Boomkat Product Review:
Sweetest spins on Amapiano and Afrobeats from UKF original, Karen Nyame (KG), breaking thru with her debut EP, proper, after archival and collaborative turns in the past few years
As her story goes, KG was making beats at uni in Nottingham during the late ‘00s heyday of UKF, but aside form the digital release of ‘Feeling Funky’ (2009) they wouldn’t see an official release until 2018’s ‘KG EP’ for Goon Club Allstars. In 2019 she linked with Scratcha DVA on the ‘Touch Ep’, and now coolly redefines her style with strong influence from prevailing Afro dance trends, weaving in Amapiano’s tight percussive trills and the sugary soul of West African Afrobeats styles to deeply satisfying effect across five infectious and innovative permutations that define her sound for 2021.
The mode is warm, bright and tempered with the vocalists’ respective, emotive pull, ranging from the UK-spun amapiano torque of ‘Koko’ with breezing vox by Mista Silva, to plush, simmering Afrobeats with lip-biting R&B vox by Taliwhoah on ‘Mantra,’ plus the duskier hustle of ‘Mani Dakiwe’ featuring Aymos at full wingspan, and the wickedly tuff but sweet parry of Toya Delazy on the pendulous ‘Nzinga,’ with Karen’s signature ‘Afrique’ at the centre showcasing her drum programming at its swingeing best.