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the album to follow-up board favourite single Akanamali is out and it's all gorgeous afro-house in the same vein. one of my favourite pop albums so far this year

ufo, Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

Akanamali was by far my favorite discovery from the year-end poll, will definitely check this out.

bhad gon' hurt your bhack (voodoo chili), Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:01 (nine months ago) Permalink

Probably as good a place as any to put this, which I've never seen mentioned on ILM

omar little, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:02 (nine months ago) Permalink

wait is this on the album too?

omar little, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:03 (nine months ago) Permalink

Ubala is really excellent, one of his best though it's not on the album

ufo, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:04 (nine months ago) Permalink

never mind it's on a mix he put out with the same name:

omar little, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:04 (nine months ago) Permalink

album tracklist:
1. With You (feat. Desiree Dawson)
2. Akanamali (feat. Samthing Soweto)
3. Sengimoja
4. Life We Live (feat. Les-Ego & Nontu X)
5. No Stopping Us (feat. S-Tone)
6. Goodbye (feat. DJ Charl & Lelo Kamau)
7. Umalukatane (feat. S-Tone)
8. Sonini (feat. Simmy & Lelo Kamau)
9. Ntaba Ezikude (feat. Simmy)
10. Random
11. The Wave
12. Bamthathile (feat. Mlindo the Vocalist)
13. Yere Faga (feat. Oumou Sangaré) [Sun–El Musician Remix]

ufo, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:07 (nine months ago) Permalink

if there is even 1 song on here that's half as good as sonini then this'll probably be my favorite album of the year

brendon urine (diamonddave85), Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:16 (nine months ago) Permalink

super excited for this, but it doesn't seem particularly available yet? (at least in Canada)

rob, Thursday, 19 April 2018 17:40 (nine months ago) Permalink

it's out on the 20th digitally (which it is here) but when I posted this thread I thought it had been released digitally a few days ago since it seems to have gotten a surprise physical release then in South Africa

ufo, Thursday, 19 April 2018 23:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

Oh, lol, it's in Denmark as well now. I don't think they accounted for summer time.

Frederik B, Friday, 20 April 2018 00:15 (nine months ago) Permalink

excited to hear this! "akanamali" is still achingly beautiful

dyl, Friday, 20 April 2018 03:16 (nine months ago) Permalink

I really love the interplay between the scatting vocals and the brass on Sengimoja

ufo, Friday, 20 April 2018 05:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

this album is exactly what i could've hoped for, about an hour of songs that scratch the same itch as akanamali

bhad gon' hurt your bhack (voodoo chili), Friday, 20 April 2018 23:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

been looking forward to this, haven't heard it yet

Dan S, Friday, 20 April 2018 23:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

really quite impressed on first listen. the back half might be my favorite, with the two purely instrumental cuts toward the end being big highlights, "the wave" in particular.

"akanamali" really deserved to conquer the world. as much as i hate to keep singling it out for praise, it deserves all of it and more.

dyl, Saturday, 21 April 2018 02:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

for whatever reason the follow-up single to "akanamali", "bamthathile", has not clicked with me tho

dyl, Saturday, 21 April 2018 02:52 (nine months ago) Permalink

oh man i love bamthathile. loving this so far

Heez, Saturday, 21 April 2018 03:03 (nine months ago) Permalink

This is great.

Tim F, Sunday, 22 April 2018 01:30 (nine months ago) Permalink

good timing for summer around the corner

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Sunday, 22 April 2018 05:15 (nine months ago) Permalink

what a good album

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, 22 April 2018 13:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

god bless a record that goes out of its way to make me feel like i'm on a boat

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, 22 April 2018 13:51 (nine months ago) Permalink

aw :)

Yeah, this album is really good.

Frederik B, Sunday, 22 April 2018 15:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

Hate to make this comparison, but some of this sounds like an Innervisions release or something I expect Dixon to be remixing.

But yeah, enjoying this a lot anyway.

MikoMcha, Monday, 23 April 2018 08:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

Haha yeah I remember Culoe de Song’s early stuff sounded a lot like this.

Tim F, Monday, 23 April 2018 08:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

Nothing off this has stood out as much as Akanamali, which is a one-in-a-million amazing song, but it's neat so far.

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Monday, 23 April 2018 13:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

If you ever get to go on a sunset drive down the motorway, whack that song tout-de-suite

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Monday, 23 April 2018 13:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

this is amazing

Nourry, Monday, 23 April 2018 22:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

Okay so I still think Akanamali is a unique piece of work that towers over p much everything here. About 50% of the rest of this sounds like passable vocal house and doesn't really interest me. I definitely prefer the stuff that's more obviously African/South African styling but I need to listen a few more times.

