First up to put their spin on NKOSI’s new track ‘White Gold’ is Finland’s Roisto, who gained notoriety earlier this year with his EP ‘Apart in Love, which caught the attention of the likes Thump, Earmilk and Data Transmission. Roisto has taken ‘White Gold’ and doused it in balearic spirit. With a bend of disco and a vibe that’s entirely sunkissed, Roisto takes no prisoners when taking a track and making it day party ready.
Next up is Belgian producer, DABP. The crystal clear attention to detail and experimental shades make DABP a fine candidate for remix, and it’s for these reasons that he’s been featured by YouTube moguls Majestic Casual. The ambient soundscape, stream of high hats, synths and chopped and diced vocals make this attractive rendition ooze charm and mellowed out danceability.
Cape Town producer APEX, who previously gained notoriety with his remix of Crystal Fighters, ‘You & I’. Heavily influenced by the more dark and experimental climbs of techno, APEX also gives his twist to the track.
White Gold is the first single to come from American duo, NKOSI. Musically nodding towards Tourist and Chet Faker with vocals reminiscent of early Sting, NKOSI boast an alternative, chill house sound, laced with melodies that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Friendly Fires record. The duo is made up of vocalist Echoboyy and Dave Sherman; formerly the guitarist for Audible Mainframe, a Hip Hop collective who have since gone to gain just under 800,000 views on Majestic Casual.
Dave Sherman and Echoboyy are both east-coast natives who moved to LA to pursue a career in music, separately. Having previously featured on tracks together and occasionally shared stages, when the two musicians found themselves at loose ends, they decided to join forces. The two began collaborating on songs as a creative outlet and what started as somewhat of a catharsis has now developed into an intriguing and inspiring project. There’s a captured sense of sincerity that has been guided by their experiences and the lessons they’ve learnt during early endeavours.
“We’ve always wanted to produce and record our own music on our own terms, in our own studio. The freedom you get allows you to be more creative, and hone the songs without outside influence.” says vocalist Echoboyy.
White Gold demonstrates razor-sharp vocal delivery from Echoboyy over Dave Sherman’s sampled-guitar technique. In fact, every instrument you can hear comes from Sherman alone. A wizard on guitar, bass, synths and drum programming; his musical abilities speak volumes. Echoboyy’s vocals seal the deal and are unimpeachably impressive. Creating new wave electronic dance music with an emphasis on intricate, melodic vocals; NKOSI have found their niche. NKOSI’s album is in the pipeline and will highlight their affinity for the 80’s whilst keeping the current electronic music scene firmly insight. As individuals they have experienced both of tragedy and triumph; as a duo they will produce their strongest musical creation to date.
“Sting like sound, with its sleek production, the whoosh of chill effects and big, buoyant melody” – Buzzbands LA
“NKOSI have come out swinging on their debut single ‘White Gold’, pairing spacious, reverbed atmospheres with uplifting melodies.” – Spindle Magazine