Audio: Umlilo's 'Future Kwaai' Sound [ft. Kyla Phil of Exorsistahs]

Download Cape Towner Umlilo's dark-toned 'future kwaai' single "Living Dangeriously" featuring Kyla Phil of Exorsistahs.

Umlilo fuses dark-toned synthpop, similar to that of fellow Cape Towner Petite Noir, with underground SA hip-hop sensibilities like crawl-pace rhymes and universally utilized rapid-fire high hats — creating a sound he dubs future kwaai. "Living Dangeriously," the lead single off Umlilo's upcoming Shade of Kwaai EP, depicts a several angles of violent scenes and features a verse from Exorsistahs' Kyla Phil. Stream and dowload it below.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

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