The Very Best are back!
“We wrote this song in May 2014, only days before the Malawi general elections. It was also the 50th anniversary for Malawi independence from colonial rule. One day we where sitting outside the house listening to the radio and Joyce Banda (the president that day) was talking about something to do with the election and progress, or lack of progress for Malawi as a nation. we put an iPhone next to the radio and recorded some her voice. thats the voice you can hear in the beginning of the song. Esau really wanted to write a song about the corruption, poverty, struggle of Malawi, and how frustrated he was about the fact that very little has changed since independence. We recorded the whole song that day, and the ext day we asked the local church choir to come in and record some choir vocals for it. As with most vocals and instrumentation on this record, we recorded them outdoors, on the beach, singing the bridge and last chorus with Esau. Back in London a month later Chris Baio from Vampire Weekend came in and played bass on the song.”
“In 2012, La Blogotheque and Invisible Children went together in Uganda with two bands, The Very Best & The Polyphonic Spree. There, we had them meeting people from Uganda, playing their songs with and for local choirs and musicians.
A whole documentary is soon to be released (available October 15th), but here’s a glimpse of it : The Very Best singing their song “Yoshua Alikuti” over Koni Rock, one of the most iconic place in Uganda.”
London vocalist Yadi released her new glimmering pop single “Creatures” on August 22nd through Seven Brother Records, the track was co-written with L.A producer Ariel Rechtshaid (HAIM, Major Lazer, Usher) and produced by Ariel along with London based Swedish producer Johan Hugo (known for his work with The Very Best, M.I.A, Dan Croll).
Sweden and most of Western Europe is kneeling under a heatwave and we’re lucky that The Very Best provides us with a soundtrack to these days spent outside in the sun, their cover track “Maso Luso” done together with vocalist of the Mumford & Sons single “Below My Feet” is a warm and glimmering afropop gem.