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John Talabot Remixes William Onyeabor's 'Atomic Bomb (Hot Chip Cover)'

Stream Barcelona producer John Talabot's remix of Hot Chip's cover of "Atomic Bomb," a gem from 70s Nigerian synth-funk man William Onyeabor.


The folks at Luaka Bop enlist Barcelona producer John Talabot for a silky remix of Hot Chip's cover of "Atomic Bomb," one of the many gems from 1970s Nigerian synth-funk mystery man William Onyeabor. Talabot's remix, which will be released as a 12" on April 18 for Record Store Day, adds a pulsing synthesizer melody and lofty beat underneath Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor's vocal lines. As Luaka Bop explains in a press statement, Nigerian bootleggers Abaeze and Abayomrunkoje reworked a pirated William Onyeabor album cover for the artwork, creating this "bootleg of a bootleg" above. For more, revisit Luaka Bop's collection of William Onyeabor's complete 1978-1985 discography, watch a recently unearthed video for Onyeabor's "Many Mansions" and download Alexis Taylor's Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape. Stream John Talabot's remix of "Atomic Bomb (Hot Chip Cover)" below.

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Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds.

The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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