Tunde Olaniran possesses a unique mix of cultural bite, androgynous aesthetic, and a wildly impressive musical faculty. The Flint, MI-based solo artist's magnetic presence as a performer as well as songwriter has garnered him numerous accolades, leading to the recent partnership with Quite Scientific Records (Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Shout Out Out Out Out) The label is set to release of some of his most in-depth and provocative work yet, including his Yung Archetype EP out February 25. Look for additional details on the Yung Archetype EP shortly.
The "avant-garde genius (MTV Iggy)" also just released his Brown Boy Remix EP, out now. The remix EP features the original 2012 "Brown Boy" single and four unique takes from local musicians including Jon Zott, Revoir and Ancient Language, as well as a remix from Vancouver's Killing Time. "The Brown Boy Remix EP is a peek into some of the music bubbling up in Detroit. There are so many diverse sensibilities, from Revoir's very pop take on the track, to Ancient Language's darker, terse vision. Killing Time (great friends I met while touring in Vancouver) and Detroit's Jon Zott both dripped some club sweat and house/disco dust on the record, which I love," notes Olaniran.
Having lived various portions of his life in Nigeria, Germany, England and the United States, Tunde's unique take on afrofuturismseamlessly blends the progressive ideals of pioneers such as Sun Ra and George Clinton with a modern production style all his own. Frenetic beats, soaring vocal prowess and playfully conscious verses all combine for a stunning end product: an output that is as entertaining as it is enlightened.
Combining a magnetic presence, lyrical dexterity, genre-devouring style, and a DIY performance aesthetic, he's toured the world with a variety of artists from Dale Earnhart Jr. Jr. to Big Freedia to Berlin-based DJ Phon.o, making believers out of Detroit metal-heads and Croatian ravers alike with a sound that defies convention.
BROWN BOY Remix EP Track Listing
01 - Brown Boy
02 - Brown Boy (Revoir Remix)
03 - Brown Boy (Killing Time Remix)
04 - Brown Boy (Ancient Language Remix)
05 - Brown Boy (Jon Zott Remix)
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