Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ultra South Africa 2016 - Final line up!


The final line up for Ultra South Africa 2016 has been released and it includes some big heavy weights of the industry. Many of the artist that have been announced in phase 2 have already visited SA and played at previous Ultra festivals, so people who missed out before can revel in their presence. 

The festival which takes place in South Africa form the 26th of February till the 28th next year in two of the major cities. Cape Town will play host to the two day event at the Ostrich Farm on the 27th and 28th and Johannesburg, at Nasrec Expo center from the 26th to the 27th of February. 

Some were disappointed with the line up, including myself but one has go to understand that planning an event like this, getting artist to confirm to travel to another end of the world for a few days isn't easy. So I applaud the organisers for securing big names like these and obviously the sets aren't going to be the same as the previous ones. 

Afrojack, Tiesto and Carnage join Skrillex, Zedd, Dash Berlin and Robin Schulz to headline this awesome line up for the 2016 event. Amongst them will be a host of local talent that will keep the crowd entertained during the day on the various stages. Dean Fuel, Euphonik, Goldfish, TimoODV, Pascal & Peace just to name a few. 

Tickets are on sale via the website,, for more information on camping venues for the Cape Town festival and other info you may need to know, follow the various social media streams on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Choon: Axwell Ingrosso - This time

For those who attended Ultra South Africa earlier this year, you would know this song very well. Even though it took a while for the team to set up the stage for these two Swedish producers, it was well worth it in the end. Axwell and Ingrosso killed it and even I had my doubts about them closing the show but I had to eat humble pie and accept that the organisers knew what they were doing when they had them close off an memorable day. Their track "This Time" has been out for a while but it's received a fresh mix from the two and some lyrics from Pusha-T, and the end result is fantastic.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Bucket Seat: BMW Compact Sedan Concept

Literally a few hours ago BMW has unveiled to the world their new Compact Sedan Concept, which is due to fall under the 1 Series range when launched as a production car. It's an interesting design and one which I quite like, and will be direct competition to the likes of Merc's CLA and Audi's A3 Sedan.

When we first saw pics of it on test, I wondered why the car would be badge as a 1 Series and not the 2 seeing that the coupe but perhaps BMW have a 2 Series Gran Coupe planned? Or maybe that's wishful thinking on my part. 

Being a concept, I'm not sure how much of the actual cars elements will be cut for production. I quite like the interior, lots of feature lighting in the cabin, highlighting the lines and flow of the dash, also it seems like a new configuration to the sunroof cluster above the head. 

Those seats are next level, we've seen it on many of the previous concepts but they never made production. Very futuristic and something I'd like to see in the future. 

Overall, this car has the potential to put a dent in sales to its competitors and I'll be keen to see what the engine line up offering will be on this as well. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Durban Beach Festival 2015

In it's 4th year running, the annual Durban Beach Fest is back for 2015, last week during an intimate briefing, organisers have confirmed that this years festival is a go and promised to have a star studded line up for the event. This years ultimate summer celebration will be taking place at the Sunkist Beach, Durban on Saturday the 28th of November 2015.

Durban Beach Festival which is powered by Gagasi FM and Hunters is the place to be, with over 3000 people expected to attend and some of South Africa's hottest talent on offer, it's definitely one not to be missed. Organisers have pulled out all the stops to ensure that the festival will  have a safe party environment, superb hospitality and entertainment. 

"Now in its fourth consecutive year, the annual Beach Festival has seen great success over the past three years and we look forward to another amazing festival. This year together with the event organisers, we went bigger and better to usher in December in true Durban style. With over 30 talented artists from across the country, we at Gagasi are once again proud to be behind such a popular initiative, further encouraging local tourism in the province, Woza Durban!" - Khulelani Shandu (Gagasi FM)

The line-up includes:

HIP HOP - AKA, DaLES, Dreamteam and Yanga

DANCE - DJ Tira, Zakes Bantwini, Proffesor, DJ Cndo, DJ Zinhle and Bongz

GAGASI - King Sifiso, DJ Vumar, Junior Da Rocka, DJ Mario, DJ Sonic and DJ Le Soul

NEW SCHOOL - Aewonwolf, Shekinah, Breeze and NastyC

LOCAL - DJ Feel, Benny Maverick, JnrB, Meech, Og, Touch of Soul and Nag

MC's - Mzokoloko, Nomalanga, Thandolwethu, Kini Shandu, Khaya Dlala and Thedeka Zulu(Uzalo)

There are still more artists to be announced with some big names due to be released so stay tuned for more closer to the event! Tickets are available at Computicket, with general tickets at R120 and VIP selling for R350. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday Choon: HI-LO - Renegade Mastah

Who is HI-LO? When the first track of his "Crank it up" was released in June this year, it drew quite a following as it was a great track but no one had heard of this guy before. Turns out HI-LO is an alias used by an already big up and coming name in the dance music genre and with it, he decided to launch his new record label "Heldeep" on which he will release all his music. Well, the question you must be asking still, is who is he? He is none other that Dutch Deep house genius Oliver Heldens! This kid can do no wrong it seems, his HI-LO alias is to produce high bass, fast paced Deep House music. This week's track is HI-LO's new one, "Renegade Mastah", it may sound familiar to you as it was used in the UMF Miami Aftermovie. It's a great track and quite a catchy one, and you got to give it up to Oliver, many of the new young EDM producers on the scene tend to head down the high techo sounds but he's sticking to what he loves and doing great with it, hopefully we'll see him again next year at Ultra South Africa. 


