Violent contrasts

Van Coke Kartel's latest album, Skop, Skiet en Donner, bears testament to their versatility as local artists of an international calibre.

There has been a lot of excitement around the launch of Van Coke Kartel’s third full-length album, Skop, Skiet en Donner. The album is a more complex and mature departure from their previous work, while still managing to be distinctly Van Coke.

Skop, Skiet en Donner sees the interesting inclusion of electronica and acoustic elements and collaborations with the likes of Laudo Liebenberg (aKING), Gerald Clark (Delta Blue) and Nathan Smith (Nathan Smith Project), among others.

The cover design by Louis Minnaar could be seen as contradictory to the title of the album. With its soft shapes, curly fonts and a woman with hearts (rather than stars) in her eyes, it creates a warm and inviting feeling against the brashness and violence insinuated by the well-known Afrikaans phrase that the album borrows its title from.

Whatever your views, Skop, Skiet en Donner further cements the phenomenon that is the recent rise of Afrikaans rock music.