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Audio: LV Members Form SwamiMillion [EP Download]

Listen to + download the new two-track single 'Sours' from UK production duo SwamiMillion, also known as two-thirds of LV.


If introducing new production unit SwamiMillion conjures up images of some kind of future-telling, blinged out entity, you might not be too far off in your assumptions. Their 2-track debut release Sours is reminiscent of a voyage into the sonic future led by robots rocking custom grills. The duo is comprised of Si Williams and Will Horrocks, two thirds of UK-based electronic production powerhouse LV — the group that just so happened to top Okayafrica's Best Albums of 2012 list with their excellent Sebenza release.

SwamiMillion marks a departure for Williams and Horrocks, as they explore an edgier hip hop sound with dislocated pulsing synths and out of place snares — all designed with the intention of creating beats that hit you in places when you least expect them to. If you're intimidated by such wanton experimentation, don't be; the two-track Sours album bangs from front to end, even if it's not quite the journey you expected to go on. Stream and download Sours below as a name-your-price available from the group's new imprint Alter-Id.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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