Friday, November 13, 2015

Tomorrowland Movie

Every year I always joke about the length of the Tomorrowland aftermovie, I mean I can handle a 15 minute short video but these guys take it to the extreme and push it beyond 30 minutes. There only so much you can handle watching but this year, they've out done themselves, they went and made an actual movie! No idea how long it is but it will be available for download on the 1st of December this year. The trailer has been released (it's just over 2 minutes, phew) and it looks quite good. I say all this now but I'll probably end up watching the movie, it really is unique festival and one I'd like to attend but damn guys, a movie?!


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bucket Seat: BMW 320i Face-lift

I've driven many of the previous 3 series from BMW, they're all great cars and they had to be seeing that this segment for them would be the most sort after for prospective buyers. It's no wonder that this is there highest selling model and locally their plant in Rosslyn producing the one millionth car to roll off their production, that alone stands testament to what a great product the German manufacturer has and the trust the clients have in them. 

Not long ago I attended the launch of the face-lift range, and although it was noted that cosmetic changes were not easily identifiable to the previous model, the major change was with the engines, with the entire line up receiving new power plants except for the 330d. The new engines sees a new naming configuration for some of the high end models, with the 328i and 335i falling away and re-badged as the 330i and 340i respectively.

This past week I've been driving around in the new 320i, like I said, I've driven many of the previous ones and while they were great, I never felt the need to own one. This one however has changed that for me, since the moment it rolled into my driveway, it was like love at first sight. 

At first glance, there isn't much difference to separate the 3 Series face-lift to the original F30 model but upon closer inspection there is quite a bit that is different. BMW focused on subtle changes to an already good looking vehicle. The most noticeable differences is the lights, both front and rear lights have been changed, with the front day time running lights shape more square and has a horizontal finish to line up with the new, wider trademark BMW kidney grille. The rear lights have the new LED flowing line finish which is quite a sight at night. Also with the new engine being smaller, the hood of the car drops much lower than the previous model as it reaches the front and then finished flush onto the revised front bumper.

There is also a new selection of rims to choose from, many of which have a two tone, aluminium and dark carbon combination, which really enhances the sporty look to the car.

On the interior, again not much has changed. New options for consumers include a two tone colour scheme, allowing for a nice break in colour in the car. New aircon display and buttons, mood lighting available in Sport and Classic that illuminate the doors and center console. The full leather steering wheel features red stitching on the Sport models. There is also a new selection of wood finishes for the interior, elevating the luxury look of the cabin.

It's hard to say they've improved on the comfort of the car as the previous one was really comfortable as well but generally this car is more spacious and the ride quality is almost immaculate. The new aircon isn't just a fancy new screen and buttons either, the climate control has been upgraded with much more effective temperature settings that adjust to climate throughout the day. It was put to the test during this past week with Durban's climate being all over the place, from Summer in the morning to Winter at night. The heated seats for the driver and front passenger also helped in this respect. 

While power figures might be similar, the new engine sure makes a big difference though, firstly it is much more quieter than the previous engine even at high revs. It feels more responsive with less of that turbo lag we got used to in the previous model. The 4 cylinder, 2.0l petrol engine is a product of BMW's efficiency dynamics stable with TwinPower Turbo and Vavletronic fully variable valve control, including Double-VANOS variable camshaft control and High Precision Injection. All this enables the engine to operate with an optimal power-efficiency factor  and thus reducing consumption. With this Eco Pro mode has also received some tweaking with lower revs and smoother drive for cruising around the suburbs. Handling on the car remains brilliant like before, keeping up with the tag line, sheer driving pleasure.

The boot remains the same size, more than adequate to store groceries or large loads for long road trips. The rear passenger seats also fold down should there be a long item that needs to be stored. There is also BMW's storage extra if need be with extra compartments underneath the boot floor and hold down nets for items you don't want sliding around in the boot while driving.

This car was loaded with a few of BMW's extras, lighting package, camera package, automatic windscreen wipers, heated seats, the full satellite navigation package with the large display, Harman Kardon high-fi sound package, BMW LED light package, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, front PDC's and glass sunroof. It is a mouthful, especially for a car like this and many ask me if they're really worth having. 

I try to make use of every extra that's in the car and each one serves it's purpose. the 5 cameras may seem excessive but help tremendously when parking or navigating through tight spaces. The light package may make the car look pretty at night but also serve to illuminate not only the door handle but the floor below it. 

It is BMW's best seller and after driving it I can see why, it does everything right and looks the part as well. With the new options available, customizing your ideal 3 Series can be fun as they have some great selections. I can honestly see myself driving this car, even though prior to this my head was set on the 4 series Grand Coupe but it seems like the old lady came back to claim my heart, what a way to celebrate 40 years of 3 Series with such a magnificent car.


