Listen: Mapei's 'Change' (Remix) and Her New Single, 'Believe'

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 […]

 

 
 
 

Listen + Download: M.I Abaga's "King James"

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 […]

 

Listen: Kelela "OICU feat. Le1f

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 […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Okmalumkoolkat's Chris Saunders-Directed New Video

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.

 

Spoek Mathambo’s Fantasma Share Track from Forthcoming 'Eye of the Sun EP'

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 […]

 

Listen: Kwabs' New Single "Walk," Download 2-Track EP

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 […]

 

 
 
 

Watch 'Power-Ups', The New Video From Sammus

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.

 

Listen: Kelela and Ade Omotayo Feature on Kindness’ 'World Restart'

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 Releases 'Wrote a Song About You' Video + 'In Your Clouds' (audio)

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 […]

 

Get to Know: South African Soul Singer Ayanda Jiya

Sounds like: the voice people struggled to hear over the chorus of those condemning South African R&B/soul to a premature death (side-eyes SAMA committee). The low-down: Ayanda Jiya is a young soulstress (with dimples) from a relatively unknown town called Klerksdorp in South Africa’s North West province. Over the last few years, she and her label TinismDotC0m have been gradually and precociously shaping the soulstress’ sound and her overall career. […]

 

 
 
 

Watch Flavour's 'I'm For Real'

We first heard Flavour’s I’m For Real a few days before Valentine’s weekend. The release was either serendipitous or purposeful because as he explained then, he wanted to create a song that his fans could “celebrate love with”. Wanting to convey raw, uninhibited emotion, I’m For Real does not have the usual bells and whistles that are often a feature of Flavour’s highlife music. It is perhaps the clearest recording […]

 

 
 
 

Jazz and Soul Artist Kellylee Evans Covers Stromae’s 'Alors on Danse'

Yet another artist has been inspired by Stromae’s melancholic but beguiling music. Canadian jazz and soul artist Kellylee Evans made an English version of the Belgian artist’s dance hit Alors On Danse for her fourth album I Remember When. And So We Dance is just one of the many covers she has done for that album where she appears as the bandleader. It was released on Canadian iTunes in February […]

 

 
 
 

Watch IBK Spaceshipboi's Enterprising Proposal to His Girl in 'Loving You'

IBK Spaceshipboi, one of the more ‘quirky’ Nigerian artists in the business, has released the video to his single Loving You which comes off his album I Come in Peace. The song samples old school video game sounds and features the piano that is nearly ubiquitous in his music. In Loving You he professes his love to his partner and also promises to cross the seven seas for her, even […]

 

 
 
 

Watch HHP and M.anifest's 'Jigah'

Hip hop heavyweights HHP and M.anifest released their collaborative effort, Jigah, in May of this year. Jigah is a reminder of sorts to “every George of the jungle [who] wants to be Simba”, that while HHP and M.anifest are kings in their own right, together they are indomitable. Their declarations are punctuated with the refrain “chale me si me jigah” which is Twi for “I’m fired up” or “I’m amped […]

 

 
 
 

Watch 'Rise', Kenyan Singer Mayonde's New Video

Finally got the full-length version of this inspirational video by the beautiful Kenyan singer and actress Mayonde (who happens to be married to Mbithi Masya from one of our faves, Just A Band). Like it? More of what she’s got is up on Soundcloud.