gratitude is a must: the Koffee thread

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Hands-down the 2018 song that gave me the most joy was teenaged Koffee's "Toast":

Her forthcoming EP should be fire based on the rest of her singles:



Somehow she elegantly bridges the roots revival (best represented by her mentor Chronixx) and the more pop-oriented dancehall scenes (she can absolutely spit), and I am positively antsy waiting for her next tune.

rob, Friday, 1 February 2019 00:01 (one year ago) link

i think she's a star! Curious to see if she starts touring EU/US heavily this summer.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 1 February 2019 00:35 (one year ago) link

She's signed to Columbia UK, so Europe is a good bet. I suppose Montreal is longshot, but I'd consider a NYC trip just to see her.

rob, Friday, 1 February 2019 00:37 (one year ago) link

Dancehall has never been my thing, but I def fuck with Toast.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 1 February 2019 00:41 (one year ago) link

Ok, so it turns out I fuck with all four of these ("Burning" the most, maybe?)

Johnny Fever, Friday, 1 February 2019 00:46 (one year ago) link

this is good and i haven't heard it before now, so thank you for starting this thread

The Elvis of Nationalism and Amoral Patriotism (rushomancy), Friday, 1 February 2019 00:49 (one year ago) link

I could see that--she has a lightness of touch that's pretty atypical and enormously appealing plus a ton of youthful energy.

Toast is actually the one that's closest to dancehall, while the rest are more rooted in reggae (though a 21st century and, again, a light on its feet version of it).

Here's a fun video of her with Chronixx at Tuff Gong:

rob, Friday, 1 February 2019 00:54 (one year ago) link

that's heartening, she's solid live out the gate.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 1 February 2019 00:55 (one year ago) link

their reactions to each other at the end of that make me giddy

rob, Friday, 1 February 2019 00:55 (one year ago) link

live-ish version of Raggamuffin:

rob, Friday, 1 February 2019 00:57 (one year ago) link

Crazy flow on "Raggamuffin".

jmm, Friday, 1 February 2019 02:25 (one year ago) link

She has all the looks of a future icon to me. Rootsy dancehall is definitely a perfect direction to go into. I really like what's going on behind her in the production. And she finds time to do homage to 80s dancehall or Roots all the while working on an intense tune that sounds so fresh. Again, the details in Toast: those finger snaps, the different little synth melodies, the little drums. And maaaan it's spacey and bangs and flows. Amazing work for someone so young. And I talk most about Toast because I see it as a kind of masterpiece, but the others are A+ reggae too and she released them one after the other.

Nabozo, Friday, 1 February 2019 10:08 (one year ago) link

All for this thread. Thanks, rob!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 1 February 2019 10:08 (one year ago) link

Toast is very much my favourite, mostly because it's the one that has the least roots influence. Much as I like roots and reggae, living in the wookiest area of Bristol has made me a bit averse to roots-fusion music.

frame casual (dog latin), Friday, 1 February 2019 16:19 (one year ago) link

what's wookiest?

i really like her, glad i clicked on thread

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 1 February 2019 16:54 (one year ago) link

lol does wookie mean white rasta in Bristol?

Toast is my favorite too, as Nabozo said the production is killer (Walshy Fire iirc). Watching that Big Yard Freestyle video a couple times yesterday made me get why longneck loves Raggamuffin so much though

rob, Friday, 1 February 2019 17:16 (one year ago) link

liking these tracks, top thread

my name is leee john, for we are many (NickB), Friday, 1 February 2019 17:29 (one year ago) link

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 3 February 2019 19:51 (one year ago) link

I was liking “Toast” quite a lot already, but it has zoomed up all my rankings in the past few days. I’m also very fond of “Burning”.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 3 February 2019 21:17 (one year ago) link

lol does wookie mean white rasta in Bristol?

more or less. I was using it in that context I guess

frame casual (dog latin), Monday, 4 February 2019 01:32 (one year ago) link

toast is so good

the performance w chronixx is so solid too

||||||||, Sunday, 17 February 2019 00:31 (one year ago) link

Perhaps not surprisingly, “Toast” is also by far the biggest Jamaican song in Africa right now, especially in the Eastern reggae stronghold (as in top 10 streaming in Uganda, for example).

How big is Koffee in Jamaica itself? Is she a breakout star or does she have more of a leftfield appeal?

breastcrawl, Sunday, 17 February 2019 02:49 (one year ago) link

all her singles so far are great

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Sunday, 17 February 2019 03:31 (one year ago) link

Great videos for "Toast" and "Throne" too.

jmm, Sunday, 17 February 2019 03:34 (one year ago) link

This is a cool interview. Apparently the EP comes out next month.

Also of note: it's her birthday today (Feb 16), and she loves Afrobeats.

jmm, Sunday, 17 February 2019 03:50 (one year ago) link

"I hope to start a wave of gratitude."

jmm, Sunday, 17 February 2019 03:52 (one year ago) link

That is a good interview! Excited to hear there's a track with Govana on the EP, that could be v cool. And I loved her answer to the Mud Up question--gonna have to find a way to keep my excitement about her crossover powers under control.

