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The Very Best just finished storming across the US with a few much acclaimed live shows. They even managed to throw a Secousse party in New York, pitting NYC versus London.

Here are two new remixes by UK electronic trio Metronomy and Australian indie outfit Architecture In Helsinki of the title track (which leaked a few weeks ago and featured the vocal duties of Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig) from their upcoming album “Warm Heart Of Africa”. Metronomy gives us a whole different take on the track replacing some vocals but incorporating a synthline and what sounds like a tweaked up sample of their single “Heartbreaker” with its strutty bass, meanwhile the Architecture In Helsinki crew focuses on the horns from the original to keep that warm and joyful feeling.

The Very Best – Warm Heart Of Africa (Metronomy remix) (direct link)

The Very Best – Warm Heart Of Africa (Architecture In Helsinki remix) (direct link)

The Very Best

Jun 18 2009


The Very Best, consisting of the Swedish/French world music connoisseurs in London based production duo Radioclit along with Malawi born crooner Esau Mwamwaya, caused quite a stir amidst music fans all over the world with release of their “The Very Best mixtape” which featured Esau’s soothing and soulful vocals sung over a blend of well-known pop, dance, afro and indie tracks. The trio are now on the verge of releasing their debut album “Warm Heart Of Africa”, it’ll be out on Moshi Moshi/Cooperative Music (Green Owl in the US) September 2nd. To tide you over until then – yes, we know it’s going to be a long, hot summer – we just received an exclusive a track from the album. This groovy track; “Warm Heart Of Africa” (with guest vocals from Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig), is insanely good and will be perfect for your summer parties, in fact it’ll probably keep you bouncing all the way until September.

The Very Best – Warm Heart Of Africa (direct link)

BONUS: Check out Radioclits “Fu (Na-Na-Na)” mix (Funana is apparently a high BPM, accordion filled style of dance music from Cap Verde) over at Corporate Bloggin.


Our friends in London production/dj tag team known as Radioclit continues their succesful collaboration with Malawi born singer Esau Mwamwaya, now they’ve formed a group that they’re appropriately calling The Very Best. They just released a preview mixtape (an album is already finished and will be released in 2009) blending Esau’s smooth crooner vocals over everything from Teki Latex and DJ Mujava to Hans Zimmer thus this mix brings a smile to our faces while we dream of getting away from this autumn drudge.

The Very Best Mix (zShare, zip file)


1) Kamphopo (vocals: Esau Mwamwaya, music: Architecture In Helsinki – Heart It Races)
2) Wena (vocals: Esau Mwamwaya & Bleksem, music: DJ Cleo – Wena)
3) Tengazako (vocals: Esau Mwamwaya, music: M.I.A – Paper Planes)
4) Chikondi (vocals: Esau Mwamwaya, music: Hans Zimmer – True Romance Theme)
5) Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (The Very Best Remix) (vocals: Esau Mwamwaya, music: Radioclit & Vampire Weekend)
6) Hide And Seek (vocals: Esau Mwamwaya & Teki Latex, music: TTC – Batards Sensibles)
7) Salota (vocals: Esau Mwamwaya and Blk Jks, music: Cannibal Ox – Life’s Ill)
8) Boyz (vocals: Esau Mwamwaya, Akon & M.I.A, music: M.I.A -Boyz)
9) Sister Betina (vocals: Esau Mwamwaya & Mgarimbe, music: Mgarimbe – Sister Betina)
10) Birthday (vocals: Esau Mwamwaya & The Ruby Suns, music: The Ruby Suns)
11) Funa Funa (vocals: Esau Mwamwaya, music: Radioclit)
12) Kada Manja (classic version) (vocals: Esau Mwamwaya, music: Radioclit)
13) Dinosaur Of The Lost Ark (The Very Best remix) (vocals: Esau Mwamwaya & Ben Brewer, music: Bermuda)
14) Get it Up (The Very Best Remix) (vocals : Esau Mwamwaya, Santogold, M.I.A & Northern Cree, music: Radioclit)
15) Will You Be There (vocals: Esau Mwamwaya & Michael Jackson, music: Michael Jackson – Will You Be There)

BONUS: They broke off three of the tracks and are offering them for download here (YSI link).


Etienne and Johan AKA Radioclit recently produced the track “Get It Up” with Santogold and M.I.A, it was featured on the smashing Diplo/Santogold “Top Rankin” mixtape that set the internet on fire a couple of weeks ago. They decided to up the ante and brought in former Malawi (now East London) singer Esau Mwamwaya ie “The African Phil Collins” to grace the track with his presence. Look out for the release of his mixtape sometime in October and the release of his debut album shortly after that.

Radioclit, Esau Mwamwaya, M.I.A & Santogold – Get It Up (YSI)

BONUS: Video of the making of the Esau Mwamwaya video.