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 | 3 Comments

Femi Kuti – Day By Day [2008] – carrying Afrobeat’s torch


Popmatters says:

Seven years was certainly worth the wait for Day by Day, one of the 2008’s best releases. The album features all the hallmarks of a pop sensation—tight arrangements with intoxicating hooks, rousing choruses, and sing-along vocals.


AllMusic mentions:

He no longer feels the need to either enshrine his father’s music in nostalgic reconstructions of it, nor does he need to indulge American hip-hop and funk or European electronica the way he once did. That said, Kuti still plays Afro-beat, but he puts his unique stamp on the music of his father. Here, slower burning funk sits side by side with African polyrhythmic folk forms; dubby reggae sidles up to African soul and Afro-beat.

I say…. damn this is hot. Demo Crazy is so infectious!


Femi Kuti – 04 Demo Crazy.m4a

Femi Kuti – 03 Day By Day.m4a

December 11, 2008 Posted by | afrobeat, fela kuti, femi kuti, jameson, toodrunktodream | Leave a comment