Leriq is the producer behind some of Burna Boy’s biggest hits (Yawa Dey, Abeg Abeg Abeg) and since they parted ways we fell that Burna Boy’s tunes just haven’t been the same. It’s nice to hear Leriq working with another HDD favourite Wizkid for Say You love Me which will feature on Leriq’s album “The Lost Sounds” which is set for release in the near future. Congrats to leriq on signing with Sony Music Entertainment Africa recently too. Out to Samrai for putting us on to this one.
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Taken from Dr SID’s recent album Siduction (which we are big fans of), this video for Last Bus Stop is an ode to his wife Simi and features clips of their wedding day. Nigerians certainly know how to celebrate in style!
Watching the excellent Future Sounds of Mzansi Doc a few months ago reminded us of the importance of Township Funk. Not only was it a song that helped bring western eyes to the myriad of SA house vibes but also crossed over all types of dancefloors in the UK. I remember in particular being at an 2nd to last Babyshambles gig which also happened to be a rave and that song destroying the dancefloor. (It got a better reaction than the Burlesque dancer who was on earlier).
That’s not to say African Scream is the new Township Funk but i can see it crossing over all dancefloors in a similar manner. The High Pitched vocal, those kuduro drums and that xylophone just draw you in. You kind of don’t want it to stop, instead wishing to stay in the pocket for a while.
It makes sense that Enchufada are releasing it, Lisbon is the wave right now. That recent Boiler Room is another example of how much fun it all is. London will eventually catch on until then, lets do like the kids in the video are doing and dance.
Fix Up Riddim is one of the best out at the moment and this cut from Ishawna is really strong. She’s been killing it lately and it’s nice to see some videos from her coming through. If you are an Ishawna fan check out the freestyle she did with Macka Diamond and Kim Hamilton (Gaza Kim) for Seanie B’s 1xtra show here.
We are going to go ahead and say this might be my favourite surprise of the year. Hagan has been someone we have been checking out over the past few months. His music straddles the line between Afro-House and House. A blend of Uk and Africa, it’s with this EP that he hits our sweet spot. Although predominately house, this Ep could slot alongside a lot of SA house, thinking of Black Motion in particular. It’s the added touches that make this special. The title track has a wavering note that is reminiscent of Ghana’s Azonto, then goes ahead and lets the drums ride out.
One of the tags of the EP is Uk Funky and whilst a lot of people want Afrohouse to be the one to take the place of the much loved genre this is an example of that being the case. Take The track the Music (the vocal sample ain’t for us) but the main rhythmic drums are similar to Crazy Cousins Inflation.
Hagan alongside another one of our faves Major Notes are bringing a UK dance flavour to Afrohouse which in our opinion is needed. Crowds here either want one or the other (Afrohouse sets or club sets), why not blend the two to create something unique.