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John Wizards: John Wizards
Buy! - (Planet Mu)
One of the most unique debuts of the year, the first full-length offering from this South African group currently based in Cape Town is an excellent, assured blend of vibrant, eclectic, beat-driven worldly pop with adventurous, electronic-enhanced production, charming melodies, bilingual vocals, ringing highlife guitar lines, and consistently thrilling ideas. Reminiscent at times of Vampire Weekend (as well as VW member Rostam Batmanglij's side project Discovery), The Very Best, Fool's Gold, and Young Fathers, John Wizards provide the most unique, pop-oriented material in Planet Mu's revered catalogue in addition to being one of the breakout acts of 2013. 6/21/2013 - Alex