Friday, July 27, 2012

This Album by The Very Best is Totally Worth It!

One of these men is Philip Seymour Hoffman.

From the PopMatters review of The Very Best's MTMTMK, some sentences:

A slam-bang dance pop album of the first order, MTMTMK is technically an Africa-meets-Western-pop hybrid, because The Very Best is comprised of a Malawian singer who met a Swedish producer in London.

MTMTMK is like a Western pop album that’s decided to suss out all the Africanisms inherent in Western pop.

For instance, most of the album’s beats are derived from the Afro-Cuban clave rhythm, which shape-shifts and echoes out of music across the world—highlife, reggaeton, Bo Diddley, “Pass That Dutch”, Zumba workouts, and I even hear a large-scale impliedclave in the melody of Britney’s “Till the World Ends”.

In the single “Yoshua Alikute”, the clave beat moves from drums to synth and adopts a whole different character—it’s sexier and smoother, as though twirling you around the dance floor with a rose in its teeth. Hugo accordingly inserts whoooshing sounds.

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