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 08:46 (eight months ago) Permalink

It may be classic vocal house, but I like its light-luminous-breezy character so imo it compares favorably to classic house (a genre I've only brushed admittedly). Akanamali will likely remain the crowd favorite, but the rest is really consistent and agreeable, with some glorious layers and a great sense of melody. I haven't bought a CD in ages, but I'd buy this to play it in the car yeah. Impressive debut.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 10:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'll say it's a bit unfortunate to open with With You given some of the tracks that follow, it'd have made more sense to have Simmy instead of the American accent of that Canadian chick. I'm also questioning it because the latter part of the album (from Sonini to Bamthathile) sounds so strong to me, though I can't complain about Akanamali - No Stopping Us - Goodbye.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

If you like Akanamali, this one is for sure the closest

Nabozo, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'm kinda addicted to 'Sengimoja' and 'Goodbye'.

Nourry, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

Nabozo OTM. With You is kind of hedging its bets, but overall it's a pleasant (sometimes erring on the safe/generic side) listen. The last part of the album is much more like it as far as I care so far. This'll make great BBQ music whatever happens

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

With You is one of the weaker tracks but it's still nice for the vocal loop that comes in at the end.

ufo, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:21 (eight months ago) Permalink

Sengimoja is the one.

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 19:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

I was listening to Sonsini and thinking how amazing it would be to be dancing to this song at sunrise and then the soft rock guitar came in and just slayed me. That one might actually be better than Akanamali.

The rest of this album = let vibes be unconfined.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 08:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

Sonini slightly reminds me of Time is Over (for sheer technoish sky-suspended brilliance). Qamata sonini.

Nabozo, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

Okay I listened to the whole album twice while driving this morning and it's really growing on me. Still not a big fan of the first track but the rest is wonderful. Definitely great in the right context

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

since I rinsed Akanamali last year, I find starting on track 3 works really well

rob, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Testing the waters with the Sun-El fandom: I posted this slightly trippy SA gem on the Afropop thread, but over there no one’s biting.

Zinaro ft. JB (of Thee Legacy) & Dust, “Dali Wami”

breastcrawl, Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

As for the S-EM album, “No Stopping Us”, which didn’t do much for me when it dropped in February alongside “Bamthathile”, really shines in the album context. It wears its generic Robin Schulziness extremely well.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

Every English-language voice on this is kind of unwelcome even when the music is amazing - that first track is a case in point, when she drifts into the background and the vocal loops come in it's completely sublime but before that nah.

Matt DC, Thursday, 10 May 2018 11:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

Agree on “With You” (but it’s as much the melody and the vocal itself as the English) and maybe “Life We Live”, but I’m fine with the English on “No Stopping Us” and “Goodbye”. NSU feels to me like an open invitation to play Janelle’s “Screwed” next.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 10 May 2018 12:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

is there a way of buying this album without having to go via iTunes? I don't want a stupid iTunes format file, I want an MP3 or pref a FLAC/WAV?

Hire Planes (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 22:23 (eight months ago) Permalink

I don't know if it's available digitally in FLAC/WAV anywhere but Google Play has it in 320 mp3

ufo, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 23:06 (eight months ago) Permalink

“Sonini”, the track with Simmy and Lelo Kamau, is the new single and has a video to go with it:

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

i think that's my second favourite after Akanamali

Hire Planes (dog latin), Thursday, 24 May 2018 08:20 (seven months ago) Permalink

The entire run from Sonini to the end is absolutely faultless and glorious.

Matt DC, Thursday, 24 May 2018 10:09 (seven months ago) Permalink

i'm looking forward to this being my sunny road trip album this summer

dyl, Saturday, 26 May 2018 18:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Album of my summer. Particularly the second half. I do wish it was available physically.

mike t-diva, Monday, 16 July 2018 08:24 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Bumping for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Jeff W, Saturday, 25 August 2018 16:58 (four months ago) Permalink

I liked this from the git-go, but I had it on the other day and realized that it's really sunk in for me without me realizing. So many great tracks.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 25 August 2018 17:05 (four months ago) Permalink

Simmy's album Tugela Fairy is supposed to be out sometime in the near future. hopefully there's more songs as great as Ubala on it

ufo, Sunday, 26 August 2018 00:32 (four months ago) Permalink

can confirm that this album is excellent sunny road-trip listening!!

dyl, Sunday, 26 August 2018 16:53 (four months ago) Permalink

"ubala" is really nice

dyl, Sunday, 26 August 2018 19:02 (four months ago) Permalink

ain't no stopping us the sun is out let's have some fun

dyl, Sunday, 26 August 2018 19:23 (four months ago) Permalink

i'm glad simmy will be putting out her own album

i also love lelo kamau's vocal on "goodbye" especially

dyl, Sunday, 26 August 2018 19:24 (four months ago) Permalink

yesss "sengimoja" has a video now too

def another album highlight

dyl, Saturday, 8 September 2018 03:18 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Mlindo The Vocalist, the... singer who’s featured on “Bamthathile”, has his own album out (he worked with DJ Maphorisa though, not with Sun-El).

