PHFAT and Mac Motel have teamed up with Cape Town director Rob Smith to launch their latest track, the nostalgic love jam Keep You Safe. The mellow music and quirky styling of the video counter PHFAT’s usual dark presence and sound, but the video’s ambiguities will run amok in viewers’ minds.
“It’s kind of an ode to all my high school crushes, you know? Like an ode to making mixtapes, and buying two tickets to a dance, and playing out whole lifetimes in your head while you daydream in maths class,” says the rapper. “There’s also an elusiveness to that high school crush and a loss of naivety that happens as a person works through it and grows up. I wanted to capture all of that.”
“I’ve been working on really smooth hip hop joints on the sly since about 2012; really just for me to listen to,” says beat maker Mac Motel, also better known for his darker work with Sedge Warbler and Dank. “I showed some of it to Mike and it was obvious that he’d been repressing some of his own inclinations to make some more mellow stuff. It was new territory for both of us sonically but it just felt like a rad match.”