Captain Planet Shares An Edit Of SBTRKT's 'New Dorp. New York'

'Gumbo funk' originator Captain Planet shares an edit of SBTRKT's 'New Dorp. New York,' featuring Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig.

The masked 'gumbo gunk' originator Charlie B. Wilder, better known as Captain Planet, has been keeping himself busy in the recent months following his globe-trotting sophomore album Esperanto Slang. This time he's sharing a new "bootleg" edit of SBTRKT's 'New Dorp. New York', the second single off the UK wonder-producer's well-received Wonder Where We Land LP which features vocals from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig.

Captain Planet's edit is a masterful exercise in restraint, where the NY/LA producer adds just enough percussive elements to give the original tune a fresh tinge of African flavor. What's most enjoyable is the track's cracking snare, which adds an extra swing to the beat and calls to mind the infectious rhythmic structure of South African house music. To sweeten the deal, Captain Planet's also made the track available for free from his Soundcloud.

Stream and download "New Dorp. New York (Captain Planet Bootleg)" below and check out his hour-long mix for our Africa in Your Earbuds series. You can also read our in-depth interview with A Hidden Place, the anonymous designer behind SBTRKT's iconic tribal masks.

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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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