today 28th April 2017
“some of the finest music of the moment…forward-thinking electronica with classic songwriting and future-soul vibes”
“cinematic, whimsical production style over which Kidepo’s…highly soulful vocal soars in triumphant, sometimes grandiose melodies”
“We’ve been waiting for this one”
Pigeons & Planes
Today marks the release date for Kidepo AKA Jonah Mutono’s debut EP ‘Reunion’.
The 25-year-old has revealed EP tracks over the last month to rave write-ups for his meditative electronic soul and addictive falsetto.
His music draws from influences as disparate as the Congolese style of Soukous, TLC’s “No Scrubs,” and Sufjan Stevens’ spectral songwriting approach.
‘Reunion’ is an awe-inspiring suite of songs from a huge new talent, at turns warm, passionate, mysterious and mystical.
Don’t wait to discover Kidepo.
For more information > Seb Burford > firstname.lastname@example.org
Kidepo speaks further about his cross-continental journey
“Your hometown is like your third parent. “Where are you from?” is usually question no. 2 in basic small-talk form, and most people have their answers locked and load — as they should. Places bury you, from the culture to the music, to the atitudes, it’s safe and warm down there. I was buried once, neck deep in England soil, for about 3 minutes — it made me understand why people erect flagpoles in their lawns, and punch strangers after sports. The very moment I loved it, was the moment I had to unceremoniously leave. This was July 2013.
Uganda is unfairly gorgeous and I was a probably very melodramatic about the transition. I thought, maybe, if I super-imposed my new world onto my old one, it would make it easier to settle in. This music is my sonic interpretation, and if you study the artwork (made by the master Bill Sullivan), you’ll find monuments of colonised Africa proudly mangling London streets.
2014, after a good stroke of fortune, I flew the 30 hours to New York. On arrival, I promised myself I would only have to survive until this collection was out exactly as I envisioned it. I overstayed on my new friend’s couches and ate off their plates — if the UK couldn’t be my life, then this would have to do. Things really do go around full circle — as of April 10 (and 7 visa applications later), I’m back in the UK, and what a magnificent way to close this chapter. There aren’t words for how this feels, this is my Reunion and if this music means anything to you, then that makes it 1000x better.”