Debut IKOQWE single VaiVai is a bass loaded track with roots in Angola, Portugal, for the Beating Heart label. The accompanying video see’s the duo, masked with make-shift antennae and riding through the desert in a Candongueiro (Angolan Taxi):
IKOQWE is shortform for Ikonoklasta (“Iconoclast”) – the alias for rapper and iconic activist, Luaty Beirão and Pedro Coquenão (aka Batida), an artist working with visual mediums and music.
On remix duty, Raz & Afla follow up their Beating Heart No Touch debut single with this remix adding vocal harmonies, funky percussive rhythms, a grooving guitar hook and a big bassline.
It’s attracted high profile fans such as BBC 6 Music DJ, Gilles Peterson, who says: “There’s certain types of music that come out of Portugal. All of this is sort of linked together for me by this one producer who goes by the name of Batida. It’s just on another level in terms of how he presents his show, how he approaches his music making, whether he is DJing or performing live, or adding visuals, philosophically just how he goes about his business.”
The new single is out now and the remix package is out on March 13th.
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