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Radioclit, sans Mwamwaya.


Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit, Bester Than Ever

Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and production duo Radioclit aren't simply the best. Peep the title of their mix tape from last year: Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit Are the Very Best. On this blog-approved mash-up, Mwamwaya’s jubilant vocals and source material like Vampire Weekend and the Beatles ran through Radioclit's cracked filter. The crew’s coming back in the fall with Warm Heart of Africa, a proper full-length with all original productions, and the first single, “Ntende Uli” — built on a solitary synth burble and big angry drums that make Mwamwaya sound absolutely epic — promises something special. This isn’t quite another stop on the indie-rock-dips-a-toe-into-world-music tour (previous stops: Konono N°1, Staff Benda Bilili), thanks to those crafty Radioclit productions, which run a common thread through some of that other stuff from the Pitchfork homepage.

New Very Best - "Ntende Uli" [Stereogum]

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