Mikael Seifu blends off-beat UK garage beatwork with traditional Ethiopian folk sounds in his new single "The Lost Drum Beat"
Ethiopian beatsmith Mikael Seifu landed on our radar last year with the top track of 2014 choice "Tuff Ruff" and his impressive 4-track Yarada Lij EP, which showcased an alluring blend of Burial-style UK garage and house production with traditional Ethiopian folk sounds. The Addis Ababa-based producer now returns with "The Lost Drum Beat," a hypnotic tune built on off-beat melodic hits, murky vocal samples and saxophones. The single will be one of two tracks on a new Mikael Seifu release from Washington, D.C. imprint 1432 R, due June 19. Stream "The Lost Drum Beat" below and, for more, explore Mikael's hazy journey through reinterpreted Ethiopian folk sounds in his Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape.