Too Drunk To Dream

…ain’t no drinking when the bottle’s dry…

If this continues, then Esau Mwamwaya is gonna owe me an IPod.

Do you guys own this yet? This album has been KILLING my Ipod since Pitchfork pushed it so hard. It’s the debut mixtape from Esau Mwamwaya, a Malawi-born, British educated artist. There’s lots of hype surrounding him, but I think he deserves a fair amount of it, based upon the strength of Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit are The Very Best.

Download it HERE from Green Owl – (don’t worry, it’s free and legal)

From Pitchfork:

Continuing their Six Degrees of Indie game, Radioclit and Mwamwaya leaked “Get It Up”– which featured not only Maya herself, but also Santogold– “Kamphopo”, built on an Architecture in Helsinki track, and covers of the Beatles and Vampire Weekend featuring, respectively, the Ruby Suns and, uh, Vampire Weekend. The refreshing thing, however, was that unlike 95% of the superfluous odds and sods clogging blogspace, these tracks were actually really good.

I think that’s one of the most to-the-point and accurate descriptions that Pitchfork has ever done. The official video for “Kamphopo” is below.  It shows Esau returning home to Malawi for the first time in 9 years.  The kids in the video are his brothers, sisters and villagers.  The song itself is based around Architecture in Helsinki’s “Heart It Races”, which follows.

Heart It Races – Architecture In Helsinki

thanks to Gotcha Media for tipping me off to the video.

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January 13, 2009 - Posted by | african, afrobeat, architecture in Helsinki, esau mwamwaya, ghost of electricity, jameson, malawi, mixtape, radioclit, santogold, toodrunktodream, vampire weekend, video


  1. Hi, I’m reading your blog. Are you the same “Ghost of Electricity” who is on the Okkervil River board? This is “suzanne78704.” We have a lot in common musically speaking–love that you have Ryan Adams’ Henry Rollins’ show appearance. Nice “Cardinology” review.

    Keep on bloggin’


    Comment by suzanne78704 | January 14, 2009 | Reply

  2. hi suzanne. no…I’m not the same guy 😦

    But your comments have made my day… The Cardinology review, and everything else for that matter, is a labor of love. I’m saddened that Ryan has decided to leave the business of music. Hopefully that doesn’t last too long!

    Okkervil River – Oh man, what can I say. Why haven’t i seen them live, like ever? I don’t get it. have a great day! Thanks for reading!

    Comment by TooDrunkToDream | January 16, 2009 | Reply

  3. Okay, I was confused…your blog is entitled “Ghost of Electricity,” and your user name is toodrunktodream. Anyway, I heard that Ryan backed off on the whole leaving the business thing. I think he said that he’s not really leaving, just going to go away and “find” himself. I am so glad he has seemingly sobered up. Live it’s like night an day. I had the pleasure of being in the studio at KUT radio in Austin while he, Neal, and Brad taped a live performance/interview. Nothing he said made any sense at all. I told my friend the interviewer good luck with editing that! I’ll continue unconditionally to love him and his nutjobness. You must see Okkervil live. I have a video on youtube of “For Real.” My user name is suzanne78704.

    Comment by suzanne78704 | January 16, 2009 | Reply

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