more he did not disappoint. This is one of the spinners you can always trust to deliver when called upon. Admirable set!
Iam Paul Phiri came in and served another hot set of unforgettable cuts before P-Kuttah took over proceedings to officially shut xit down with a remarkable and technically brilliant set. This dude’s technical attributes are simply incredible. His sets are a paradise for Hip hop heads – too nice on mixing and his Grand Wizzard Theodore technique is sheer flawlessness. Prepared with a mission to spread love and then shut xit down P-Kuttah’s dope set included cuts such as “Room In Here” by Anderson .Paak ft. The Game & Sonyae Elise, “Won’t You Stay” by Talib Kweli ft. Kendra Ross, “Mind Sex” by Dead Prez, “Bootup” by Mitch Geist, “Best I Ever Had” by DJ Battle & Drake, “Complexion (A Zulu Love) by Kendrick Lamar ft. Rapsody, “Brown Skin Lady” by Blackstar, “Transitional Joint” by Elzhi, “Crush On You” by Lil’ Kim, “Send Yo Rita” by Masego, “Sexual Healing” by Hot 8 Brass Band, and “Am I Wrong” by Anderson .Paak ft. ScHoolboy Q. Legendary set by P. Ain’t’ no better way of shutting a Beats x Valentine’s Day fete down than the way that he did. Word up.
We had a dope weekend hanging out at the Lonely Hearts Club and have huge respect for and appreciation of the level of serious with which they take their music. It’s all laudable, really. A huge s/o to all the spinners for bringing their A1s on the decks – we honestly enjoyed each and every set. Literally every set was hot and was delivered without any technical glitches. Every set was clean: cut transitions seamless and the sense of rhythm was on point from all the spinners and we thank them for interacting and vibing with the audience – we appreciate this greatly. The Lonely Hearts Club is a javelin, do yourself a favour and swing by when you get a moment…in fact, we urge you to make that moment. Word up!