Christmas has come early, Innervisions have blessed us with their final release of the year – Laolu’s remix of Dele Sosimi’s afrobeat treat ‘T.M.I’. Proclaimed as label heads, Dixon and Âme’s favourite track of the year, it’s not hard to see why.
Former keyboardist for the late great Fela Kuti and his son Femi, Dele Sosimi continues to be an ambassador for afrobeat with his orchestra, foundation and as a guest lecturer. His single T.M.I harnesses deep funk and jazz grooves and speaks of the problems of living in an information and technology age where privacy is no more.
Laolu reworks T.M.I into a powerful portrayal of modern diversity in club-music. The first half builds into a deeper, housier afrobeat rhythm of the original before lowering the tone to create one of the greatest breakdowns I’ve ever heard. Heartfelt strings and rotund bass crescendo into an eclectic summation of orchestral deep house, accompanied by Sosimi’s charismatic voice and carried home by a 4×4 kick