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Tricky x Young Fathers 'Nicotine Love' (StraightFace Remix)

Listen to Tricky and Young Fathers team up on the 'Nicotine Love' (StraightFace Remix).


In February Young Fathers put out one of our favorite records so far this year with Dead, their ritualistic, haywire debut off Anticon/Big Dada. A forefather to the Nigerian/Liberian/Scottish trio's dark yet ethereal hybridized realm, Tricky is gearing up to release what we expect to be another of our favorite offerings this year. The trip-hop godfather's previous LP, False Idols, was heralded as his best effort since the genre's golden age in the mid-90s. Album standout "Nothing Matters" featured Nigerian songstress Nneka, who added her crisp vocals to the trotting electro-pop gem. Adrian Thaws (which takes its title from Tricky's birth name) is due out in September. "I suppose this is my club/hip hop album," says Tricky according to a press release. The record also sees a new feature from Nneka.

A few weeks back we got a taste of the lead single off the new album, "Nicotine Love," with Irish-Italian singer Francesca Belmonte. And now, even faster than we could say the words Player Xchange, Young Fathers have put their own spin on the original full-blown house track (a first for Tricky) with a nearly unrecognizable, downtempo "Nicotine Love (StraightFace) Remix." YF's Alloysious Massaquoi brings forth his signature superhuman falsetto as foreboding, whispery vocals flip the upbeat original into a piece of cinematic wondermusic. Listen to Young Father's remix of Tricky's "Nicotine Love" below and grab a free download hereAdrian Thaws is due out September 8th on Tricky's False Idols label via !K7.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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