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Here’s An Exclusive Stream of Yugen Blakrok’s Sophomore Album ‘Anima Mysterium’

Listen to Yugen Blakrok's album dropping on February 1.

South African wordsmith Yugen Blakrok is finally releasing her sophomore album, six years after her debut, 2013's Return of the Astro-Goth. The new album, which is titled Anima Mysterium, drops officially on February 1. But we have an exclusive stream for you.


Anima Mysterium includes the two video singles "Carbon Form" and "Picture Box." The album is mostly produced by Yugen's longtime partner in crime Kanif The JhatMaster.

"Kanif started working on this album shortly after Return of the Astro-Goth; in-between tours and other projects we were working on at the time," explains the MC via email."I already had an idea of what I wanted to make and getting Kanif to create a soundscape fitting for the ideas and concepts I was exploring wasn't hard."

YUGEN BLAKROK - PICTURE BOX (Official Video) www.youtube.com

Other producers who worked on the album include Joel ("Carbon Form") and Seventh Galaxy (who co-produced "Obsidian Night" with Kanif).

"We got Joel to send in some beats and one of those ended up being 'Carbon Form'" says Yugen Blakrok. "The great thing about working with Joel is that he'd done some remixes for me in the past and also mastered both albums, so that familiarity added a great vibe to the project."

Yugen Blakrok - Carbon Form (Official Video) www.youtube.com

Guest features on Anima Mysterium include Iapetus Records stablemates: Zetina Mosia, BraveStarr and Fifi the RaiBlaster. "The guest emcees are long-time friends: Historian Himself, Jak Tripper and the eternal muse, Kool Keith," shes adds.

Sticking to the basics of hip-hop, Yugen's new album comes with DJ scratches and cuts from the likes of DJ Raiko (who also appeared on Return of the Astro-Goth), DJ Koncept and DJ KCL. "Ralph Smit from the Swaziland duo, Mr Freddy, features on trumpet and Mauritz Muller on guitars," she adds.

Find yourself a quiet spot and get lost in Yugen's musings on a variety of topics, which she raps about in her trademark elusiveness and eloquence. You'll need neck braces from all the head bobbing.

Listen to Anima Mysterium below, and be sure to cop the album when it officially drops on February 1 under I.O.T Records.

Pre-order Anima Mysterium on Bandcamp and iTunes, and/or pre-save it Apple Music and Spotify.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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