Highlife - F Kenya Rip
New Yorker Sleepy Doug Shaw (of White Magic) started a sideproject named after the west-African genre ‘highlife’.
F Kenya Rip was taken from Highlife's debut EP in 2010. Shaw creates a vibrant soundscape with sunny harmonies, Afrobeat percussion and of course glorious guitar riffs. Shaw remains relatively faithful to his obvious African influences and they shine best on F Kenya Rip.
Afrobeat and highlife music has definitely made a revival in modern indie music and it’s great to hear artists like Shaw paying homage to a lively style of music we otherwise might not have heard.
Download - F Kenya Rip
Going to Paris
The Eclectic Moniker
The Eclectic Moniker - Going to Paris
I’ve been deliberating over which song to feature next from Danish group The Eclectic Moniker after posting about 2 Officers in August. I’ve finally decided on this one. Going to Paris is catchy and upbeat and makes you feel like you’re in a tropical climate no matter the weather outside. Their music sounds a lot like Vampire Weekend and in many ways the bands aren’t too dissimilar. Head over to their Bandcamp site for more music.
The Eclectic Moniker - 2 Officers
This group hails from Denmark and despite singing about tidal waves and monsters, this song still an overall carefree, sunnyday feel about it. This group made their debut release this year in January and I have an inkling that they are just getting warmed up.
Note: I know this isn’t much of a video but the original audio source was deleted! I’m sure you’ll still enjoy :)