SPIJØNGET

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SPIJØNGET
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Studio album by
ByLwansta
ReleasedChapter One: March 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
Chapter Two: February 28, 2020 (2020-02-28)
Chapter Three: TBR
RecordedChapter One: 2018 - 2020
GenreHip hop
LabelNORMVL
Producer
ByLwansta chronology
Your Absolutely Right EP
(2016)
SPIJØNGET
(2019)
Singles from SPIJØNGET
  1. "KICKSTAND"
    Released: March 29, 2019
  2. "THE BIKE SONG"
    Released: February 7, 2020

SPIJØNGET is the debut studio album by South African rapper, producer and graphic designer ByLwansta.[1] The album will consist of a series of three 4-track EPs, ultimately making up the 12-track studio album.[2]

Background[edit]

3 years since the release of his Your Absolutely Right EP,[3] ByLwansta went on an involuntary hiatus from releasing music, citing external pressures and anxiety as reasons that lead him to overthink his writing process,[4] leaving him unable to write and release any new music.[5] As a result, ByLwansta would shift his focus from writing to producing in 2018, and he would spend his breaks from freelance design creating beats and experimenting using FL Studio.

Chapter One[edit]

In February 2018, ByLwansta met bassist Giyani Shangase at a show in Durban. Curious about when ByLwansta was planning on playing live with a band, he suggested that they get together in the week for a rehearsal with 2 other musicians, Jaedon Daniel and Byron Thambu,[6] thus forming the band NORMVLLY Busy.[7] ByLwansta hosted a show in Cape Town with the band, as part of his NORMVL Agenda concert series,[8] his first performance in the city. During their last rehearsal before the show, ByLwansta and Jaedon began to freestyle a melody and a chorus that would become a song called "STAY NAKED", which they would immediately perform at the show hours later. The following day, the band created and recorded the song at the Red Bull Studios.

Returning to some unfinished beats on his FL Studio, ByLwansta began to work towards completing Chapter One of The SPIJØNGET Series. Chapter One was released independently in March 2019, following his move to Johannesburg earlier in the year. "KICKSTAND", the EP's third track featuring PATFROMTHESLUMS, was released with French electronic music label, Kitsune Musique as a single.[9] This would become ByLwansta's second opportunity for exposure to the European music scene after his appearance on COLORS in 2017.

Chapter Two[edit]

ByLwansta would spend the rest of 2019 touring the project in Europe and in the United States. He would unofficially begin working on Chapter Two in August, where he met German electronic music producer Robot Koch[10] to create music commissioned by Pop-Kultur Festival.[11] He would officially begin working on Chapter Two in October, after having "lived Chapter Two first before writing about it - and reflecting on it in the music".

ByLwansta announced that he was done recording for Chapter Two on the 18th of December via his Instagram, and soon began to roll out some of the project's visuals, namely a picture of two African Lilies on a black background, following it with various photos of gardens and bushes of the African Lily. He eventually revealed the EP's cover art on the 24th of January [12] . A week later he revealed the first single would be his collaboration with Robot Koch, on a song titled "THE BIKE SONG".[13]

Title and Concept[edit]

The title is a term coined ByLwansta, an acronym for Stop Postponing Ideas & Joylessly Øverthinking Newly-Generated Expressions & Thoughts, it's synonymous with "fuck it, just do it" ,[14]

Inspired by his creative block and his inability to get past his overthinking, the term appeared in his mind as a response to a question he was asked by his girlfriend about an episode of Avatar: Legend of Korra they were watching together, responding simply with "SPIJØNGET".[5].

ByLwansta would go on to apply this new found rationale to his music, returning to four of the most complete song ideas that he had initially dismissed, hoping to finally part with them as what he would ultimately dub as phase one or chapter one of the SPIJØNGET.

SPIJØNGET CHAPTER ONE Cover Art
SPIJØNGET: Chapter One Cover Art

Tracklisting[edit]

Chapter One
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."STAY NAKED" (featuring NORMVLLY Busy)Lwandile Nkanyuza
  • Jaedon Daniel
  • Giyani Shangase
  • Byron Thambu
4:02
2."IT'S LATE"Nkanyuza4:56
3."KICKSTAND" (featuring PATFROMTHESLUMS)NkanyuzaByLwansta3:53
4."THE HOMIE" (featuring Kimosabe)NkanyuzaByLwansta, Kimosabe5:36
Total length:17:47
Chapter Two
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."HOW 'BOUT NOW?" (featuring Lungelo Manzi)Nkanyuza, DlaminiByLwansta4:14
2."NIGHTCRAWLERZ" (featuring Kimosabe)Nkanyuza, Nkanyuza
  • ByLwansta
  • Sakhumzi Mngomeni
4:08
3."THE BIKE SONG" (featuring Robot Koch)NkanyuzaRobot Koch3:01
4."OKAY, FINE" (featuring ZULO & Solo Ntsizwa Ka Mthimkhulu)Nkanyuza, Langa
  • ByLwansta
  • Jaedon Daniel
3:34
Total length:14:57

Notes:

  • "STAY NAKED" features additional vocals from Sanele Balintaba

Sample Credits:

  • "STAY NAKED" contains a dialogue from Episode 9: My Two Favorite People from Adventure Time[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fresh Music Friday – Week 6 | The plug". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  2. ^ Staff, HYPE (2019-03-18). "ByLwansta's 'SPIJONGET' Debut Album (Chapter One) Dropping Next Week". Hype Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  3. ^ Staff, HYPE (2019-03-29). "ByLwansta Drops New 'SpijØnget: Chapter One' EP". Hype Magazine. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  4. ^ "ByLwansta's New Must-Listen EP 'SPIJØNGET Chapter One' Sounds Like Happiness". OkayAfrica. 2019-03-29. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  5. ^ a b "STREAM: The Sobering Podcast feat. ByLwansta (S03E01) [Audio]". KOOLOUT. 2019-02-04. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  6. ^ "Video | ByLwansta at Zakifo – Move Hip Hop". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  7. ^ a b Mandisa Ntsinde (2019-04-01). "ICYMI: ByLwansta Drops His Debut Album, The SPIJØNGET Series". Online Youth Magazine | Zkhiphani.com. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  8. ^ "Watch: ByLwansta Takes To Cape Town On This #NORMVLAgenda Documentary". www.slikouronlife.co.za. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  9. ^ Kitsuné, Maison. "ByLwansta". Maison Kitsuné. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  10. ^ "Goethe Talent Residency: ByLwansta & Robot Koch at Pop-Kultur 2019". Pop Kultur. Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  11. ^ "ByLwansta is headed back to Europe for a month-long residency in Berlin". Texx and the City. 2019-06-26. Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  12. ^ "ByLwansta drops release date and cover art for SPIJØNGET Chapter II and the man's becoming a master of the build up". Texx and the City. 2020-01-29. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  13. ^ "ByLwansta Recounts a Robbery in New Single 'The Bike Song' from Upcoming EP SPIJØNGET (Chapter Two)". OkayAfrica. 2020-02-10. Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  14. ^ "Part One Of ByLwansta's "Spijonget" Series Is Here". www.slikouronlife.co.za. Retrieved 2019-04-02.