Major Notes emerged some time ago in the years of UK funky house. Since then, his sound has evolved into something more original and, most importantly, unique.
At the moment, afro house has yet to reach the UK audience the same way UK funky did, but Major isn’t troubled by this and uses the African-driven form of house/bass, as well as elements of UK funky, bass music and afro beats, to spearhead his new EP (Nu African Disco Vol 1 was similar in direction also and his most popular release to date). This makes Nu African Disco Vol 2 a medley of African sounds – and it works tremendously well.
The opening track, Fadama Riddim, sets the tone for the EP perfectly: it’s energetic, but at the same time relaxing, and both groovy and funky:
Voodoo Dolls resembles some of Major’s earlier work, but the production is of a higher standard and the added vocal snippets give it extra bounce making it exceptionally different to the track that follows it: Passa Passa. Whilst Dehka is the obvious standout track on the EP, Passa Passa is the ambiguous one. It’s a booming track – one that’s intended to be a dance-floor shaker – and its hypnotic, vocal snippets keep the attention of the listener and work better than the vocals on Talkin’ Drum, which isn’t as impressive as the rest of the EP but is still a good listen thanks to its pleasant drums and rhythm. Major Notes saves the best for last with Dehka, which samples the immensely popular Premier Gao by Magic System. Within milliseconds of hearing its strong, opening drums it becomes clear to the listener that Dehka will be the most powerful track on the EP, and what follows is a perfect arrangement of instruments whilst the sampled vocals make it an addictive feature worthy of the repeat button.
With Nu African Disco Vol 2, Major Notes has created an enjoyable EP that illustrates his high level of production in a genre of music that is continuing to grow and excite.
- Reasons to listen to: if you want to listen to an exciting and bumping EP that is offering something new with top quality production.
- Where to get: Juno