Who remembers Summer 2008? Things seemed simpler then, a feeling in no short part down to it being soundtracked by The Very Best.
A collaboration between London duo Radioclit and Esau Mwamwaya, a vocalist and drummer from Malawai, Africa (as the story goes, Radioclit’s Etienne Tron bought a bicycle from the second-hand furniture shop Esau worked at, and sparks flew from there), their first mixtape as The Very Best was one of the year’s most sublime debuts, with Esau singing over edits of Vampire Weekend, Architecture in Helsinki and more, as well as Radioclit’s own material. In 2009, they followed it with a excellent full-length album, The Warm Heart of Africa.
Last month, The Very Best made a more than welcome return to the fray, with a new Mothers Day mixtape titled Super Mom. Naturally they’ll be celebrating, with a party in London this Friday that, among others, features a DJ set from the Very Best, a live PA from grime’s Trim, Mumdance and Secousse Sound System. Entry is free before 9pm, for full details visit the Facebook event page.
For a taste of what you can expect from the launch, The Very Best have cooked up a FACT mix, featuring Gregory Salto, Diddy Dirty Money, DJ Znobia and more, intertwined with their own material.
1. Unknown Artist – In My Life
2. DJ Clock – Hypersonic
3. Gus Gus – David
4. Bujo Mujo – Ngifuna Wena
5. Gregory Salto feat Helen Mendes – Bao Viagem
6. The Very Best & Moroka – Ndekha
7. P Diddy Dirty Money – Coming Home (Dirty South remix)
8. Toddle T/Dillon Francis – Take It Back (We Don’t Belong In Pacha remix)
9. Banana Seat – Champipple
10. High Powered Boys – work
11. The Very Best – Kamphopo (Lazy Flow remix)
12. Dj Znobia – untitled
13. We Don’t Belong In Pacha – BadBoy†onigh†
14. The Very Best & Rusko feat Vocal Slender & Afrikan Boy – Africa To California Anthem
15. Buraka Som Sistema – Hangover (BaBaBa)
16. Jessie J – Do It Like A Dude (Jakwob remix / Dj Riot edit)
17. Sensato Del Patio feat Voltio – La Fila India remix
18. Copia Doble Systema – One Day Revolution (Schlactofbronx remix/ CHLLNGR vocal version)