Wamae – Remixed EP
Chris Wamae occupies a unique space in the Kenyan electronic music scene (Especially now that he has signed with hip hop power house CMG). Despite being a member of Bandana Gang (with Yoki Hars), Wamae also does some stints with several bands around Nairobi from being a guitar player,pianist and a secret not know to many, a singer. Wamae is a perfect example of what happens when an artist reaches creative independence where he can chuck out pretty much whatever he wants without regards to the commercial constraints.
You can feel that sense of freedom in the Remixed EP. The four songs collected for the remixing shows Mr. Wamae’s musical taste. He doesn’t go for international acts but decides to take on local acts from both the main stream and underground. While retaining the pop friendly touch in the EP, you can subtly hear elements from other genres; a positive thing as it makes the EP very eclectic.
The EP opener, Stressed Out is an interpretation of Mr Lu’s original track with the same name ft MANU Avionix. The track kicks of with bright synths and takes on a drumbeat obviously influenced by electronica sound and arps influenced by the same. It has a dance/chill vibe that only Wamae could have achieved.
The Second track is a rendition of Just A Band’s,Winning in Life. With an increased tempo to it, nothing could have gone wrong regarding that this track was done by now living Legends, Just A Band. The track ends just as the dance vibe is catching on which forces one to listen again and replay the narrative so to be able to appreciate the beauty within better.
Sura Yako takes on a club-ish turn. The track has smooth guitar strums and the driving beat is geld with a synth buzz and great electro swirls making it a true classic when you add the chopped vocals on top.
Fujo, the final track that got Wamae’s remixing touch solidifies Wamae’s mastery of his craft. With great vocals from Super Producer and bars from Stin lining the track to the deep house baseline, it shows that there are actually great singers and rappers in the 254 who don’t get the airplay on radio (Soundcloud is the place). The track is a great closer of what I can only term as a statement from Wamae to the world and the Kenyan Dance Music community that he means business and you can’t lock him in a single genre.
This EP stamps Wamae’s place in the scene and here at EDM Kenya,we give him the nod of approval. Listen to the EP here