  • 2 litre, 4 cylinder TwinPower Turbo
  • 8 Speed Sports Automatic Transmission Steptronic with gearshift paddles.
  • 135kW
  • 290Nm torque
  • Consumption: 5.5ltr/ 100km
  • Top Speed: 235kph
  • 0-100kph: 7.2 seconds 
  • Price: R486 600 (excluding extras)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Monday Choon: Tiesto & Oliver Heldens - Wombass

It was always going to happen, it was more of a matter of when rather than if, Oliver Heldens is fast becoming one of the more sort out DJ's  in the world and his style of music with deep house and techno is a breath of fresh air compared to the more standard EDM we've been used to over the years. Hence when I heard Tiesto was colaborating with him for a song, I couldn't wait to hear it. It made its debut at the Amsterdam Music Festival where Tijs and Oliver played it for the first time and saw Oliver teach Tiesto how to shuffle. The track was officially launched on Friday last week and expect it to go number one on beatport pretty soon. 


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Uber i8

After Uber gave rides in Cape Town and Johannesburg for a select lucky Uber users in a Mclaren 650S, the guys at Uber SA didn't want to leave Durban out on the action, hence they teamed up with the guys at BMW Supertech to bring Durbanites a once in a lifetime chance to request an i8 as your Uber car!

Yes, on Friday the 6th of November, users of Uber in Durban can request to be picked up in the future of mobility, the futuristic i8 between 10am and 4pm. Having driven one, I can say even if you are a passenger in this phenominal car, it is an experience of note. 

How does it work? If you have the Uber app and your are registered, simply open the app at, toggle over BMW Supertech logo and request the i8 like you would a normal Uber, if you're fast enough, the i8 could be on it's way to pick you up! There is only one car on the road tomorrow so demand will be high, so remember to be quick on the draw!

Don't have Uber? Not a problem, simply download thea app, register using the promo code available and you're good to go.

Lucky users who request the car mustt note that rides are limited to 5km, only one trip is allowed per person and the BMW i8 only seats one person. For more info, read their blog.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A night with Singleton

When it comes to drinks, I always prefer to opt for a whisky, why? Well unlike beer, it's doesn't make me full or bloated and theres always a story to tell in any whisky you have. Growing  up we've come accustom to calling whiskies "Scotch" as many preferred the Scottish variants but slowly the Irish, Japanese and even Taiwanese distillers got into the act and in SA right now, we have access to a variety of whiskies from around  the world. A newish brand to our shores is Singleton, a brand that's here to re-establish the Scottish Scotch.

Last week I was invited to an evening of whisky tasting with Singleton, the venue, Durban's  hidden gem, the  Chariman Jazz Lounge in Point Road. If you haven't been before, the decor is very rustic and indicative of a time past by, a typical jazz lounge with low lighting, lots of antiques and a theme straight  out of Dick Tracy, all that's missing is the Piano and Jessica Rabbit sitting on top of it singing in her sultry voice. 

Back to the reason I was there, Singleton were hosting  a night to introduce themselves to the market, whilst their 12 year old Single Malt of Dufftown was available in SA for about a year now, and has been doing rather well, the brand felt there was a need to protrude the market as they felt their whisky deserves more attention that it's getting. And I tend to agree with them, it's priced well and the 12 year old is a brilliant single malt, with it's golden colour, naturally balanced and exceptionally smooth texture. A great addition to any ones whisky collection. 

On the night though Singleton introduced a new addition to their collection, joining the 12 year old single malt from Dufftown was the Tailfire. An interesting addition, I ordered a double with  couple blocks of ice before I could head into the tasting, it was very smooth on the palate, nice texture, not as heavy as the 12 year old, a very easy drinking whisky but there was just something about it that  made it seem different. As we found out later in the tasting, the Tailfire has no age distinction, its less that 12 years old but more than 3 years old in maturity.

With its unique distilling process, it makes the whisky perfect for mixing, now I'm not a fond of whisky in cocktails but the two that were on offer that night may have changed my mind on this. I can't  recall what they were but both refreshing and provdided different accents to the whisky, enhancing flavours you wouldn't normally taste if drinking it neat or with some water. 

At the tasting we were asked to pick up the various tastes and flavours of the whisky, it's  not that easy for the untraind tongue but our host Greg Willmore laid out some items to enhance our senses for us to pick up the flavours blended in, for the sweet caramel we melted sugar onto an apple, the smell of treacle helped in this aspect, the next was a light strawberry chocolate which accentuated the cocoa flavours in the whisky. 

The night had some activities in store for guest with  mock casino in place where you were handed funny money for every drink you ordered and were able to gamble  it on the tables. The  person with the  most amount of funny money won themselves a nice hamper from Singleton, unfortunately it just wasn't my night. 

Overall it was  a great experience, sampling what Singleton have to offer, it's a unique whisky in its own right and a must have for the bar at home, I've already added the 12 year old Single Malt Dufftown to mine.