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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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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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