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This Electronic Remix of Adekunle Gold's 'Ire' Will Jump Start Your Weekend

Pheelz takes the Nigerian artist's hit song into EDM territory.

Adekunle Gold's sophomore album, About 30, which dropped last year featured several standout tracks, one of which was the soulful and tranquil "Ire."

That single is now getting turned on its head and given a wealthy dose of beats courtesy of this new remix from fellow Nigerian producer Pheelz.

Pheelz bypasses the acoustic feel of the original for an all-out dance jam packed full of pitched-up vocals and bouncing beat work. The remix is paired with a new music video that follows a young kid dancing around the Venice Beach boardwalk and its skateparks.

Adekunle Gold's About 30, which is available now, includes features from Seun Kuti, Flavour, Dyo, LCGC and British-Nigerian soul singer Jacob Banks, who appears on an early remix of the popular lead single "Ire."

Check out Pheelz' remix below.

IRE (Pheelz Remix) youtu.be


Adekunle Gold - IRE (Official Video) youtu.be

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Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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