Albums

Uniqlo Boy

André Akinyele

The album is a black gothic, futuristic, and universal odyssey of hardcore beats, electro love songs, and dance music. The reclusive André Akinyele's melodies are immediate and prominent as ever and his vocals are rich and solid, reminiscent of Frank Ocean, Maxwell, and Pharrell Williams. Uniqlo Boy features 10 tracks, including "Ride or Die," "Streetcar," "App Love (Digi-Love)," and of course the title track "Uniqlo Boy."

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Telegram Mews

André Akinyele

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. 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.

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The Unauthorized Playlist

André Akinyele

The Unauthorized Playlist uses underground hip-hop, funk, and futuristic sounds to explore the madness of keeping secrets, the anger of friendship betrayal, and the rise of self-empowerment. A worthy contrast to his earlier works, The Unauthorized Playlist takes cues from contemporary hip-hop, R&B, and "neo-soul" visionaries such as Pharrell Williams, Erykah Badu, and D'Angelo, to create a distinctive consciousness. The Unauthorized Playlist is also sexy, direct, and intimate with songs like "After Dark," "Turnin' Me To Stay," and "Midnight," with the latter evoking R&B/Soul singer Maxwell. The Unauthorized Playlist backs away from the typical mixtape scheme and introduces a playlist concept. Put on your headphones and bounce, as The Unauthorized Playlist is one of André Akinyele's most electrifying, eccentric works. Album Credits: Executive produced by André Akinyele with guest features by MV, LoLo, Big Mike, Lil O, DJ Glo, GDP, and FV.

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Metal Skin and Ivory Birds

André Akinyele

Metal Skin and Ivory Birds is musically inspired by Joni Mitchell's 1975 album The Hissing of Summer Lawns and lyrically inspired by current events, for which Metal Skin and Ivory Birds is about observations and experiences, questioning the world where no one or nothing is off limits. The album is probably one of the most honest albums ever created, as he offers a singer-songwriter approach just as Joni Mitchell, Curtis Mayfield, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, and Gil Scott-Heron did by tackling social issues of the time. André states "it's an album that questions; especially, the state of the music industry, suicide, religion, spirituality, self-awareness, and politics. I want this album to spark conversation." As such, Metal Skin and Ivory Birds is organic soul food for the heart and mind with its refreshing and powerful questioning of the world, where no one or nothing is off limits. Hauntingly beautiful and compelling, the songs were recorded in one to three takes to keep the raw and powerful emotions that capture the essence of the entire album and the songs are presented in the order they were written and recorded. The musicianship is a culmination of everything he's learned throughout his musical journey. The album ends with a passionate cover of Tori Amos' "Crucify," which replaced an original song "The Marks of Cain and Abel." André states in the song "Threatened By All Things," he has nothing to lose.

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The Potomac Syndrome

André Akinyele

The Potomac Syndrome is a mixture of many musical genres from alternative pop/rock to urban/R&B grooves. The album opens with the title track “The Potomac Syndrome,” a funk/rock inspired song reminiscent of early Lenny Kravitz. Tracks like “Run To” and “Help Me” finds André's passion for love reignited. In contrast, songs like “Nebula” and “Tip of My Tongue” show him experimenting with technology and various synths suggestive of the early 80s.

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Singles & EPs

The Wulu (LoveSexy Cocktail Guide Instrumental Mix)

André Akinyele

The Wulu (LoveSexy Cocktail Guide Instrumental Mix) is the soundtrack for the boutique book, LoveSexy Cocktail Guide—that includes 138 cocktail recipes celebrating songs by Prince. This instrumental version of the song is exclusive to this chic and luxury product and can be heard in the LoveSexy Cocktail Guide's commercial. The track is a gem from the forthcoming album, The Wulu.

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Back Talk

André Akinyele

Deep house, electronic dance music reminiscent of Daft Punk and Miguel Migs. "Back Talk" is the original YouTube show's theme song. Back Talk is an entertainment show on YouTube that discusses pop culture. Hosted by authors and musicians André Akinyele and Jon O'Bergh, the show features candid conversations on topics of the week and segments with special guests. Each episode is a unique combination of entertainment and comedy in bringing you the Top 10's on what's happening in pop culture around the world. The theme song "Back Talk" is written and produced by musician/recording artist André Akinyele.

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App Love (Digi-Love)

André Akinyele

App Love (Digi-Love) is the second single taken from the André Akinyele album Uniqlo Boy. The track is about finding relationships or at least a decent hookup via apps. My friend was telling me how difficult it was finding a stable relationship or suitable hookup via dating apps. She jokingly said, "you should write a song about it and put it on your album." Well, here it is!

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Ride or Die

André Akinyele

"Ride or Die" is futuristic, pop, and R&B music about dancing, partying, and having a good time in more ways than two best friends can handle. Do you have an Ace Boon Koon? "Ride or Die" is the first single taken from André Akinyele's album 'Uniqlo Boy'.

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Compassion

André Akinyele

Moody, hip-hop, R&B with tight beats and free-floating paths of ethereal and innovative production, Compassion featuring EFFIIGY is the first single taken from the album Telegram Mews. The song title says it all, as much through atmosphere, and as it does with words. The choruses drift through conscious revelations, resulting in a smooth and precisely constructed masterpiece in the likes of Drake, Frank Ocean, and Maxwell with hints of the soul essence of Marvin Gaye. With pristine vocal twists and turns, Compassion is interlaced with sleek production.

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The Metal Skin and Ivory Birds Remixes

André Akinyele

Songs taken from André Akinyele's Metal Skin and Ivory Birds, these remixes encapsulate the sounds of deep house, dance, and electronic soul. Reminiscent of such artists as Miguel Migs, Aya, and the Blue Six catalog, André's soul-driven sound is transcendent.

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