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Coffee with plantain is always a winning combination if you ever need a little pick-me-up

The Ibeyi’s Yoruba Doom Soul is my pick of the day.

The french Afro-Cuban sisters, daughters of the famous Cuban percussionist, Miguel ‘Anga’ Diaz, are cutting a path for themselves, serving up spiritual sounds mixed with hip-hop, electronica and Yoruba lore from Nigeria.

Channeling their musical energy from their Afro-Cuban heritage, the twins see themselves as part of a new breed of musicians seeking to push the boundaries of the music scene in the African Diaspora.

Below is their video for a track titled ‘Rivers’, dedicated to the the goddess Oshun, the mother of the Ibeyi which means “twins” in Yoruba.

When it comes to future funk, nobody does it quite like Jamie Lidell. The English born resident of Nashville has never failed in delivering gut moving soulful hooks over seductive experimental productions. His latest track ‘You Naked’ is from his self titled album ‘Jamie Liddell’ out Feb 18/19.

Not a 100% on the trench rocking throwback but the track is definitely sub-zero slick!

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Sam Sparro is an undeniable favourite for the 80s music connoisseur.

Coming out of his brief hiatus, his much anticipated LP, Return To Paradise , is certainly taking no prisoners. The album further explores his romance with a disco/funk/electronica sound. Lack luster for some, the album certainly exposes Sparro in a tamer more mature form.Less whackyness and more composed if you will.

Track 11,’Return to paradise’, is the black horse off the album. Its lyrical smoothness and deep futuristic soul is magnetic. (Sex)ual, on automatic. Enjoy.

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Its been a while since Tiombe Lockhart brought out some solo stuff.

The Atlanta born Neo soul singer/songwriter well known for her collabs with Platnium Pied Pipers (PPP) recently formed an electronic funk group called Cubic Zirconica with Nick Hook and Daud Sturdivant.

Here is a track titled ‘Mr. Johnny Walker’ from 2005. Best described as an Ella Fitzgeraldesque song with a southern swing mellowed with a hint of electronic bleeps.

Enjoy.

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Rising RnB star Frank Ocean is celebrating his own (Independence Day) these days. Releasing a post which was originally supposed to be in line with his upcoming album, Channel Orange, he describes his bi-sexuality.

However you want to read into this, Frank has made a very brave human statement in an industry drenched in misogynistic and homophobic dogma that has left very little room for Rnb/hip hop acts to express their sexuality. Only time will tell whether this will hurt his career or lead to a wider acceptance of his music from a more liberal diverse generation of RnB lovers.

Happy Independence Frank. Pyramids.

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Smooth chilled moments this sunday afternoon with this gem to keep you fixed to your deck chairs.

Late Night Tough Guy (LNTG) is somewhat of an internet sensation. Known for his killer edits of popular tracks, his production skills and impeccable songs of choice, its a no brainer that he has gathered a huge fan-base.

His edit of Janet Jackson’s 90s classic ‘Thats The Way Love Goes’ stays true to the original, breathing new air into it. Pure sugar..

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Miss Azealia Banks is a hottish rapper,singer and lyricist from the depths of Harlem signed to Interscope Records. Known on the streets under her alias ‘Miss Bank$’ her debut single “212” feat Lazy Jay, topped in several Euro countries and is featured on a number of mixtapes.

Think Nicky Minaj meets Queen B under gamma ray conditions…scary:)

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Introducing THEEsatisfaction a fresh duo comprised of Stasi Irons (Stash) and Cathrine-Harris White (Cat). The nubian duo first emerged last year and have released their first album ‘awe natural’ and are set to tour. Their latest cut Queens is a delicious neo soul cut that celebrates the sisters. Nothing short of a pseudo lesbionic jam to the ears.Get some.

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Merry x-mas and all that jazz.

Lagos a.k.a Las Gidi has been nothing short of one big hangover without recovery.

The coastal city has a way of lulling you into a false sense of abadonment as it clutches you with its nightlife. Well,until the bartender hits you and your crew with a devasting bil. Auto-lounge to be avoided at all cost if your not packing some billionaire chedder. Pitch Bar is an absolute yes for those who like to groove. Shout out to DJ Brave for a righteous set.

On to some sounds.

Bok Bok from NightSlugs does a nasty remix of Girl Unit – IRL which is simply a killer groove with high fidelty dubstep and electronica. Smells like a winner. Other tracks included.