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Motherland Journey

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As Blue Lab Beats, NK-OK (Namali Kwaten) and MR DM (David Mrakpor) are up in space fighting sounds and rhythms! After several EPs and two albums already, this London duo is climbing the heights of groove from all sides. It’s got a bit of old groove (Herbie Hancock and Roy Ayers for jazz-fusion, A Tribe Called Quest and J Dilla for hip-hop), an ultra-urban sound which is sometimes reminiscent of 90’s English acid jazz, Afro-beat fury (The title Motherland Journey even contains a sample of Fela Kuti's voice on Everything Scatter) and electronic influences. A 360° approach that can occasionally feel baffling but maintains an ultra-solid rhythmic axis. NK-OK and MR DM have also invited some big names to the party (Ghanaian Afro-beat star Ghetto Boy, the new strong voices of neo-soul and London R&B like Ego Ella May, Pip Millet and Tiana Major9...) and also slip in a few instrumentals which highlight their genius. In 2020, Blue Lab Beats revisited vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson’s Montara on their Blue Note compilation Re:imagined, and the result was mind-blowing. Here, they prove they’re able to combine jazz-fusion, soul, hip-hop, electro, Caribbean and Afro-beat music with real class. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Sky Reflections (Intro)
00:01:21

Namali Kwaten, Composer - David Mrakpor, Composer - NK-OK, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Lab Beats, MainArtist - Mr DM, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Blue Adventure

2
Labels (feat. Tiana Major9 & Kofi Stone)
00:05:21

ROB CHIARELLI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Urban Soul Orchestra, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Herb Powers, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Hussey, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Namali Kwaten, Composer - David Mrakpor, Composer - NK-OK, Producer, Drums, Additional Keyboards, Percussion, Recording Engineer, Drum Programming, Sound Design, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Blue Lab Beats, MainArtist - Tiana Major9, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mr DM, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Kofi Stone, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mawuena Dzotsi, Author - Tiana Thomas-Ambersley, Author

℗ 2021 Blue Adventure

3
I’ll Be Here For You (feat. Teni Tinks)
00:04:06

Hamilton Bohannon, Composer - Urban Soul Orchestra, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Hussey, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Teni Tinks, Author, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Namali Kwaten, Composer - David Mrakpor, Composer - Jackson Mathod, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - NK-OK, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Lab Beats, MainArtist - Kaidi Akinnibi, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Mr DM, String Arranger, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Blue Adventure

4
Gotta Go Fast (feat. Poppy Daniels)
00:03:50

Namali Kwaten, Composer - David Mrakpor, Composer - NK-OK, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Lab Beats, MainArtist - Mr DM, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Poppy Daniels, Trumpet, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Poppy William-Daniels, Composer

℗ 2022 Blue Adventure

5
A Vibe
00:03:38

Namali Kwaten, Composer - David Mrakpor, Composer - NK-OK, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Lab Beats, MainArtist - Mr DM, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Blue Adventure

6
Don’t Let It Get Away (feat. Emmavie)
00:03:56

Namali Kwaten, Composer - David Mrakpor, Composer - Emmavie, FeaturedArtist - NK-OK, Producer, Drums, Additional Keyboards, Percussion, Bass Programming, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Lab Beats, MainArtist - Emmavie Mbongo, Author - Mr DM, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Blue Adventure

7
Inhale & Exhale (Interlude)
00:01:56

Namali Kwaten, Composer - David Mrakpor, Composer - NK-OK, Producer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Lab Beats, MainArtist - Mr DM, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Blue Adventure

8
Blow You Away (Delilah (feat. Ghetto Boy)
00:03:18

ROB CHIARELLI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NK-OK, Producer, Drums, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Blue Lab Beats, Composer, MainArtist - Kaidi Akinnibi, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Mr DM, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Béesau, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Ghetto Boy, Author, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Blue Adventure

9
Sensual Loving (feat. Ghetto Boy)
00:02:53

Namali Kwaten, ComposerLyricist - David Mrakpor, ComposerLyricist - NK-OK, Producer - Blue Lab Beats, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kaidi Akinnibi, Horn, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Kameni, ComposerLyricist - Ghetto Boy, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Blue Adventure

