Over the last few years, London based production collective The Busy Twist have been travelling around West Africa, South American, the Caribbean and Europe in an attempt to work with local musicians and vocalists to add to their electronic productions. Releasing music on their own label Busy Life Music, they join the dots between these sounds, resulting in what can be described as ‘borderless music’.
This unique take on world music has resulted in many an exciting release and their new single ‘Etali Nga Te’ is no different. This time teaming up with Congolese artist Tres, they’ve concocted and contemporary afrobeats banger with a distinct UK flavour. The track boasts an infectious soukus style guitar riff and high tempo afro beats production, topped with rich harmonious melodies and some catchy word play.
Tres, who is now based in London (and is a successful artist in his own right), fled his home country to move to the UK due to political conflicts, and after spending several years homeless on the streets of London he started channelling his efforts through his music. During his time he was given refuge in Centre point hostel where he had the opportunity to perform for Prince William which helped land him support for his music career in the UK. This led to a record deal from Roundhouse in the UK and a support tour for The Black Keys, kicking off his music career in a big way. Since then Tres has worked with world renowned writers whose credits include Adele, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, and Paolo Nutini.
Having been premiered by Complex UK and with further support for OkayAfrica, there’s a lot of love out there for this project. Their previous releases have enjoyed radio support from the likes of Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Lauren Laverne, Gilles Peterson, Jillionaire, Branko, Anna Lunoe and Toddla T all championing their widely acclaimed sound.
‘Etali Nga Te’ is the first single from an album and live tour project from the collaboration which is due next year. We’ve been told to expect more singles and music videos from the collaboration.