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MBR406 | 2020-10-23  
MoBlack and Stevo Atambire are joined by Italian duo, Armonica in appending a brand new chapter to a saga that began to unfold over the summer - vignettes from an upcoming six-part-series woven by the Ghanian vocalist’s ebullient croon at the core. No newcomers to the label, Armonica has handled Afro vocals with deftness and decorum in the past, and hand in hand with MoBlack, MBR406 raises the bar even higher, jiving courteous electronic maneuvers that elevate, rather than just harmonize with, organic sounds and vigorous Frafra verses.

On A side, Saana Yoo Ma simmers amidst a picturesque backdrop of verdant percussion, subtle chords, and lamenting strings as Kologo acoustics permeate Stevo Atambire’s nostalgic Frafra vocals. Riding a captivating rhythm, Atambire’s poignant rasp cracks humility but exudes conviction, echoing a potential antidote to Saana Yoo Ma’s latent grieving of its youth’s demise. Strums on the two-stringed lute, balanced with delicate electronic tweaks make the Original Mix a soothing daydream anthem for waltzing with the sun towards the horizon for reprieve.

Clinching the EP, MoBlack and Armonica supplements Saana Yoo Ma with a nocturnal Dub mix, withholding sparse vocals and transposing unique soundscapes that speak when words cannot. A robust, drum-led intro escorts a fetching groove and rapturous rhythm, establishing B-side’s danceability right at onset. A certain melancholy still peals from the processed vocals, an essence that stripped down, thrives with the track’s stunning patchwork of celestial synth riffs, elongated chords and filtered percussion - 6:40 minutes worth of getting lost in a moment.

Press by Marie J Floro
Lyrics and Kologo by Stevo Atambire
Produced by MoBlack and Armonica
Original Mix mastered by Wave Life Studio
Dub Mix mastered by Calyx
Artwork by Giulia Dall’Ara
Distributed by Muting The Noise
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