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The Melancholic Electronica Of Congolese/Austrian Producer Kimyan Law

Nineteen-year-old Congolese/Austrian musician Kimyan Law releases his debut LP, 'Couer Calme.'


Playing mostly self-made instruments, 19-year-old Congolese/Austrian electronic musician Kimyan Law creates aural songs that stimulate with their subtle emotional depth. Having been the victim of racism and personal strife, Law (real name Nico Mpunga) uses music as a means of coping. An exile from wartorn Congo living in Vienna, he immersed himself in the city's drum and bass community, got into Amon Tobin and James Blake, started fashioning his own musical devices out of raw materials and eventually connected with the founders of Blu Mar Ten Records. Last week, the label released Law's debut album Coeur Calme. Speaking with Vice, Law said, "To me, the album seems to be very melancholic and I think of it as some sort of ‘auditory childhood flashback.' It’s a collection of portraits. That’s all I can say." Featuring the tracks "Eclairage," a gray mesh of at times quick, at others restrained percussion and forlorn electronic effects, and "Run Ames (feat. Robert Manos)," an "Idioteque"-esque frenzy of beats and vocals, the record is not just technically complex but sensitive and evocative, too. Listen to the two songs below along with a 10-minute sample of Coeur Calme, find out more about the album here, and keep posted for more from Kimyan Law.

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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) www.youtube.com

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