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6 albums you need to hear this week

Highly anticipated EP by Ghanaian rapper M.anifest, R&S Records and Many Time collaboration compilation, debut EP from South African DJ and producer Doowap and many more to hear this week.

M.anifest - The Gamble EP cover

The Gamble


Ghanaian hip-hop/afrobeat singer and rapper, M.anifest releases his highly anticipated EP titled The Gamble. The groovy 7-track body of work which opens with the title track, “The Gamble” is a reflection of the chances we take on love and life. The project features an array of musical heavyweights such as Grammy-nominated artist Burna BoyBayku, Kojey Radical, Worlasi, Moelogo, Simi, and B4bonah, who brought on the best of their vocal skills that contributed to the uniqueness and faultless precision the EP embodies.

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Ecko Bazz feat Biga Yut hakula

Tuli Banyo 

Ecko Bazz & Biga Yut

Grimy rap killers from two of Uganda’s finest MC’s, Ecko Bazz & Biga Yut, with production from Nihiloxica’s pq and a remix from a new name, Ekhe, all doing it for Nyege Nyege Tapes’ sister label, Hakuna Kulala. The energy and rudeness of the original recalls early UK grime, with pq’s Mr. Slash-like rhythm held tight for the rambunctious MCs, before Leeds/London’s Ekhe reworks the thing as a grimy stepper with serious hardcore techno intentions.

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DJ Doowap - EP

Mood Swings

DJ Doowap

One of the most highly recommended live mix DJs in South Africa, DJ Doowap launches her debut EP Mood Swings. Khetsiwe Morgan AKA Doowap is a British-South African radio host (YFM), TV host (One Mic SABC1), hair artist and DJ dabbling in hip-hop, electronic, kwaito and gqom. Recording in English, French and Zulu to convey the message that love is its own language and does indeed connect us all, Doowap’s original productions are full of colour, charisma and coy charm.

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The Deep EP


Experimental hip-hop group Clipping’s The Deep is a dark sci-fi tale about the underwater-dwelling descendants of African women thrown off slave ships, based on the mythology of Detroit electronic group Drexciya. Musically, Clipping. is in fine form, sonics chopping and changing in discombobulated fashion across rapper David Diggs’ torpedo-quick delivery. The vinyl and digital versions include two otherwise-unreleased extra tracks–including “Aquacode Databreaks,” which features Shabazz Palaces–and the vinyl edition includes instrumental versions of all three tracks.

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R&S More Time records

R&S presents: More Time Records Vol 1

Various Artists

R&S Records team up with London-based label More Time for a four-track compilation representing their signature sound of percussion-driven dance music. Headed up by DJs and producers SNØW and Ahadadream, this More Time’s release reflect an international vision marrying the sounds of Ghana, Trinidad, Saudi Arabia, The DRC and South Africa with a rugged UK. The compilation consists of four tracks with rap band from London Bala Bala Boyz, Ghanean artist Bryte and obviously SNØW and Ahadadream.

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Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps

Fireboy DML

After three elegant singles, the handsome Nigerian releases his first album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, a hip-hop and afropop love story. Freshly released a few months ago, Fireboy DML climbed on the bandwagon and quickly found a first-class seat by joining YBNL, Olamide label, ready to conquer the world with his youthful and fluid flow that provides a breath of fresh air. It’s now time to discover a little more about this first album, Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, in which the lover boy turns his emotions and experiences into music, determined to rally the youth of his generation to his cause…

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