The album kicks off in Afrikaans, with a high energy rock cover of “Energie” by Johannes Kerkorrel, followed by an equally fast-paced cover of “Help!” by The Beatles. James Brown’s “I got you (I feel good)” is next, but the aggressive electric guitar riffs struggle to do justice to the intricacies of the original song. The last song, a cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Born to die”, is the group’s first attempt at interpreting the sound of pop music and resonates strongly with some of the gentler songs from Francois Van Coke’s recent solo album.

These covers are a potentially controversial move for the band, and the EP’s reception will likely be mixed and dependent on their fans’ familiarity with the original songs. One thing is for sure, however: Energie is not simply a regurgitation of old songs. The album stands as a thorough reinterpretation of the original songs with the Van Coke Kartel sound firmly in place, making every track primed for live performance.

Rating 3/5


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