June 27, 2009

New Tunes From The Very Best!

Ever since The Very Best released their mixtape last year, I've been anxiously awaiting an official release from the group. The Very Best is composed of British DJ duo Radioclit and Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya, and their mixtape was so good that it made our Best of 2008 list last year.

The Very Best are back with some hot tracks to promote their upcoming album, and they are DOPE. The first, "Warm Heart of Africa" features vocals from Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. The Very Best covered Vampire Weekend's "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" last year, so this collaboration make sense. Sonically, it shows Koenig embracing the African themes that influence Vampire Weekend, which is pretty cool. The song is great.

The Very Best f. Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) - Warm Heart of Africa (YSI) (filesavr)

I hate to break my remix-free streak, but I feel obligated to share the remix of "Warm Heart of Africa" by Theophilus London. London is one of my favorite up and coming rappers ("Leader of the New School" is straight fire), and although his verses on this track aren't the best I've heard from him, the remix is good.

The Very Best f. Theophilus London - Warm Heart of Africa (Theophilus London Remix) (YSI) (filesavr)

Finally, a track that comes labeled as simply Esau Mwamwaya - my favorite of the bunch. Not sure if Radioclit is on this one, but the track is phenomenal. Stuttering skips and organ-y synth back Mwamwaya's awesome voice and really show why people should be listening to these guys. Dig it.

Esau Mwamwaya - Chalo (YSI) (filesavr)

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