Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Spotlight: Alec Lomami's “Pop Revolution”

Alec Lomami came straight outta…nowhere, really. And in many ways, that has been the fascinating thing about Lomami since he dropped his first single “Kinshasa” about 8 months ago. Born in Belgium (although denied citizenship there), Lomami grew up in the Congo before fleeing the heightening violence and instability that have plagued that nation since the late '90s to stay with relatives in North Carolina. Attempting to claim asylum in the U.S., Lomami somehow ran afoul of immigration policies, and ended up in prison for 9 months. While there, he was fed a steady diet of modern Pop, Hip-hop, and R’n’B, the influences of which are clearly audible in his music. While Lomami has returned to the Congo for now, we are left with his new track “Pop Revolution,” a totally bumping piece of French language rap, complete with a stuttering horn line and a classic hip-hop beat that gets wickedly panned before gradually morphing into something more contemporary. Then that chorus hits and we are even more hooked.

Admittedly, we are a few weeks late on this guy. He’s already been feature in juggernaut music publication, The Fader. Nevertheless, we wanted to make sure he was on your radar.

Check it out here-. And get excited for his EP, Melancholy Joyeuse, which should be released sometime soon.

-Sam Backer
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