“Here is one of the more unexpected releases of the year. Van der Spuy is the son of a South African pilot, who started out listening to the Beatles and has won a series of local awards for his delicate songs. This gentle, thoughtful set mixes quiet, sturdy melodies with low-key vocals and influences, from British folk baroque to a dash of India and reggae.
There is even a drifting, piano and viola-backed treatment of Nick Drake’s Road. Instrumental Juksei bursts with township vitality, but for the most part the mood is low-key, tuneful melancholia, with several songs paying tribute to his friend, the late Gito Baloi, a Mozambican singer who can be heard on the gentle, bluesy bonus track Mountain Wind.” – The Guardian