Captain Planet's Summertime Anthem 'In The Gray' Ft. Brit Lauren [Premiere]

Captain Planet premieres the second single off his 'Esperanto Slang' LP on Bastard Jazz, "In The Gray" featuring Brit Lauren.

Charlie B. Wilder, a.k.a. the man behind the globe-trotting beatmaker mask of Captain Planet, is gearing up to release a new album on Bastard Jazz. Today he's out with the album's scorching second single which we're excited to premiere here. On "In The Gray," the "Gumbo Funk" producer teams up yet again with L.A.-based songstress Brit Lauren. The first time the pair linked up was on their 2011 breakout hit "Get You Some," which more recently saw some shine in season one of Orange Is The New Black. On their latest collaboration, Captain Planet calls upon his geographically diverse sonic aesthetic to create a lilting, reggae-infused summertime anthem. Lauren's soulful, honey-smooth vocals glide over a down-and-dirty bass line to march the track along while crisp horns (courtesy of L.A.'s Ubiquity Records "supergroup" The Lions) blaze through the chorus. The result is a no-cares-in-the-world, sweet summer composition that uses the same riddim as CP's Katy B "On A Mission" remix. "In The Gray" is out today digitally and on 7" vinyl on Bastard Jazz. Captain Planet's forthcoming Esperanto Slang LP arrives this September on Bastard Jazz.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video)

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