East London’s latest mystery producer jams politically conscious soul and electronica for our new mix
The elusive artist Ofei has just released his debut track ‘London’ via his own site. With rumours of a label fight over the release of his EP dropping later this year and sketchy virals of new tracks being leaked from his site at random, Ofei definitely makes for an unorthodox, captivating character.
Producing, arranging, composing and performing everything himself, initial comparisons can be made to the considered, rough jazzy production of Ninja Tune combined with a thoughtful, soulful R&B slant. Unwilling to venture more about himself, he’s made an exclusive mixtape for us to get to know. If the video to ‘London’ is anything to go by, he digs Sun Ra and is pretty vexed about the state of the economy – which makes for a pretty exciting combination in anyone’s books.
Text by Karim Khan
1: (Intro) Return to Forever - Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant (with Sun Ra)
2: Shuggie Otis - Strawberry Letter 23 (with Gil Scott-Heron)
3: The Korgis - Everybody's got to Learn Sometime
4: David Bowie - Lets Dance (with a little Whodini -- Five Minutes of Funk)
5: Pharcyde -- Passin Me By Vs Connie Price -- Fuzz and them
6: Dee Edwards - Why Can't There Be Love?
7: Kenny Rogers & the first Edition - Just dropped in (to see what condition my condition was in)
8: David Ruffin - I Can't be Hurt Anymore (Intro_Only)
9: Ebo Taylor - Twer Nyame (Excerpt)
10: Bob Marley - Keep on moving
11: Damien Marley - Welcome to Jamrock Vs Barington Levi -- Under Mi Sensi
12: Jay Electronica - Exhibit A
13: Henry Mancini - Lujon (with Gil Scott-Heron)
14: Trouble Man (1972 Trailer)
15: Nat King Cole - Nature Boy
16: Ofei - London (with Sun Ra)
17: Noel Harrison - The Windmills of your mind
18: (Outro) Esther Phillips - Native New Yorker