MK Hoordosis’ latest compilation album has just hit the shelves, and has once again succeeded in showcasing South Africa’s finest.

The album starts off with some zef: Jack Parow and Die Antwoord contribute the first two tracks. This will please fans, but if you’re not into that, at least you can have a giggle and move on. The subsequent tracks can be taken a bit more seriously, with some Locnville (once again, if you’re into that), followed by Die Heuwels Fantasties.

Contrary to popular belief, this album is not only for the Afrikaans kids. Although many of the songs featured are in Afrikaans, this is a far cry from Kurt Darren. So if the ongoing Afrikaans rock revolution is a bit much for sensitive “soutie” ears, The Parlotones and Zebra and Giraffe also make an appearance.

The best thing about this album is its variety; it really does feature something for everyone. Many of SA’s top acts are included, from Van Coke Kartel to CrashCarBurn. The highlights of the album are unquestionably “4hoekige 3kant” by Alleen Na Desember (think Metro Station with a bit more bite) and Wrestlerish’s “Oliver Tambourine” which winds down the album with a more acoustic vibe.

And just when you think it’s all over, MK has kindly thought to include a bonus DVD. It features all the music videos of the songs on the album, plus the MK Awards. Most of the videos are worth watching, some because they’re awesome (such as Goldfish’s “Fort Knox”, and The Parlotones’ “Push Me to the Floor”) and the rest because they’re just … well, weird.

So all in all, Hoordosis 5 is a well thought-out compilation that includes a bit of the best of all that is good on the local music scene. Definitely worth a listen.

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