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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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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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