Photo: Jaij Hollands, MB, GB (IRAYMVNT) > Photo Credit: Olivia Rose
Photo Credit: Olivia Rose
THE FIRST OFFICIAL UK AFROBEATS COMPILATION
CURATED BY AFRO B
EXCLUSIVE TRACKS FROM AFRO B, MISTA SILVA, HARLEM SPARTANS, NAIRA MARLEY, IRAYMVMT, NSG, FINESSE FOREVA & MORE
OUT MAY 19TH
AFRO B MINI MIX
DROP 2 PLAYLIST – https://open.spotify.com/album/1gh9BIE5DQksDjPKvtYjy9
UK afrobeats is the movement taking the streets by storm, the sound of multi-cultural inner city life. Now, UK afrobeats kingpin, Afro B curates ‘MOVES’, released in full on May 19th. The first official UK afrobeats compilation, a series of exclusive anthems, never officially released before, from the leaders of the scene. In the lead up to the album’s release, a selection of tracks will be dropped on Apple Music and Spotify playlists here.
The ‘MOVES Drop 2’ playlist is out today and features Belly Squad, Omo Frenchie, Jaij Hollands and more. More information of the tracks here:
Jaij Hollands – Gbelemo
Founding member of the IRAYMVMT crew, Jaij has one of the most distinctive voices in the UK Afrobeats scene, a Hades deep flow that can serve as well on bedroom-ready slowjams as it does on explosive war dubs. Along with his unique vocal delivery, Jaij has developed a distinctive sound, a rebellious fusion of the 4/4 Ghanaian dance styles Azonto and Alkyeida, the syncopated percussion of dancehall and the nagging synths and ominous strings of grime – a truly UK form of Afrobeats. On ‘Gbelemo’ (pronounced gue-le-mo) he drops this sound raw, growling and roaring over snapping hand claps, sharp strings and rolling, propulsive kick drums. Listen here.
GB & Prof – Some of Me
GB and Prof are part of Forest Gate’s IRAY MVMT crew, with other members including gravel voiced MC Jaij Hollands and in-house producers MB and Kev Mundo. On ‘Some of Me’ (created exclusively for the Moves compilation) Prof, GB and MB showcase the sound that is bringing them international acclaim; a fusion of the propulsive hand claps and 4/4 beat of Ghanaian dance genre Alkyeida with road ready rap, as grimy as it is addictive. Listen here.
CXCV – Half Jamo Half Ghana
Hackney based CXCV are a four man crew made up of Ninj, Kraze, Yus and Ghost, working closely with producer Stevie B. Over the last 2 years, they’ve dropped everything from grime freestyles to hard drill tracks, but it’s on stand out cut Half Jamo Half Ghana that they’ve best defined the new sound sweeping London. Over a beat made by Jamaican producer Stevie B sampling Ghanaian legend Daddy Lumba (specifically his , Ninj and Kraze trade melodic UK rap bars discussing their shared Jamaican and Ghanaian heritage.
Omo Frenchie ft Naira Marley – Cele
Omo Frenchie is a Congolese born rapper, singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer who came to the UK as a young child. Now based in Peckham, Frenchie has been gaining underground acclaim and serious momentum by splicing African genres with UK club flavour, dropping everything from deep Afro RnB, to dance tracks such as ‘Cele’. ‘Cele’ has been a key track for Frenchie, kicking up a storm in the clubs on dubplate for the last year. It now – after much demand – finally gets an official release. Listen here.
Through 21 tracks Belly Squad, Harlem Spartans, NSG, IRAY MVMT, Vianni, Naira Marley and many more take their brand of pulsating rhythms, melodic ear-worm hooks and eccentric lyricism to the next level.
1. TG Millian, Naira Marley, Blanco – Money On The Road
2. IQ – Tell A Paigon Try
3. NSG ft. Kilo Keemzo – We Dey
4. CXCV – Half Jamo Half Ghana
5. Belly Squad – Banana Remix ft. Abra Cadabra, Young T & Bugsey, Timbo & Showkey
6. Jaij Hollands – Gbelemo
7. GB & Prof – Some Of Me
8. Omo Frenchie & Naira Marley – Cele
9. NSG – No Jamo Full Ghana
10. Ekeno & IQ – Afro Jam
11. Bagz ft. Tee Da Supreme & Tayo GG – Rotation
12. Afro B – Lover
13. Bace – 50 T.A.P.
14. Sona – Story
15. Mista Silva – Handle It
16. New Age Muzik – Ari Ya
17. SK – Passion
18. C Boy – Play
19. Vianni – ODT
20. Sarche – Lifestyle
21. Veeiye – Bed Rock