Google “Lamin Fofana” and you may discover that I’ve been a Fofana proponent for the last year, giving his “Fatmata Was Here” mixtape the shine back in August of ’09. Lamin’s mixes have always ranked in my most-played; their disregard for seamlessness and love of space tug at the strings that stretch from head to heart. Mix structures and sonic intersection aside, Lamin’s mixes often showcase what an eager and omnivorous music listener he his. From Rap nerdery to ambient aesthetics, to his musical affection for his Sierra Leonian heritage, it’s no surprise Lamin is now making music that defies categorization.
Out today on Lamin’s homefield, Dutty Artz turf is his first EP What Elijah Said. Featuring 4 of Lamin’s original productions, the depth and range of Lamin’s sound palette is staggering for a first outing. The EP is at times haunting, at times celebratory, experiences that are often the result of Lamin’s use of complex rhythms and punchy percussion. Vocal samples thread through the record as well, stretching each song’s resonance beyond beats and into metaphysical realms worthy of discussion. Asked to describe the EP, Lamin quoted Elijah Muhammad, the Nation of Islam founder who said,
“Yet, he would refer to the Mother Plane, a mysterious space ship with superior beings, giant black gods or something like that, that patrolled the universe, keeping an eye on the devil and ready to rescue Black Muslims from Armageddon.”
A couple weeks back XLR8R magazine debuted Lamin’s “Dance In Yr Blood” for a free, high-quality download and I will re-up it here to pique your interest. I also received a brand new mix from Lamin today entitled #Calypso (yes, hashtag and all), that is in keeping with the impeccable taste of his previous mixes and is sure to further intrigue newcomers into the musical world of Fofana.
What Elijah Said is out now on Dutty Artz and can be found at Boomkat, Juno, and iTunes.
Lamin Fofana – Dance In Yr Blood
Lamin Fofana – #Calypso
#Calypso Track List:
Sphere: Related Content
Kuedo – Shutter Light Girl
Lucky Dragons – Realistic Rhythm
The Big Pink – Tonight (oOoOO Remix)
Ikonika – Yoshimitshu
Scissors and Sellotape – Chapter 4
Mount Kimbie – Carbonated
Svpreme Fiend – Heartache VIP
Shed – Ostrich-Mountain-Square
Spoek Mathambo – Control
Oneohtrix Point Never – Preyouandi
Mike Ladd – Planet 10
Mark Pritchard – Heavy As Stone
Digital Mystikz – Unexpected