Azekel
‘Thrills,’ feat. Oyinda
Thunderlightning Records

This is the second time we’ve featured progressive London R&B artist Azekel because, well, he’s dope.  We reviewed his last single, ‘Crescent Moons,’ last month. This month he’s back with ‘Thrills,’ which features the other-worldly vocals of Oyinda, an old friend of his.  But that’s the simplistic view.  Azekel was going for the duality of the male/female energies, and more than that, both he and she are Nigerian-born, London-based artists.

The result is this blissful, laid-back, soulful track.  ‘Thrills’ is the final release from an ep, Azekel Unreleased, which included ‘Crescent Moons,’ that is, he reports, darker sound than his début album, Our Father.  This reflects on his experience collaborating with Massive Attack, on their 2016 single, ‘Ritual Spirit.’  He also calls this music freer, and was inspired by the ways in which Robert del Naja and Grant Marshall blend genres, as well as his work with Gorillaz, who have made a career out of genre-bending, as a result of main man Daman Albarn’s obsession with music of all forms.

‘Thrills’ is more straight-ahead R&B than ‘Crescent Moons,’ and yet, remains as brilliantly cast.

At the same time as the release of the ep from which this track is culled, Azekel, who is a multidisciplinary artist, along with his collaborators, Louisiane Trotobas and Diana Ganea, have created an ephemeral virtual exhibit, All1, which is accessible via their Dropbox site for download, which will expire when the exhibit comes down at the end of June.