Listen to Emtee’s 2 New Songs ‘Wave’ and ‘Brand New Day’

Emtee releases his first singles of 2020.

Last night, Emtee unleashed two new singles, the first batch of music he released on his own since leaving Ambitiouz Entertainment last year.


Both singles were produced by Ruff, Emtee's longtime producer who is behind most of his projects DIY (2015), Avery (2016), Manando (2017) and DIY 2 (2018).

On "Wave," which he tackles solo, Emtee wears his heart on his sleeve—he raps and croons about being a parent, saving up for a Mercedes Benz, acknowledges that life can get tough, among other topics.

He raps, "They wanna ride the wave, wake up and decide to hate/ I'm not going outside today, negative energy far away."

"Brand New Day" is the yin to "Wave"'s yang. In it, assisted by ATM (African Trap Movement) member Lolli, Emtee offers a positive outlook, using the imagery of a brand new day. The music provided by Ruff is also sunnier with bright pads and a soulful sample as opposed to the gloomier production on "Wave."

For most of last year, Emtee was involved in a highly-publicized legal battle with Ambitiouz Entertainment, the label that has released his first two albums Avery and Manando and the EP DIY 2. He left the label in August last year, and appeared on singles by the likes of Rouge, J Molley and a few others.

2020 is supposed be Emtee's comeback year. It will be interesting to observe how he maneuvers the murky waters of independence in South Africa's climate.

Stream "Wave" and "Brand New Day" below:



Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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