AFRIKAN ROOTS FT. LEBO - I HEAR YOU CALLING
IF MUCH OF TODAY’S AFROBEAT/DANCE FUSION IS THE STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MUSIC AFTER IT LEFT ITS HOME CONTINENT AND MIXED WITH EUROPEAN INFLUENCES AS WELL AS MODERN TECHNOLOGIES, AFRIKAN ROOTS, AS THE NAME MIGHT IMPLY, IS THE STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED AS THOSE HEADY WEST AFRICAN BEATS FOUND THEIR WAY TO SOUTH AFRICA. AFRIKAN ROOTS MAKE A WONDERFULLY NUANCED, LAYERED AND TEXTURED MUSIC ONE WHICH ECHOES THE HISTORY AND COMPLEXITIES OF THE COUNTRY THAT THEY HAVE GROWN UP IN.
AND IF THOSE SEDUCTIVE GHANAIAN AND NIGERIAN RHYTHMS LIE AT THE HEART OF THE MUSIC, IT IS WHAT THEY THREAD THROUGH SUCH A STRUCTURE THAT BUILDS THEIR UNIQUE SOUND. CLASSICAL GUITAR FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN SHORES ADD SOME UNEXPECTED MUSICAL MOTIFS AND THE VOCALS COME IN THE FORM OF A WONDERFULLY ETHEREAL POP STYLE AND ELSEWHERE TRADITIONAL TRIBAL SOUNDS BLEND WITH CUTTING EDGE MODERN STUDIO CREATIONS REMINDING US THAT MUSIC IS AN ON-GOING, EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS WITH THOSE TIMELESS SOUNDS BEING CARRIED ALONG BY NEW TORCH BEARERS.
AFRIKAN ROOTS PULL OFF AN AMAZING TRICK WITH I HEAR YOU CALLING, IT PLAYS TO HISTORY AS WELL AS FUTURE POTENTIAL, IT SPEAKS TO THE ROOTS AFICIONADO AS MUCH AS THE YOUNG POPSTER AND IT PLAYS TO THE UNDERGROUND DANCE SET AS WELL AS THE MAINSTREAM. BUT MORE THAN THAT, WITHIN ITS MUSIC YOU CAN HEAR STORIES, OF THE HISTORY OF PEOPLE AND PLACES BEING CARRIED ALONG TOO. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT YOU COULD DO ALL OF THAT BY JUST WRITING A SONG?
WORDS BY DAVE FRANKLIN
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MURDER HE WROTE - SEED'S RIDDIM (FLAVOURED EP VOL.2)
It’s safe to say that Murder He Wrote knows his way around the dance music industry, from working with myriad game changing labels, including releasing his debut EP on the legendary Skint Records, remixes for Stanton Warriors and more recently finding a home with Roska Kicks and Snares. And it is only natural that this ability to navigate the more interesting and better-respected waters of club culture and the dance world at large has resulted in a fresh and unique sound when it comes to his output.
Seeds Riddim is all about textures, layers of different influences having their moment in the spot light to be subsumed back into the beat for another to immediately take its place. Chiming Afrobeat and the ghosts of Calypso past are threaded through ultra modern, affected bass pulses whilst soulful grooves are pinned down with broken staccato beats. It is the sound of the club and the beach, the past and the present, the groove and the grind, of futuristic funk and an evolution of music stripped back to its essentials. And if it is impressive to see where Murder He Wrote has been, where he is going is a much more exciting prospect.
Words By Dave Franklin
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