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William Onyeabor
Luaka Bop
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April 28, 2014


David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label follows Who Is William Onyeabor, the well-received 2013 retrospective of the illusive Nigerian musician, with a collection of inventive covers and remixes. What?! recruits a diverse list of heavy hitters to interpret Onyeabor’s funky originals. JD Twitch re-envisions earthy afro-beat number ‘Why Go To War?’ as a floor ready electro banger, while Hot Chip smooth out the offbeat Memphis-soul of ‘Atomic Bomb’. Daphni mines a memorable synth-break for his throbbing house rework ‘Ye-Ye’, and Javelin contribute the hyperactive stepper ‘Heaven & Hell’, which would’ve sounded right at home on Honest Jon’s Shangaan Electro compilation.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Atomic Bomb (Cover) Hot Chip vs. William Onyeabor 7:16 Buy

    Atomic Bomb (Cover)

  2. 2 Do You Want A Man (Re-work of Heaven & Hell) The Vaccines 2:25 Buy

    Do You Want A Man (Re-work of Heaven & Hell)

  3. 3 Body & Soul (Whatever / Whatever Remix) Justin Strauss & Bryan Mette 7:59 Buy

    Body & Soul (Whatever / Whatever Remix)

  4. 4 Good Name (Cover) Joakim feat. Akwetey (Dragons of Zynth) 5:58 Buy

    Good Name (Cover)

  5. 5 Why Go To War? (Cover) J D Twitch (Optimo) vs. William Onyeabor 7:26 Buy

    Why Go To War? (Cover)

  6. 6 Ye Ye (Re-work of When The Going Is Smooth & Good) Daphni 6:04 Buy

    Ye Ye (Re-work of When The Going Is Smooth & Good)

  7. 7 Heaven & Hell (Remix) Javelin 3:38 Buy

    Heaven & Hell (Remix)

  8. 8 Body & Soul (Remix) David Terranova 7:50 Buy

    Body & Soul (Remix)

  9. 9 Something You Will Never Forget (Remix) Policy 5:36 Buy

    Something You Will Never Forget (Remix)

  10. 10 Body & Soul (Remix) Scientist 7:06 Buy

    Body & Soul (Remix)

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Afrobeat / Afropop

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