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Songhoy Blues' 'Al Hassidi Terei' Gets Remixed By XL Label Head Richard Russell

Malian band Songhoy Blues' song "Al Hassidi Terei" off their upcoming album 'Music In Exile' gets remixed by XL's Richard Russell.


With its simmering, "House of the Rising Sun"-esque intro that explodes into a riot of drums and guitars, Songhoy Blues's "Al Hassidi Terei" proved intensely exciting when it premiered along with its vibrant video a few months ago. Now, the first single off the Malian quartet's forthcoming debut LP Music In Exile gets remixed by Residence La Revolution aka XL label owner Richard Russell (the moniker comes from Russell's west London studio, where the upcoming Ibeyi album was produced). Dousing it with scratchy electronics and the same thick drums that close Damon Albarn's "Lonely Press Play" (which he co-produced), Russell loosens the song while keeping its controlled frenzy. Listen to it below, and keep posted for Music In Exile out on February 23 from Transgressive Records.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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