Ikes // ‘Outside|In’ Influences

We had the pleasure of having a chat to rapper and MC Ikes recently who spoke to us about his new release ‘Outside | In’ and who and what influences his sound. Ikes has compiled us a Spotify playlist of his influences which you can listen to below…

”I think as far as influences go I draw a lot from just living and being in a happy place where I can just de-clutter and feel free. This usually happens when I travel, one of my favourite things to do is to travel the world, take in other cultures and build memories. Musically I’m connected to quite a wide range and therefore my influences are endless; for example I just got back from LA and listened to Damien Rice the whole time on the plane, although I played a lot of Travis Scott whilst I was in the states. For the future I just want to be able to showcase my art and connect with people on a big scale. I want to collaborate and learn from the greats, evolving the genre of rap music, pushing the envelope. Live music is also a big thing for me so touring in various countries would be awesome too.”

Listen to Outside | In

Personally, my favourite track from this release is ‘Clarity’, which you can listen to below. Very smooth vibes. Em

Ata Kak // Obaa Sima

This was the tape that started it all and gave birth to the logically named label/blog Awesome Tapes From Africa.

The first listen for me was a unique but instantly engaging experience. Its just not the kind of music that I’d come across before. Stuttering drum machined beats, punchy synths and endless hypnotic looping serve as the basis for Ata Kak’s ridiculously dextrous lyrical twists and turns. As the track builds he is joined by female backing singers in a call and answer patter than reminds me of some of William Onyeabors stranger moments. Its a really fascinating listen and, although I don’t understand the lyrics, its bursting with energy and positivity.

Is it Afro-house? Hiplife? I don’t really know but I’m looking forward to digging deeper and learning more. You’ve got to admire the dedication and sleuthing that has given birth to this reissue. Its not just on tape anymore.