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Okmalumkoolkat & Push Push Join Thor Rixon On 'Bury Me With Diamonds'

Cape Town producer Thor Rixon continues to experiment with unusual sounds on "Bury Me With Diamonds" featuring Okmalumkoolkat and Push Push.


On "Bury Me With Diamonds," Cape Town-based musician and producer Thor Rixon continues to experiment with unusual, electronic-influenced sounds and live instruments with help from Okmalumkoolkat and Push Push (aka the rap moniker of Cape Town's Nicci St. Bruce). "I started writing the track about a year ago in my lil room, and have been tinkering with it over the course of the year," Rixon explained over email. "Malum and Nicci came over to my place one night towards the end of last year and spent about 2 hours writing and recording their parts. It was a super focussed and creative session, and super inspiring to be around. I then spent another few months fiddling with the production to fit with the vocals and for the vocals to fit with the production."

Speaking on what influenced his production on the track, the naas co-founder told us he's been heavily influenced by "textures in music" as of late. "The little pops and clicks of an instrument being played live or the obscure timbre of an instrument is what really gets my vibe straight to 100% and gets me excited," says Rixon. "So I have started focussing a lot on incorporating interesting and hopefully unheard textures into the songs I write."

For the past three months, Rixon has been traveling around Europe– with his base being Berlin– and recording his new album, Songs From The Bath. "I wanted to step out of South Africa for a bit to get a different perspective of the world and of where I come from," Rixon tells us. "The travels have been suuuuper inspiring with all the different music and cultures in this part of the world. I have incorporated a little bit of every place I have traveled to into the album to make it as rich as possible."

"Bury Me With Diamonds," which premiered yesterday on Noisey alongside an interview with Nicci St. Bruce, is now available for download on iTunes. Listen below, and stay tuned for news on Songs From The Bath, which also features this truly bizarre anti-bread anthem. For more from Thor Rixon, download his exclusive Cape Town In Your Earbuds mixtape.

Thor Rixon (Photo courtesy of Rixon)

Okmalumkoolkat (Photo: Anthony Bila aka The Expressionist)

Push Push aka Nicci St. Bruce (Photo: Peter Georgiades)

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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

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Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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