I'd been hesitant to listen to that Usain Bolt tribute song, but as much as it's clearly juvenilia, now I get why she got signed so quickly (also fun to learn that he played a part in her getting noticed). I hope there's an acoustic track on the EP, she's got all kinds of talent.

rob, Sunday, 17 February 2019 15:52 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

smh at Alfred

anyway, Rapture is out March 14

rob, Monday, 4 March 2019 20:41 (one year ago) link

Rapture is out and it's gorgeous, even though I must admit I was hoping for more than two new tracks.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 15 March 2019 15:28 (one year ago) link

yeah i was p excited but it's kinda just her spotify top tracks which i've been listening to lately

Yeah, it’s the four singles plus a track called “Blazin”, on Spotify at least. Is there a second new track somewhere (else)?

breastcrawl, Friday, 15 March 2019 15:38 (one year ago) link

The title track is new, isn't it?

jmm, Friday, 15 March 2019 15:39 (one year ago) link


Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 15 March 2019 15:42 (one year ago) link

Ah yeah, my bad. “Burning” is not on it.

breastcrawl, Friday, 15 March 2019 15:46 (one year ago) link

the EP is fantastic of course. I wonder if the Govana remix is forthcoming or its absence explains the brief delay

rob, Sunday, 17 March 2019 15:42 (one year ago) link

playing NYC on June 12

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 15:20 (one year ago) link

oof every time I check if an artist I like is coming to Montreal soon, they're all just playing Osheaga :/

I would kill to see her in London tomorrow night with Alicai Harley

rob, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 16:39 (one year ago) link

not much to hear but still a little thrill:

Omggggg Koffee covered Burna Boy’s Ye my actual heart 😭😭😭😭🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 I love her bmt

cc @Compozers

— manda (@Comanda_x) March 27, 2019

rob, Sunday, 31 March 2019 19:12 (one year ago) link

here's a full version from 1xtra:

though I think I prefer this live one:

the Atlantic has a good if slightly awkward profile of her:

rob, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 17:45 (one year ago) link

As a Koffee fan I was insanely vexed by my friends introducing me to both the Ye cover and Rapture yesterday. I have cool friends though.

Nabozo, Sunday, 7 April 2019 18:14 (one year ago) link

its getting a huge pr push it feels like

really good though!

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Sunday, 7 April 2019 23:26 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Koffee ft. Govana • Rapture (Remix):

breastcrawl, Friday, 31 May 2019 07:10 (one year ago) link

It's good, but since the original is perfect it also seems a bit unnecessary.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 31 May 2019 13:02 (one year ago) link

pretty great! I kind of wish they'd actually done a real remix so it would feel a little more necessary, but Govana's verses are great. Good video too

rob, Friday, 31 May 2019 13:36 (one year ago) link

NYC show pushed to September

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 31 May 2019 17:07 (one year ago) link

as much as I want that to be true, I'm gonna stick with my believe when I see it approach to R9

rob, Sunday, 2 June 2019 12:18 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Missed this completely, dropped a month ago: Koffee and Chronixx jumping on Sheeran & Bieber’s “I Don’t Care”...

(wish they had left S&B’s vocals off completely, but still not a good song anyway)

breastcrawl, Monday, 29 July 2019 21:48 (one year ago) link

So Burna and Koffee performed on Kimmel days apart? Missed opportunity if there ever was one:

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 07:39 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

rob, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 13:51 (eight months ago) link

Love this obvs

Very unexpected feature, but Gunna sounds good I think? Lyrics not exactly on point but whatever. Izy Beats has quite a resume building (he produced that nice Jorja Smith/Burna tune too).

rob, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 13:56 (eight months ago) link

Is she a fan of known coffee lovers The Descendents?

Attitude is a must
On our endless quest
To play hard, play fast
You must sacrifice

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 14:08 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

odd but enjoyable video for the Daniel Caesar "Cyanide" remix, gives her verse the spotlight and reduces exposure to Caesar's questionable pas-tois (though I basically dig the song):

rob, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 15:40 (seven months ago) link

really looking forward to her taking over in the coming decade

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 19:33 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Apropos of her feature on the J Hus album:

when u hear the other tracks i did with her. KMT it’s looooooong !

— JAE5 (@JAE5_) January 24, 2020

breastcrawl, Saturday, 25 January 2020 22:31 (six months ago) link

She is awesome on that track (outshines J Hus imo!). It's funny how very slowly her and Burna Boy are moving toward appearing on the same song together. V pleased about Jae5's involvement in her album, assuming that's what's being implied here

rob, Sunday, 26 January 2020 15:42 (six months ago) link

So she won the Grammy last night, and coincidentally I happened to hear "Toast" on the radio and look her up right after she'd won. Late to the party, I know. Great track and the whole EP is good.

