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Christian Tiger School Share A 70s Analogue Video Synth Clip For 'Cinderella Rocafella'

Cape Town production duo Christian Tiger School share the trippy 70s analogue video synth visuals for "Cinderella Rocafella."


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It's been almost two years since Christian Tiger School flew out to New York City and linked with BK vocal hero Bilal and Queens rap crew World's Fair to truly mind-blowing results for our Player Xchange series. Now, the Cape Town-based production duo are gearing up to release their debut album at NYC's iconic hip-hop and electronic music powerhouse Tommy Boy Entertainment. Previously teased as a limited edition cassette back in 2014, Chrome Tapes sees Luc Vermeer and Sebastian Zanasi integrating techno, house and experimental sounds to their L.A. beat scene-influenced hip-hop production.

In April the guys shared the thumping, uptempo first single off the LP with “Chorisolo,” which they followed up with a slow-building eight-and-a-half minutes of multi-chaptered technical mastery. That second single, "Cinderella Rocafella," now has an equally woozy clip by South African filmmaker Christopher Bisset (who was previously behind the "Chorisolo" dog visuals). Speaking to THUMP, the director said "The video was inspired by the work of Steve Rutt and Bill Etra, who built these amazing analogue video synthesizers in early 70s New York. There are maybe four left, and they're all well guarded, so I started looking at ways of emulating the synthesizer. I built a system using Trapcode Form, displacing pixels based on their brightness. Night footage started getting this great depth, so we spent a week in Mumbai shooting night markets, train rides, and street scenes. That footage forms the basis of the film."

Chrome Tapes arrives June 16th on Tommy Boy Entertainment. Ahead of the release, CTS have also shared a "premix" EP of Chrome Tapes remixes by Slugabed, MNDSGN and Markus Wormstorm, which you can stream on Spotify here.

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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