Audio

'Mean Dub': A Dub Remix EP From Sinkane & Peaking Lights

Psychedelic pop duo Peaking Lights remix four tracks from Sinkane's standout 'Mean Love' LP into blissful dub reworkings.


Sinkane's Mean Love, one of our choices for last year's top albums, saw the Sudanese-rooted, Brooklyn-based musician exploring his American influences through ten tracks of polyrhythmic grooves and smooth melodies. For the forthcoming Mean Dub EP, four of those album songs are taken to a reverbed-out and reggae-tinted world by Aaron Coyes of the psychedelic pop duo Peaking Lights.

“Peaking Lights shed new light to these songs," explains Sinkane (aka Ahmed Gallab) to Hunger TV. "They’re so good that we’ve started to play some of these versions live. It’s a real pleasure to work and be friends with such talented, loving humans.” EP highlights include the boosted percussion on "How We Be" and the bass-heavy rework of "Hold Tight."

Stream Sinkane and Peaking Lights' Mean Dub EP below, the 12" will be out August 21 on City Slang. Catch Sinkane live in London at the David Byrne-curated Meltdown on August 17.

Interview

Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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