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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.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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