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Telegram Mews

by André Akinyele

Released 2018
Orange River Records
Released 2018
Orange River Records
Funk-pop driven hip-hop and R&B with tight beats and free-floating paths of ethereal and innovative production in the likes of D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, and Prince with hints of the soul essence of Maxwell.
André Akinyele, one of funk and R&B's most musically diverse indie artists, finally releases Telegram Mews (2018), arriving 2 years after his full-length critically acclaimed The Unauthorized Playlist (2016). Filled with solid musicianship, social and political awareness, and transcendental production, Telegram Mews is a blend of funk/pop-driven hip-hop, erotica, and mystical soul-R&B. The twisting melodies of André's musicality are here. The pop/synth-driven "T.O. (Toronto)" provides a glimpse into his new life in the Canadian city. The soulful and layered vocal harmonies are at the center of the tech-soul-funk "Sweet Thang" and the cover of Prince's "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker." The title track and the D'Angelo inspired "Old Skool Vibe" are party anthems filled with reggae-tinged, head bobbin' grooves. The soulful and erotic piano-driven "Body" and "Call Me," featuring Jon O'Bergh on piano, harkens to André's love of romanticism. In contrast, the politically conscious songs "Immigrant" and "Compassion" are relevant to the state of world turbulence, with the latter song featuring EFFIIGY.


Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer André Akinyele has recorded under the names Marcel and Ajamu Akinyele, exploring multiple music genres. He is the bandleader and bassist of the jazz/funk fusion band Gemini Soul, the vocalist and guitarist for the rock band Looking for Lester, as well as the vocalist and keyboardist for the electronic synth-pop duo Lavender Lush. He is also the co-author of the book Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello.


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