“AmaBlesser” is the hit:

breastcrawl, Friday, 5 October 2018 07:11 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Simmy dropped three tracks of her upcoming album. Very hard to choose between them, they’re all gorgeous, but I’m picking “Umahlalela”:

breastcrawl, Friday, 9 November 2018 11:01 (two months ago) Permalink

This seems as good a place as any to post this majestic Heavy K track that's in a similar (but perhaps more euphoric) vein:

Matt DC, Friday, 9 November 2018 11:14 (two months ago) Permalink

Yes, that’s a good one.

But damn it, I can’t not post “Ngiyesaba” also. Bring it on, Simmy!

breastcrawl, Friday, 9 November 2018 11:44 (two months ago) Permalink

the Simmy album is out 16 November, super excited for that, all the singles are fantastic

ufo, Friday, 9 November 2018 12:04 (two months ago) Permalink

the three simmy tracks are all rly impressive. and "ubala" ofc is gorgeous. anticipating the album!

dyl, Saturday, 10 November 2018 20:54 (two months ago) Permalink

“Umahlalela” is the highest scoring song of the year in The Singles Jukebox:

breastcrawl, Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:52 (two months ago) Permalink

Tugela Fairy is divine, especially loving Njalo (Ufikile) and Vele Kungcono

ufo, Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Jealous of your ears, ufo! I trust it to be on Spotify by tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in a similarish vein, Bucie also dropped an album this week, Rebirth. It didn’t really grab me on first listen, but “Soz’ Uphinde” (which I posted on the Afropop thread a while back) is very good, and closing track “Glory” stood out as well. The highlight for me is “You Chose Me” with Yemi Alade, an unexpected delight:

breastcrawl, Thursday, 15 November 2018 18:56 (two months ago) Permalink

“Umahlalela” is the highest scoring song of the year in The Singles Jukebox:
― breastcrawl, Thursday, November 15, 2018 12:52 PM (seven hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I guess I'm disappointed this is not a cover of Mahlalela (by Letta Mbulu). Though I think it's still a traditional South African "chant". I wish there was a list / anthology somewhere of these folk songs. At least ever since I heard the soundtrack of Sarafina (which I can't resist to post two from).

Nabozo, Thursday, 15 November 2018 19:35 (two months ago) Permalink

those simmy tracks are great

nxd, Friday, 16 November 2018 13:49 (two months ago) Permalink

The album is on spotify now. It's good.

Frederik B, Friday, 16 November 2018 13:58 (two months ago) Permalink

yeh it is cheers, this is lovely friday afternoon stuff

nxd, Friday, 16 November 2018 15:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Such a wonderful album. The whole stretch from “Hamba Juba” to “Ngonile” is flawless.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 18 November 2018 22:23 (two months ago) Permalink

Such a beautiful album.

Tim F, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 21:50 (two months ago) Permalink

just been listening to it all week

nxd, Friday, 23 November 2018 09:37 (one month ago) Permalink

ummm so i was at my 10-year high school reunion tonight (lol) and fucking "akanamali" was on the playlist at the bar where it was hosted. i freaked out slightly and actually briefly asked around as to who put the playlist together. fess up, which one of you was it?!?

dyl, Saturday, 24 November 2018 06:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Listening to this again after a few days’ hiatus, and me totally otm:

The whole stretch from “Hamba Juba” to “Ngonile” is flawless.

That seven song sequence could very well be my favorite stretch on any album this year.

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 27 November 2018 21:23 (one month ago) Permalink


nxd, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:30 (one month ago) Permalink

Video for Simmy’s “Umahlalela”:

breastcrawl, Friday, 30 November 2018 11:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Sun-EL’s video for “Ntaba Ezikude” (featuring Simmy!) is out:

breastcrawl, Friday, 14 December 2018 06:51 (one month ago) Permalink

Tugela Fairy also happens to be the perfect Xmas album

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 25 December 2018 02:46 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Have yourself a Simmy little Christmas!

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 25 December 2018 03:07 (four weeks ago) Permalink

so much great music across these albums

dyl, Tuesday, 25 December 2018 05:47 (four weeks ago) Permalink

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