Baloji debuts ‘Spoiler’ remix ft. Heems
Having released his EP 64 Bits & Malachite last Friday, Baloji is pleased to share a remix for his track ‘Spoiler’, featuring Queens Rapper Heems of Das Racist and Swet Shop Boys. Of the pairing Baloji said…
“I’ve been a fan of Heems since Shut Up, Dude and even had the Das racist 8bit arcade game. We worked with the same sound engineer and he put us in touch for this remix. Heems killed it! The song was originally very focused on a congolese heritage and dance culture since it combined 4 different generations of musicians (Wendo, Franco, Papa Wemba) but Heems made the song’s subject universal and gave it a brooklyn echo.”
Heems was more than happy to collaborate noting that he’d first come across Baloji’s work while in India last year and found it to be “super smart and stylish”.
The track, premiered yesterday on Fader, is available to listen to below…
Of Congolese origin and based in Belgium, Baloji is a poet, composer, lyricist, beatmaker, scriptwriter, actor, video artist and stylist. His music stands at the crossroads of African music, rap, the French singer-songwriter tradition, afro-american music (soul, funk, jazz) discovered via hip hop culture and sampling; and electronic music (trance, deep house) which was prevalent in the region of Belgium where Baloji grew up.
Baloji means “man of science” in Swahili, but during the colonial period that meaning shifted to “man of the occult sciences and sorcery”. By placing his resilience at the centre of his work, Baloji reconciles all these influences to enrich his creative projects. “64 bits & Malachite” offers a musical style based in these cross-fertilisations and collaborations, unbridled and freed from the labels of “genres”.
64 bits is the current reference for processors. It evokes the idea of built-in obsolescence; how previous versions, even if they still function, are designed to become useless. Malachite is a green-layered stone found in Katanga (DRC Congo). 64 Bits & Malachite mines our operating systems: it is a metaphor of our era, a melody of diaspora; a nomadic music between encounters and collisions.
Throughout this Autumn, Baloji has performed a number of European headline shows and festival appearances, including an Iceland Airwaves performance, described by Stereogum as “one of the coolest things” they saw, also commenting on the packed out venue + crowds “snaking down the street to see him”. London crowds will be able to catch Baloji later that month at his headline show at the Moth Club in Hackney. Date/info below:
Thursday 24th November – LONDON – Moth Club tickets
64 bits & Malachite is available now via Bella Union. Download on iTunes.