London-based producer XOA enters the stage with his debut EP 'Diaspora', out today. Picked up by none other than the masters of African hits, Soundway Records, his EP is a journey through everything that's good about the UK music scene in 2017.
Our pick of the bunch makes it's appearance as the second track on the EP, 'Mon Ecole'. The intro comes as smooth as any we've heard, with a tempting Fender Rhodes chord sequence backed some killer tribal percussion. The drop is lead by a classic Tony Allen-esque double snare, moving into an afrocentric brass section lick as good as any from the Fela Kuti days. The mix of traditional afrobeat rhythms and modern production techniques makes this the perfect dance-floor anthem to end out the year.
The whole EP encompasses everything from jazz to house with the kind of finesse we'e come to associate with artists on the Soundway roster. And with such a noteworthy entrance to the scene, XOA is certainly headed for big things.
Grab your copy...
The 12" release is out today and you can grab your copy here.