Nascent Afrobeats artist Stonebwoy releases blazing new single “Gidigba.” Hailing from Ghana, this track sees Stonebwoy lean into pan-African unity, infusing his sound with more of a Nigerian sensibility. Melodic guitars coalesce with the track’s pulsing beat; and Stonebwoy’s honey-like flow makes for a truly vibey experience. The accompanying music video is an exploration of West African gang violence, serving as a stark reminder that finding support in community is more important than ever.
Rema, Stonebwoy and Psycho YP blaze the way in this week’s Wonderlist.
Stonebwoy – “Gidigba”
Rema – “Dirty”
Rema proves once again why he’s the Afrobeats heavyweight that he is with this video for his Spring hit “Dirty”. Boasting over 23 million monthly listeners on Spotify, he’s about to be blazing his way through the UK and Europe on tour, and if his IG feed is anything to go by, he really knows how to get a crowd going! “2 for the culture” the superstar said on his Instagram regarding his double contribution to the monumental Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack today, along with the likes of Rihanna, Stormzy, Fireboy DML and Tems, and as he proves on that and “Dirty” yet again, he himself is a cultural figurehead of our times. We can never have enough Rema content in one day!
Psycho YP – “YPSZN3”
Nigerian newcomer Psycho YP unveils his latest project “YPSZN3” – following up his explosively successful “Euphoria” project. Leading the new wave of alt-rap in Nigeria, Psycho YP is shaping up to become a staple for the culture. Garnering appraisal from Spotify, landing him as the face of their “Naija Bars” playlist, the young artist is proving that he has not come to play. This new project sees him build upon the foundations he has built, channelling his lyrical prowess into various genres such as rap, trap, grime, and R&B. This musical medley opens a whole new door for Psycho YP – and there’s no sign of him slowing down.
Eartheater x Doss – “High Tide” (Remix)
Contrary to her name, Eartheater is simply not of this world. Carving out her own corner in the experimental scene, the NY-based artist has been garnering critical acclaim for her tantalising soundscapes and oneiric wordplay. Now, she’s joined forces with dance music mastermind Doss breathing new life into “High Tide”, a track off of Eartheater’s seminal album Trinity. Turning the ruminative, forceful track into a feat of euphoric bliss – Eartheater and Doss play off of each other like fire and ice – scintillating, yet carnal.
Alice Longyu Gao – “Monk”
Flitting between NY and LA, the experimental artist Alice Longyu Gao smashed onto our radar – breaking it into a million tiny pieces. Gao is a trailblazer of sorts, trying her hand at a broad range of instruments and musical genres – such as the harp, and punk – succeeding at each one flawlessly. Although, perhaps the word ‘flawless’ feels a bit misplaced when talking about Gao, as her work has a refreshing honesty that is an ode to messiness and vulnerability. This new track and music video, “Monk”, expels her frustrations about our current world into the air. Screaming lyrics such as “CLIMATE CHANGE! AHHHH!” atop aggressive guitars – well.. she’s just a big mood. With nods of respect from Lady Gaga and former Crystal Castles frontwoman Alice Glass – we’re raring to see what else this powerhouse has in store.
Ghostface600 x Dxinx – “Dragon Tattoo”
South London pioneer of wave-drill links up with vocalist Dxinx for a quiet moment aka “Dragon Tattoo”. Through a vocoder, the Ghostface’s melodic flow is draped over pared-back piano-driven production making for an intimate, effortless cut, which sees him navigating relationship woes with Dxinx’s lyrical persona.
Kwn – “episode wn” EP
Rising from London’s Walham Forest kwn proves once again why she’s an artist that’s impossible to ignore as we look to 2023. The 22-year-old’s debut EP “episode wn” offers six insights into the mind of the burgeoning talent, from the afro beats-infused opener “nobody” to the tangible emotion of “wn way or another”. The Black Butter signee has us officially sorted with a project to get our teeth into this weekend and we can’t wait to hear what move she makes next.
Tutankhamun – “Big Foot”
British musician and producer Olly Toomey, aka, Tutankhamun, returns with fourth single, “Big Foot”, comprising part of the spoils of a three-month lockdown recording session. “‘Big Foot’ is a song about feeling out of control and the abandonment that comes with that,” Olly says. “At the time I felt quite overwhelmed, frustrated, and a bit stuck perhaps. I wrote the song at a time when I was struggling to see how everything would fall into place.” Evoking the nebulous dreamy soundscapes of Tame Impala, Olly serves up a psychedelic, jazz-inflected musical heaven.