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NEW MUSIC: Benjamin Clementine - Condolence.

Doom soul British-Ghanaian singer Benjamin Clementine walks a strenuous and lonely road in the new music video for his song Condolence. 

Look out for his Glorious You EP out August 25th. 

I’m still in love with his song I Won’t Complain.

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Music: The “Doom Soul” Generation.  

First things first. The ‘doom soul’ descriptor is not one that I can take credit for in any. I first came across these words after reading about Somali-Canadian artist Cold Specks. She used it to describe her sound and ever since then, upon discovering new artists and listening to musicians already in my collection, it’s become a recurring way to describe much of the music I’ve been hearing - and loving - from African/African-descended/Black artists both in Africa and the diaspora.

Through these observations, I’ve spent some time compiling the stand out artists in this new generation that fall under the somewhat wide umbrella of the borrowed ‘doom soul’ term. Not one of the artists you’ll hear on my accompanying music mix/playlist sound like each other. And yet, there are several recurring features that tie them all together.

Whether Kelela or Kwabs, BLK JKS or Benjamin Clementine, all these artists have soulful sensibilities attached to their vocal abilities, lyrical content, and melodic inclinations. Each containing their own mixture of elements of soul, r&b, indie, folk, blues, eclectic electronic sounds, the result is usually an emotionally charged hybrid of music with a slightly gloomy aura. Haunting, wholesome and incredibly powerful.

Listen to my Afro-Doom Soul playlist featuring Cold Specks, Mirel Wagner, Benjamin Clementine, Kwabs, Kelela and more.

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All Africa, All the time.

Try as I might, it’s hard not to compare fellow British artists Benjamin Clementine and Kwabena Adjepong to each other. Although both currently live in Europe (Kwabs in London, where Clementine once lived before moving to Paris), Clementine and Adjepong are Ghanaian by birth. Both have deeply rich velvety voices, and both produce music that can be classified as ‘doom soul’ - a term I’ve borrowed from Somali-Canadian artist Cold Specks that refers to the deeply poetic, poignant, rich and mellow nature of the artist’s sound and aesthetic (think Nina Simone) that, at the very least, forces shivers down your spine with every note sung or played. 

Despite their similarities, however, both artists carry with them a distinct sound and you’ll never have to fear mixing them up. Those of you who’ve been following this blog for some time are by now familiar with my adoration for Kwabs’ music. Now, thanks to fellow tumblr user bon-dia-querida, I’ve become familiar with Clementine’s equally as astounding sounds. Watch as he gives a breathtaking live performance of three of his original songs, ‘Quiver’, ‘I Won’t Complain’ and ‘London’.