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Check ‘Em Out: [Belarbi]


Hot off the press!!!

Check out this new remix from Belarbi.

Listen: SBTRKT – “New Dorp. New York” (feat. Ezra Koenig [Belarbi] Remix))

He writes: (sic)

Hi guys,

This one is special, tricky I would say as I’m such a fan of sbtrkt and Vampire week end.
I humbly tried to give a personal twist to their great song.
Since they released it, it seemed I had to drop everything else and only do that
I’m happy to share it fresh with you guys

Freshly out in the limelight, [Belarbi] has already received a warm welcome on social networks. His debut remix, a version of Nonono’s “Pumpin Blood”, has promptly gathered a half million plays on Soundcloud. His first original track, “Paradise” was an airy yet catchy display of his rich and diverse influences. Add a stream of well-polished productions bringing a unique touch to tracks such as Yuna’s “I Wanna Go” or Two Door Cinema Club’s “Changing Of The Seasons”. Forward-thinking label Kitsune got it right, releasing [Belarbi]’s remix “Kyllan” by BeatauCue. And Lykke Li “No Rest For the Wicked” last month.

Listen to all of [Belarbi]’s remixes on Soundclound HERE.

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The Very Best

I have found my first Afropop favorite. To even call it afropop might not be exact, but I have a lack of another more suiting genre. The Very Best is Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit and they’ve caught a LOT of attention. Without promotional assistance or financial support, the collection of well-known pop, dance, afro and indie tracks remixed by Radioclit featuring Mwamwaya’s singing charted more than 300,000 downloads and was hailed by tastemakers including Pitchfork, FADER, and Gorilla vs. Bear among many others.

Their album Warm Heart of Africa is astounding. I first heard a remix of their song “Julia” and had to hear more. Then, while listening to the album I thought, “Wow, that title track sounds a lot like Vampire Weekend.” Well, YEAH! You know why? Because it features VW’s frontman Ezra Koenig, that’s why! THEN, when I heard “Kamphopo” I thought to myself, “Wow, that is the same melody that Architecture in Helsinki used for their song “Heart It Races” on their album Places Like This.” Well, YEAH! Because it IS the same! The album also features M.I.A. in “Rain Dance”.

(Hit up THIS website to hear some different kick-ass mixes of “Julia” and title track “Warm Heart of Africa” — including my favorite, a remix done for The Very Best BY Architecture In Helsinki.)

Especially with the weather finally warming up, you have GOT to listen to this album if you haven’t already. Even though you can’t understand most of the words, it’s one of the happiest things I’ve ever heard! It’s a summer playlist MUST this year. Here’s what Pitchfork had to say:  

Warm Heart of Africa pictures a glittering web of connectivity where national and cultural boundaries dissolve. People care about socio-cultural chin-stroking; music does not. This record simply wants to be heard, by whomever will listen and enjoy. There’s no cynical play for authenticity, no implication that Afropop is somehow piously cordoned off from Western music. It’s a true global-pop album, and a hopeful template for things to come.

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