I made a joke on the Grammy thread, but it is genuinely cool that she won as I swear if there's a Marley nominated it literally always goes to them whoever the hell they are. Anyway: delighted you discovered Koffee

rob, Monday, 27 January 2020 16:29 (six months ago) link

1st ever female reggae Grammy album winner

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 January 2020 16:34 (six months ago) link

oh shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit this tiny desk is fire on contact

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 01:16 (six months ago) link

love the 70s studio rat sound on Rapture and absolutely love her vibe as a human
the backup singers rule too

rob, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 14:50 (six months ago) link

they softened Toast a bit too much for me, but I really dug "W"

rob, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 14:54 (six months ago) link

Was W originally written for Rihanna? I always get that impression when I listen to it for some reason.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 20:20 (six months ago) link

do you mean the lyrics?

rob, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 22:06 (six months ago) link

Lyrics, melody, hip hop adjacent toned down reggae sound, gunna feature, etc. It all sounds like something she (and the team) might have attempted to write for Rihanna but used themselves when she (or her team) turned it down. But it's just a hunch, nothing more

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 22:09 (six months ago) link

yeah I can kind of hear what you're hearing, though I think there might be a few too many word per bar for someone who's more of a singer than rapper. I have mentally filed that Rihanna "reggae" album under 'so not gonna happen' (of course I will be thrilled if it materializes)

rob, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 22:12 (six months ago) link

Didn’t Rihanna “hire” her for exactly that purpose, or is that what you’re referring to?

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 22:38 (six months ago) link

yes there was a rumor (mentioned upthread iirc) about her being one of the many JA musicians said to be involved in the possibly mythical R9 "reggae" album

rob, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 22:48 (six months ago) link

i am, as the kids say, "here" for a Rihanna/Koffee single in 2020

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 00:09 (six months ago) link

Well yeah

More realistically I am already there for a Koffee/ Burna Boy collab

rob, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 01:56 (six months ago) link

Koffee-free content, still relevant:

Last night I dreamt I saw the new Rihanna video premiering on TV, and it was a South African-inspired dance track, supposedly amapiano, though from what I could pick up it didn’t really sound like that.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 08:42 (six months ago) link

ha ha. W sounds like something someone like Koffee might have written if they wanted to make a 2020 Bitch better have my money/Work for her. If it was turned down it was probably because it's not as outright swaggy as those two are. But it's not too far off either. I'm sure Koffee would have added some words for her own version.
Anyway, W is one of the serios growers of late 19. It didn't make too much of an impression on me at first but it has staying power. I suspect it will be with us until summer at the very least, unless she drops something bigger inbetween.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 09:40 (six months ago) link


human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 09:40 (six months ago) link

five months pass...

finally a new tune!


rob, Friday, 17 July 2020 17:25 (three weeks ago) link

this rules

rob, Friday, 17 July 2020 17:33 (three weeks ago) link


mozzy star (voodoo chili), Friday, 17 July 2020 18:32 (three weeks ago) link

get thee to the summer jams thread

mozzy star (voodoo chili), Friday, 17 July 2020 18:39 (three weeks ago) link

so great, she makes it seem so effortless

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 17 July 2020 18:46 (three weeks ago) link

I'm enjoying how massively beloved she is by the rest of the music community too. Popcaan making a silent cameo in this video, Aidonia has a line in a new song: it's a celebration, Koffee play "Toast"

rob, Friday, 17 July 2020 18:49 (three weeks ago) link


||||||||, Friday, 17 July 2020 19:43 (three weeks ago) link

koffee is the god
lack of ppe/social distance in the video makes me nervous tho tbh

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 17 July 2020 23:12 (three weeks ago) link

rob, Saturday, 18 July 2020 00:16 (three weeks ago) link

No need to be complacent of course

rob, Saturday, 18 July 2020 00:17 (three weeks ago) link


No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 31 July 2020 06:14 (one week ago) link

I listened to this last night on the worst possible speakers -- glad to discover there is actually bass on it! It makes for a nice b-side to Lockdown

rob, Friday, 31 July 2020 14:18 (one week ago) link

nice way of putting that it’s not as good as “Lockdown”!

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 31 July 2020 14:54 (one week ago) link

lol true, it's definitely just "solid"* while "Lockdown" is already one of my faves for the year.
But I did also mean thematically it works as a mirror image of Lockdown's joy in freedom to touch, release from confinement, and being financially stable.

*tbrr though I'm glad she's still putting out straightforward reggae. As a genre partisan it's nice to have someone with such a high profile repping for it.

rob, Friday, 31 July 2020 15:20 (one week ago) link

I know everyone knows this already but: koffee has the best voice in the world

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Friday, 31 July 2020 15:22 (one week ago) link

otm XD

rob, Friday, 31 July 2020 15:27 (one week ago) link

where will we GO

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Friday, 31 July 2020 15:43 (one week ago) link

has it been mentioned yet that “Lockdown” is THE summer jam?

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 2 August 2020 15:57 (one week ago) link

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