July 13, 2009


Cynics can cluck all they want–there’s certainly room for reactionary scorn on Esau Mwamwaya’s duet with head Weekend Vampire, Ezra Koenig, the latter of whom name-drops “Hip Hop Hooray” and Electric Light Orchestra, in a matter of seconds. Yet the titular track from the Very Best’s Warm Heart of Africa, might be the album’s stand-out. If you dislike this, there’s a chance you listen to music with your brain rather than your ears. Even if this were Graceland redux, “Warm Heart’s” hyaline melodies, elastic vocals, and baked alaska buoyancy, make this an ideal summer jam.  Just be glad it’s too warm to wear scarves.

MP3: The Very Best ft. Ezra Koenig-“Warm Heart of Africa” 

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