PHFAT and Mikhaela Faye launch ‘The Whip’

PHFAT_ Michael x Mikhaela-By Jono

Mikhaela and PHFAT. Photo by Jono

SHOWING no intentions to slow down, PHFAT has released a brand new single, The Whip, a song which is both a classic PHFAT thumper and a completely new sonic adventure for musician who worked with the relatively unknown jazz musician, Mikhaela Faye.

As with past releases the track is available for free download from and As a minor update to the old model, the track will also be available for purchase from most major online stores soon.

The Whip, kicks off with in classic PHFAT style, with a heavy layered bassline and a vocally dense rap chorus describing what seams to be a car chase scene. Halfway through, however, the track suddenly explodes into completely new territory and we are introduced to otherworldy ethereal textures as well as the striking voice of Mikhaela Faye, speaking in first person to a wayword lover.

We discover the extent of both her vocal range, her sincerity, and her proficiency on the keyboard before we are snapped back into a chorusing of both the artists voices as the track winds into it’s melancholy ending.

“Working with Mikhaela was quite unique,” says Smooth Mike of the collaboration, “she’s an incredible musician technically, but more impressive to me in this instance was her willingness to see ideas through.

“Almost a dedication to creating the best song she could, even if she knew that being open would mean walking down a couple of fruitless paths and a fair amount of exhaustive discussion. That type of dedication is rare and I think travelling this road together meant that we both learnt a lot. Also, her voice is gimoungous.”

Smooth Mike plans to keep the momentum going and to “play a million rap shows and write a bunch of new music. There is still so much I want to do with music and live performance. Developing the live show and a new release are very much my priority right now.”

The live show will morph slowly as fresh material is created. “I’ve always been obsessed with the live set and growing it goes through slow organic growth phases and revolutionary phases. People can expect a bit of both. The last half of 2016 is looking incredibly exciting,” he said.

Luc Veermeer, aka Desert_Head, and one half of Christian Tiger School, will be taking over behind the decks on stage as well as working with Mike on growing and developing the live show.

Catch PHFAT on the remaining shows of The Whip Tour:

  • Friday, May 20 at 10 pm – Mystic Boer, 72 James Moroka, Potchefstroom. Tickets at the venue.
  • Saturday, May 21 at 10 pm – Mystic Boer, 84 Kellner Street, Bloemfontein, Free State. Tickets at the venue.
  • Saturday, May 28 at 9 pm – PHFAT & Stilo Magolide at The Assembly, 61 Harrington Street, Cape Town.

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