Okmalumkoolkat's Fiery Video For 'Holy Oxygen'

SA rapper/producer Okmalumkoolkat shares the official music video for the song "Holy Oxygen" off his 2014 'Holy Oxygen 1' EP.

As he's shown in his previous, beautifully-frightening music videos for "iJusi" and "Allblackblackkat," Okmalumkoolkat is as much a visual artist as a wordsmith. The off-kilter SA rapper/producer continues his artistic fearlessness with the visual accompaniment to "Holy Oxygen," the title track off his recent Holy Oxygen I EP, which we premiered this summer. The song's lyrics discuss neglect and ultimate redemption (“Why do you think I’m rapping? / You don’t know what happened / I was never happy when my father left me / Left me as a baby way back in the 80s"), and its accompanying video vividly symbolizes these themes of being an outsider. Directed by the Cannes-recognized Wim Steytler, the eucalyptus forest video for "Holy Oxygen" depicts a smoky world where a colony of plastic-wrapped, quarantined inhabitants are, as a Mother Teresa quote explains, "unwanted, uncared for, and deserted by everybody." Amidst "demigod" Okmalumkoolkat's hail of drum zaps and electronic wobbles, though, the group is rescued, finally getting some air. Check out the "Holy Oxygen" video below, and learn more about Holy Oxygen I via Affine Records.


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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