Highlife, sure, but I challenge you to find a more danceable album from 1980s South Africa and environs. Fast bass lines, droning accordion chords, consistent chanting choruses, punchy drums; it verges on straight funk. For some history on Puseletso Seema & Tau Ea Linare themselves, I encourage you to head over to Allmusic (otherwise, unfortunately, not a site to be frequented these days)
As it was released on Globe Style we can assume this is a studio recording. I’m as big a fan of the Sublime Frequencies-style of recording in situ as the next girl or guy, but the bass guitar on some of these tracks has me actually trimming the low filter – this response is something completely foreign to most Highlife (for that matter pre-1990s African) albums. Only adding to its contemporary pop sensibilities are the fast BPM – 118 up to 155, occasionally swinging in half-step, often throbbing at full speed.
Sure, it is good for casual listening, but you will have absolutely no issue mixing it seamlessly with modern garage, disco, deep house, dub techno or two-step. How often do you get to play an album from a series entitled “Accordions That Shook The World” in your DJ sets?