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Get Introduced to Brooklyn's Flex Dance Music Scene With This New Banger From DJ Aaron

This new track from DJ Aaron's 'Zilla Warfare' EP is a foggy vision of flex dance battle circles.

Here is one foggy vision of a dance battle gone into overtime, a sweaty crowd wrapped in a close circle and swarming in slow motion. Only one dancer will win, but who will decide?


A collaboration between DJ Aaron, Uninamise, and Hitmakerchinx, "Drunk Piano" is a tune that will give listeners a good view into this Brooklyn scene of dance and music. (You can buy it off Aaron's new tape, Zilla Warfare.)

The flex dance movement has roots stretching back to Brooklyn in the nineties, influenced by the earlier Brukup movement and the Flex N Brooklyn public access show that it became named after. The music came up close beside it, starting as long mixes of different dancehall riddims blended together. Eventually, they were boiled down to track-length instrumental tunes that were called, appropriately, flex tunes.

Aaron is one the few artists left from that era, using the older mixing technique but now blending it with modern methods of producing with software. Chinx was the first to build tunes from scratch, bringing cleaner production, bigger bass, and new sounds into the mix. Uninamise is a newer producer making moves by producing along these lines and has been taking things in exciting new directions.

Recently they've all started calling the style FDM, short for Flex Dance Music, and the main producers have linked under the FDM Nation banner. There's close to ten producers making FDM currently, with some others sure to be heard from soon.

Aaron has recently been on tour as a dancer with his Next Level Squad, visiting countries like China and London. Chinx is currently touring as a dancer for Rihanna. Uninamise, however, doesn't dance and has instead been building up the FDM name in the underground electronic music scene.

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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