The Mixtape Vol. 171

Spinning records in and around Johannesburg, Mpumalanga and Pretoria, KaySoul has compiled a selection of his favourite deep house grooves for those unable to catch him live

Katleho Matseke, better known by his stage name KaySoul, is a South African House, Deep House and Electronic Music DJ and producer based in Springs, Kwa-Thema, in the East Rand of Johannesburg.

Having started his career in 2010, KaySoul's music is influenced by the likes of Fred Everything, Larry Heard and DJ Rocco to name a few. Give his mix a spin and find out more about the artist after the jump.

What's your sound story?

My sound story is about interacting with people through the music I play. My DJ sets are mixed with different genres such as Deep House, Techno, and a bit of Afro House whereby I am able to sequence them accordingly so that the crowd can understand the direction I'm taking and the mood I'm feeling. I communicate through music to accompany my feelings.

What was the first album you ever owned?

The first album that I ever owned was an LP compiled by Do It Now Recordings, a record label from South Africa titled 5 Years of Do It Now Recordings which came out in 2014. I related to the album because it had that feel of Deep House fused with different emotions and I love the sound designs on every track on this album.

How has your sound change over the years?

My sound started to change by listening to different genres of music, attending gigs to hear different sounds played by various DJs and listening to the radio every day. Friends of mine introduced me to new records and exchanging music with them helped me to be more versatile. For me, people who show you new music are important because you learn a lot about other sounds you might never have listened to otherwise.

What are the highlights of your career?

I got an opportunity to release an EP on Society 3.0 Recordings, a label based in Germany. The EP was titled The Illusions, which got a plenty of support from the likes of Vinny Da Vinci, Ralf GUM, Lars Behrenroth, DJ Rocco and DJ Christos. The records were played on The Urban Beat on Metro FM as well as on Deeper Shades of House, a radio show run by Lars Behrenroth. This year I was given an opportunity to do a remix for Hans Seance, a DJ and producer from India, and the remix was released on a Serbian label called The Purr Music. I also did a mix for Rinse FM, a radio station from France. I have a couple of releases that will come out this year and I'm looking forward to collaborating with many artists.

Describe your best set ever?

My DJ set that I really enjoyed is when I played records at an event called "Speed Bump Prosession" where people were dancing and relating to the type of music I was playing at that time. I loved the energy and support they showed me during my DJ set.

What's in this mix you made us?

The mix I did for you includes a bunch of new and old favorite records – a tasty selection of Deep House records. It features a remix I did for Hans Seance 'Elanora (KaySoul Remix)' and music by the likes of Karizma, DJ Rocco, Danvers, Manuel Tur, Josh Butler, Frits Wentink, Chicago Underground Council, Art of Tones, Roberto Rodriguez, Soledrifter, Intr0Beatz and Bobby Analog.

Where can we catch you playing?

Currently, you can catch me spinning records around Johannesburg, Mpumalanga, Midrand, Pretoria and in my hood, Kwa-Thema.


1. Claudio Giordano - 'Free Your Mind'

2. Danvers - '1997'

3. Chicago Underground Council - 'Groove Thang'

4. Art of Tones - 'Gimme Some More'

5. Danvers - 1997 (Frits Wentink Remix)

6. Bobby Analog - 'Don't Hate The Game'

7. Manuel Tur and DPlay - 'Deviate'

8. Josh Butler - 'Rabbit Hole'

9. Karizma - 'Forever Grateful' (Rocco Rodamaal Venere Mix)

10. Roberto Rodriguez - 'Everyday Magic'

11. Soledrifter - 'I Can Heal' (Intr0Beatz Remix)

12. Hans Seance - 'Elanora' (KaySoul Remix)

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