Before the release of her EP For Madeleine last month, Seinabo Sey gave us this acoustic cover of Clean Bandit’s 90s-inspired electro hit Rather Be featuring Jess Glynne. Her version of the song bears almost no resemblance to the buoyant original. Even without the piano and the monochromatic visuals, her smoky, smouldering vocals create a mellower, more sombre song. She truly made the song her own.
M.anifest just released the video for his single No Shortcut to Heaven, the fourth single from his EP Apae: The Price of Free. You might have noticed that it was a favourite on his Apae Taxi Diaries. Or not. It was produced by G Mo and features another Ghanaian music titan Obrafour. M.anifest’s team have gone all out for the video. In a narrative that seems to tie in with […]
Back like you never heard before, the drama soul queen Temi Dollface part raps and part sings on this Just Like That (Story) - the first single off her forth-coming EP. Listen to and download the track below she composed, arranged and and co-produced with producer Jo Pee.
Black Swan was the first single Well$ released from his critically acclaimed MTSYD: The Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher. However, it was during the WeekofWell$ that he released the official video for the song. During the WeekofWell$, which began on his birthday, the Charlotte-based rapper released several new singles among them Stella ’95, ’98 Juvie and Fight. The Black Swan video was directed by Jay Sprogell and the song […]
2014 has been good to Davido – as far as music awards are concerned. He has been collecting awards from the plethora of award ceremonies throughout the year. After being branded Best International Act Africa by BET, he has collected trophies from the MTV MAMAs (Best Male and Artist of the Year) and AFRIMMA (Best Male West Africa and Artist of the year). He also leads nominations at this year’s […]
As his new film No Good Deed with Taraji P. Henson surprises critics by taking over the box office this week, Long Walk to Freedom star and Hollywood heartthrob, Idris Elba, has given us yet another surprise. The actor who is also a DJ from time to time has joined Ghanaian hip-life artists VVIP and Man of the Year Phyno on the Selfie remix of VVIPs Get in Da Picture. […]
In the lead up to the release of her upcoming album Hey Hey in September, Liberian-Swedish singer Mapei has shared two musical pieces to whet our appetites until then. First she shares the Shift K3Y remix of her song Change, a song for which she shared this sentimental and rather cool lyric video not too long ago. It might be described as the sensual house version of Change and it […]
To many, Nigerian rapper M.I’s ascent in music was interrupted by a deafening silence over the last couple of years. The rapper was christened Nigeria’s Hip Hop Messiah after releasing a few critically acclaimed projects such as Talk About It, MI2 and Illegal Music. But then, to the audience’s dismay, M.I. unceremoniously walked off stage. Indeed, he has evaded the spotlight for quite some time, preferring instead to produce music for […]
Kelela adds to her growing oeuvre with the release of OICU which was produced by P. Morris and features Le1f. The single comes as we await Kelela’s full-length album later this year. The seductive tune – which could be mistakenly cataloged as a sensual binaural beat – starts off floating on a dreamscape but the moony ambience is interrupted by a tripping bass that continues to pulsate or rather syncopate […]
The second video off Okmalumkoolkat’s 4-track Holy Oxygen I EP produced by LuckyMe signing Cid Rim and Affine labelmate The Clonious. This collaboration came to life during the Viennese producers’ South African tour with stops in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The video for Allblackblackkat was directed by Chris Saunders who will celebrate the premiere of the SA-NYC fashion/photography exhibition NOT x Chris Saunders in early September.
Fantasma have shared the first song from their forthcoming Eye of the Sun EP set for release 3rd November via Soundway Records. Premiered via The Quietus, Sefty Belt features the mesmerizing vocals of guest artist JOSIAHWISE IS THE SERPENTWITHFEET. Fantasma, the latest project of South African innovator and creative pioneer Spoek Mathambo, is a five-man collective which weaves together electronica, hip-hop, traditional Zulu maskandi music, shangaan electro, South African house, psych-rock and punk […]
Kwabs has made a dramatic return with his new single, “Walk,” a dark, theatrical song with an arresting piano – it might be the theme song of a trailer for an epic like 300 or Game of Thrones. With his signature baritone, he sings about being in a situation where knows it would be detrimental for him to stay. He wants to evade his decline and he knows what he […]
Directed by Jay Sprogell (Complex, Fader, Spin, Vibe), Power-Ups is the first video from upstate NY producer + rapper Sammus’ latest kickstarter-backed EP, Another M (June 2014). Armed with Sprogell’s characteristically stunning visuals, the video finds Sammus doing some slick space age shit talk over a self-produced soundbed of classic southern trap blended with her signature expansive 8 bit synth sound, all while stuntin’ on a stoop rocking an anything-but-typical accessory in this tribute to Metroid.
After announcing the release of his forthcoming LP Otherness with this fairly abstract clip, Kindness has also shared the first single off that album. World Restart, which you can stream here, is an electro-soul jam led by a prominent horns section and the soft and gentle singing of Ade Omotayo and Kelela. The percussive elements are reminiscent of Earth, Wind and Fire but there is a hint of 90s R&B […]
MNEK has released the video for his 90s R&B/house-inspired single, “Wrote A Song About You,” which is his first official release from his upcoming album on Virgin/EMI. The song premiered on Annie Mac’s radio show on BBC 1 in mid-June and has already inspired several offshoots, most notably, the Kaytranada edition, the Clutch Remix, a deep and smooth Leo Kalyan rejig, another by Shift K3Y and more recently, a remix […]