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Wah gwan, <<First Name>>!

If you're new here, welcome to nexxting ⁠— a weekly global music release round-up by Jamila Isoke.

The main goal of this newsletter is to share great music releases and stories from talent around the globe, but I also want to learn and refine key concepts from a music discovery app idea that people (read: a solid 3 IG followers) fell in love with.

With that said, I want to hear from you! Hit reply and let me know what your favorite track/part of this week's issue is.


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PS - I still haven't recovered from last Saturday's Beenie Man 'verzuz' Bounty Killer show—apologies in advance I'm not actually sorry at all. 
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PPPS - Some of y'all harassed me for access to my personal Spotify playlists. Find them here.

 

Top Drops

The best 5 releases of last week imo.

 


 

Running on clash energy / 🇬🇧 🇯🇲


Beenie Man and Bounty Killer's Verzuz clash left me in the mood for more dancehall MCing. Feeding that craving right now is Potential Badboy’s remix of dub/drum & bass banger “Raggamuffin” by SHY FX & Mr. Williams. (Last week’s drop “Balaclava” also deserves a mention.)  

 

 

A pivoting queen - love to see it / 🇬🇧 🇿🇦


I first heard this track in a random dance clip and immediately went digging. Do y’all remember CEO Dancers from Britain’s Got Talent 2013? My jaw was on the ground when I realized that “Look at Her” was by the same Nqobilé from the former Afro-dance trio. Hayibo yebo!
 

 

Love at first listen / 🇺🇸


Anything involving band Free Nationals must be played at least thrice—issa rule—but I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this one so much. “ALLSTAR” made me an instant fan of Rae Khalil; plus, the crowd-sourced lyric video is brilliant (and the ending is hilarious).
Spotify / Apple / Tidal
 

 

Wooyyy, mi body / 🇯🇲


I don't know where to begin with this one... How sexy it is? How refreshing Lila’s voice is for reggae? How perfectly the simple production complements the said sexiness and voice? Listen to “Stars Align” by Lila Iké, and then set her brand new album ExPerience as the soundtrack to your night. 
Spotify / Apple / Tidal
 

 

Because Jazz / 🇬🇧


Closing out this week’s top 5 with Nubiyan Twist and Ego Ella May's Afro-jazz/Soul drop "24-7". It’s hella good and features an up-and-coming songstress I love (and it's lowkey in honour of Manu Dibango, the Afro-jazz pioneer who we lost to COVID-19—more below). 
 
 

Shoutout to

  1. Kim for explaining Vegedream's "Juste Une Fois": Vegedream is talking about a girl whose DMs he slid into. She’s not answering him, but he really wants her, which I think is appropriate lyrics as a tribute to [Rupee's "Tempted to Touch"].
  2. Bobmel for putting me on to Juls and Aymos's "Tembisa". Idk how I call myself an AmaPiano aficionado, yet I missed this release. The last 20 seconds of the track is JOKES. SN: Juls is a British-Ghanaian producer, and this is a South African genre ⁠— big tings a gwan.
 

More

Stories, videos and more chunes

 
  • I don’t know how I missed the news of Manu Dibango’s passing in late March, but less than a year ago, the Cameroonian was killing the sax on French crooner Tayc’s track “Ewondo ou Bami”. 

  • More on Saturday’s Verzuz clash: We’ve got the playlists (Spotify / Apple)! For a throwback in this decades-long rivalry, check out one of Anthony and Rodney's previous clashes (the first?) at Sting 1993. Not familiar with Jamaican clash culture? Maybe check out this quick video on its history first.

  • "AWAY" by Afro-pop newcomer Oxlade grew on me this week, especially after learning that its inspiration is a real-life messy love story 🌚 and the music video portrays how Oxlade wishes things would've transpired. 

  • Meleğim” originally dropped back in February, but I JUST discovered Algeria’s Soolking. This collaboration with French-Congolese artist Dadju is fya—I’m here for all of these franco-afro-arab-rappy-dancehallesque vibes.

  • On the note of late discoveries and 🔥, the UK-based Afrofuturist band Onipa captured me with their January release “Fire”. But also check out visuals for the title track to their debut album “We No Be Machines” (live performance).

  • If this newsletter had launched earlier this month, Haile Supreme’s smooth “Elsewhere” definitely would’ve been in a Top 5. Di song sweet yuh frig. ❤️

  • Disclosure’s latest single “ENERGY” will give you a self-development sermon—can always count on Eric Thomas for those—and transport you to carnaval (🇧🇷) at the same damn time.

  • It still amazes me that Idris Elba’s a legit Dance music DJ/producer. I’ve been bouncing to “Girl With The Bat” featuring Shadow Boxxer.

  • There's something about Kezyklef's production  in “Fever” by Nigeria’s iLLBliss and Yemi Alade.

  • Since so many of y’all loved last week’s UK Grime chune, here’s the latest addition to my Q2 playlist: Wiey’s “Bruce Wayne”.

 
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