Audio

Okmalumkoolkat Gets A Chopped-Up Remix From Producer YMNO

Young Futura producer YMNO places Okmalumkoolkat's futuristic rhymes over a minimalist hip-hop beat in his "Holy Oxygen" remix.


“Holy Oxygen” sees Okmalumkoolkat delivering his nonlinear wordplay over warping synthesizers and heavy percussion. The track, which featured on the South African rapper’s Affine Records debut EP, now gets a chopped-up reworking from producer YMNO.

On his remix, YMNO—who also plays as one-half of Young Futura— looks to showcase Okmalumkoolkat’s frenzied rhymes by isolating the Boyzn Bucks MC’s vocals over a minimalist hip-hop beat. The producer wrote to us via e-mail explaining how the remix came about:

“Gregor of Affine Records showed up one night while I was DJing The Happy Show parties in NY, and we quickly bonded over our love of African music. After talking about a couple of their artists, he introduced me to Okmalumkoolkat's work. I loved it! Once I heard ‘Holy Oxygen,’ I knew that was the track I wanted to remix. For the remix, I wanted to do something different from the original—something that slowed down the intensity of the track, and allows you to hear the nuances of his lyrical work. Whattakoolkat!”

Stream our premiere of “Holy Oxygen (YMNO Remix)” 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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