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]