Instrument virtuosos have a bit of a poisoned chalice as you want to totally show off your skills but also not be entirely self-indulgent. Mansur Brown is a classically trained guitarist from Brixton, London and you can hear that cultural melting pot in his new single “Rise”. It is a song that backs Mansur’s fluid fingerwork to Timberland 2000’s styled hip-hop beats. As the guitar work is so fluid and psychedelic, it reminds me a little of Tash Sultanta’s live jams that she does in concert. It feels in a similar vein to her more recent work too, as Mansur Brown says that he wants to convey gratitude and happiness through his work.
“Rise” is the lead single for his new EP “NAQI Vol 1”, due out on the 30th of September. The idea is to continue exploring that 2000’s hip-hop vibe but merging in Afrobeats with Mansur’s guitar work. Enjoy the single below, it is out now. For more information on Mansur Brown, visit his Bandcamp. I hope there is some more hypnotic string-sliding craziness on the rest of the EP!
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