Posts Tagged ‘afrobeat’

July 18, 2017

Are you ready for a sonic safari? Because that’s exactly what we’re embarking on as we delve into this dazzling new tune from Flamingo Jones. Whatever island the Melbourne producer is evincing on The Island Does Crazy Things, I feel like I’m right there with him as I listen to this wild bonanza of lush psychedelic and tropical splendor. Nick Bond, the mind behind Flamingo Jones, tagged his experimental electronic masterpiece “nature beat” on Soundcloud, and he utilized a wide array of instruments to craft the worldly piece. The Island Does Crazy Things quickly brings to mind Animal Collective, with a touch of Baio and a sliver of Al Bairre. It’s a prime cut for those who really want an evocative jungle escapade. The Island Does Crazy Things is the second single from Flamingo Jones’ sophomore EP, expected to arrive later this year. You can purchase the song from Bandcamp, here.

July 1, 2017

Magically charmed I am by Sudan Archives and this 23 year old singer songwriter, violinist, and producer’s recent single Come Meh Way. Though she hails from Ohio, her music is a mosaic of worldly sound. Come Meh Way mixes Afrobeat with hip hop, folktronica and R&B, and it does so in such a beautifully enchanting, rhythmically riveting manner. The song reminds me of French-Cuban duo Ibeyi as well as Oakland’s own Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs). Come Meh Way is the lead single from an EP arriving soon. 

November 24, 2015

I was very ecstatic to find out that Al Bairre had dropped a new one. You see, I’m superbly fond of the Cape Town indie pop band’s lush instrumental radiance. Even before I hit the play button, I knew I was going to fall head over heels for ever fittingly named Let’s Fall In Love Some More. Before I knew it, I was tapping along gleefully to the bright and catchy, playful and peppy tune, one sure to delight San Cisco, Two Door Cinema Club, and Cayucas loving hearts. The single comes from their album Experience The Al Bairre Show With An Al Bairre Experience, out this past weekend on Independent. It’s available for purchase on iTunes.

November 5, 2015

Parisian producer Androma takes us on a spiritual pilgrimage of euphoria with his new original, Jacy. World music can be so uplifting in itself already, but with the addition of deep tropical house radiance, Jacy has me flying high on cloud nine. My soul feels cleansed, hopeful, optimistic, thanks to the beauty of Jacy. Download the track for free, here.

May 13, 2015

There are those that consider Waterstrider one of the top bands from SF Bay right now. You can count me in as one of those people. The Oakland based indie rock outfit brings a unique blend of Afrobeat and dreamy guitars on their music, all topped off with entrancing vocals by frontman Nate. I found myself addicted to Waterstrider’s debut album Nowhere Now these past weeks since i ts release. Not on the album, however, is previously shared breezy, pensive Frayed, which is a one off contribution to a Bay Area compilation being put together by Oaktown Indie Mayhem Records. A captivating music video has been released for the song, so let’s revisit the lovely gem. The incredible video, directed by Marta Dymek, was crafted out of 40,000 photographs stitched together. 

April 29, 2015

I’m really looking forward to Thursday night. I get to watch one of my favorite bands from the Bay, Waterstrider, play another magnificent set. Their gig, at Popscene at the Rickshaw Stop, is also their album release party. Though their debut album, Nowhere Now, just came out, they’ve already jumped into the studio to record a brand new tune with producer Jeff Saltzmann (The Killers, Blondie). Frayed is being released by Saltzman’s Oaktown Indie Mayhem (OIM) Records on a San Francisco Bay Area music compilation to be released in May. The song, like much of the many other songs I’ve come to love from the indie rock band, is a pensive yet breezy number, thanks to the track’s soft Afrobeats, rich guitars, and lead singer Nate’s musing falsettos. Frayed boasts one of Waterstrider’s most catchy melodies yet. 

April 9, 2015

Keeping it local with another band I love from Oakland, my dear Waterstrider. I’ve caught these guys live quite a number of times now, from intimate living room shows to watching them rock out while opening for San Francisco’s Cathedrals at a sold out show. Yet, I find myself very excited to catch their album release show at Popscene come April 30th. This week, said debut album, Nowhere Now, was released, both on iTunes and bandcamp. A stand out beauty off the release is a gem named Passing Ships. The track carries a very lush ambiance and languid introspection, along with its soft, alluring afrobeat. Nate Salman’s vocals are captivating and ardent as always, carrying a delicateness on the daydreamy song. The song sparkles and glides along with a gentle, stirring vulnerability and fervency. 

March 26, 2015

It’s been a year since we last heard from Canadian musician MAS YSA, but he makes a sensational return this week with new single Look Up. The track is an electronic pop song with captivating experimental elements. Despite its moody nature and MAS YSA’s wavering, emotive vocals, the song glides weightlessly with a euphoric, Afrobeat imbued buoyancy. Look Up is one of the more unique, genre defying songs of the week. Hopefully it means more new MAS YSA music is on its way. He’ll be touring this spring with Young Fathers.

March 15, 2015

New Yorkers Paige and Chachi teamed up on a remix of 80′s Men At Work classic Land Down Under. As an 80′s baby, some of these old tunes really hit a soft spot in my heart. I haven’t listened to Land Down Under in ages, but I’m reminded of how much I love it, and other similar new wave Afrobeat laced songs of the 80′s (ie. Toto’s Africa). Paige and Chachi infuse the original with extra summery sound. It’s a buoyant house tune that stays true to the original’s irresistible melody while giving it extra bounce and a blissful tropical atmosphere.

December 2, 2014

It’s been over a year since an eclectic band out of Scotland named Young Fathers first netted my attention with their artsy, addictive, and unique blend of hip hop, R&B, Afrobeats, and electronic. Since the release of their debut album Dead, things seem to have really taken off for the alt trio, much deservedly. Young Fathers has won the Mercury Prize, and they’ve just been nominated for BBC Music’s Sound of 2015 (to put things in perspective, last year’s winner was Sam Smith). Young Fathers has also revealed a stellar new single, Soon Come Soon. The gritty, scruffy song represents their brilliant sound well. Soon Come Soon is out today via Big Dada.