South Africa's sludge 'n' roll wizards RUFF MAJIK have unleashed "All You Need Is Speed," the first single from their upcoming full-length The Devil's Cattle, set for release later this year via Mongrel Records. The track is a high octane, riff fuelled, round-house kick to the head. The video is visually captivating with unique illustrations by local artist Llewellyn Van Eeden and includes an array
of occult, Norse mythology, Americana, and Africana imagery. RUFF MAJIK are pioneers in every way and are set to bring a distinct flavor to the new world.
When asked to comment on the inspiration behind the track, vocalist and guitarist Johni Holiday laughed, "Sometimes you just want to drive really fast and get wasted on the cheap stuff."
"All You Need Is Speed" captures that feeling perfectly.
"All You Need Is Speed" is available now on all digital platforms HERE .
RUFF MAJIK was originally formed in 2012 when the band moved from Lydenburg to the realm of Pretoria. They entered the city as a three piece (Holiday with bassist/guitarist Jimmy Glass, and drummer Benni Manchino) with no real experience in the scene, but a certain drive and ambition that only gods could counter. After three years of adjusting and playing a handful of shows, the band finally released some music.
2015 saw the release of The Bear, an EP roughly inspired by the DIY ethos of black metal recording techniques. Recorded with two mics in a garage which ultimately explains its grit and distortion, The Bear earned the band some recognition. The following year RUFF MAJIK released The Fox which ultimately led to more shows, a spot within the then newly established South African doom/stoner scene, and a few small touring opportunities. 2016 was also the year of the track "Wax Wizard," a crowd pleasure to this day.
The Swan stuck its neck out in 2017 followed by Seasons, the record that earned the band international recognition. Freak Valley Festival reached out to the band which led to a German/Austrian tour with The Devil And The Almighty Blues in early 2018. Later that year, RUFF MAJIK played Sonic Blast Moledo in Portugal. The band composed Tǻrn shortly after their return. Recorded in October of 2018 and released through Lay Bare Recordings (Netherlands), the album was followed by a lengthy European tour which included appearances at such illustrious festivals as Smoke Over Warsaw
(Poland), Rock In Bourlon (France), Bevrijdigings and Sonic Whip (Netherlands), Desertfest (Belgium), and Keep It Low (Grrmany), as well as shared stages with the likes of Black Pyramid, Sleep, EyeHateGod, All Them Witches, and many others.
RUFF MAJIK is currently signed to Mongrel Records, an imprint of Just Music, and will be releasing a new album later this year. Recorded in 2019, the album is equal parts Johni Holiday and new member Evert Snyman.
Johni Holliday - guitar, vocals
Cowboy Van - guitar, bass, backing vocals, keys, harmonica
Jimmy Glass - bass, guitar
Evert Snyman - guitar, vocals, keys, percussion
Benni Manchino - drums, percussion