Juls + Sango: Angele Ni Fe

A fusion of Brazilian funk, Amapiano (South African house), Afrobeat and Latin-influenced rhythms, Juls and Sango’s collaborative track “Angele Ni Fe” marks the first release from Soulection Records this year. This song (alongside “Ritmo Coco”) appears on their joint EP, Fufu & Grits. Vocal and drum samples comprise the track’s foundation, while horns and deeper bass notes are blended in to form a danceable, upbeat …

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Spanish-language funk, jazz with Nigerian rhythms, hypnotic nu-disco and more new music this week

Jessie Ware: Spotlight Lush, hypnotic, dramatic, and drenched in disco, Jessie Ware’s “Spotlight” is everything one could ask for in a club-ready tune. From her upcoming fourth LP What’s Your Pleasure? (the follow up to 2017’s Glasshouse), the song was co-written with Danny Parker, Shungudzo Kuyimba and Arctic Monkeys producer James Ford and seems to confirm the English singer/songwriter’s position as a nu-disco diva. The …

KOKOROKO: Carry Me Home

Inspired by Afrobeat artist Dele Sosimi, KOKOROKO’s “Carry Me Home” mixes Nigerian rhythms with jazz influences to form a hypnotic tune. It’s upbeat, groovy and wildly infectious. “Before melody or harmony, there’s rhythm,” Sheila Maurice-Grey, KOKOROKO’s band leader, says of the release. “Carry Me Home” has just a few vocals, but breathy harmonizing adds layers and leaves space for an ebbing and flowing saxophone.