10
Motherland Journey (feat. KillBeatz & Fela Kuti)
00:04:19

Fela Kuti, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joseph Addison, Author - KillBeatz, Drums, Keyboards, Drum Programming, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Namali Kwaten, Composer - David Mrakpor, Composer - NK-OK, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Lab Beats, MainArtist - Kaidi Akinnibi, Composer, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Mr DM, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Poppy Daniels, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Poppy William-Daniels, Composer - Bernadette Oghomienor, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Felicia Idonije, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Regina Osuhor, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Shade Shehindemi, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Suru Eriomla, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tejumade Adebiyi, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Blue Adventure

11
Ultramarine (Interlude)
00:01:58

Namali Kwaten, Composer - David Mrakpor, Composer - NK-OK, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Lab Beats, MainArtist - Mr DM, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Blue Adventure

12
Warp (feat. Jackson Mathod & Kaidi Akinnibi)
00:04:25

Namali Kwaten, Composer - David Mrakpor, Composer - Jackson Mathod, Composer, Trumpet, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - NK-OK, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Lab Beats, MainArtist - Kaidi Akinnibi, Composer, Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mr DM, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Blue Adventure

13
Slow Down (feat. Ego Ella May)
00:04:16

Namali Kwaten, Composer - David Mrakpor, Composer - Ego Ella May, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - NK-OK, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Lab Beats, MainArtist - Kaidi Akinnibi, Composer, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Mr DM, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Ego Ella Uche, Author - Poppy Daniels, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Poppy William-Daniels, Composer

℗ 2022 Blue Adventure

14
Dat It (feat. Kiefer)
00:04:46

Kiefer, Keyboards, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Namali Kwaten, Composer - David Mrakpor, Composer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - NK-OK, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Lab Beats, MainArtist - Kiefer Shackelford, Composer

℗ 2021 Blue Adventure

15
Home (feat. Pip Millett & Dylan Jones) Explicit
00:03:35

Dylan Jones, Composer, Trumpet, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Namali Kwaten, Composer - David Mrakpor, Composer - Jackson Mathod, Composer - NK-OK, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Lab Beats, MainArtist - Kaidi Akinnibi, Composer - Pip Millett, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mr DM, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Georgia Willacy, Author

℗ 2022 Blue Adventure

16
Real Good (feat. Jerome Thomas)
00:03:27

Jerome Thomas, Author, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Namali Kwaten, Composer - David Mrakpor, Composer - Jackson Mathod, Author, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - NK-OK, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Lab Beats, MainArtist - Kaidi Akinnibi, Composer, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Mr DM, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Blue Adventure

17
Reflection (Outro)
00:03:12

Hamilton Bohannon, Composer - Urban Soul Orchestra, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Hussey, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Teni Tinks, Author - Namali Kwaten, Composer - David Mrakpor, Composer - NK-OK, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Lab Beats, MainArtist - Mr DM, String Arranger, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Blue Adventure

Album Description

As Blue Lab Beats, NK-OK (Namali Kwaten) and MR DM (David Mrakpor) are up in space fighting sounds and rhythms! After several EPs and two albums already, this London duo is climbing the heights of groove from all sides. It’s got a bit of old groove (Herbie Hancock and Roy Ayers for jazz-fusion, A Tribe Called Quest and J Dilla for hip-hop), an ultra-urban sound which is sometimes reminiscent of 90’s English acid jazz, Afro-beat fury (The title Motherland Journey even contains a sample of Fela Kuti's voice on Everything Scatter) and electronic influences. A 360° approach that can occasionally feel baffling but maintains an ultra-solid rhythmic axis. NK-OK and MR DM have also invited some big names to the party (Ghanaian Afro-beat star Ghetto Boy, the new strong voices of neo-soul and London R&B like Ego Ella May, Pip Millet and Tiana Major9...) and also slip in a few instrumentals which highlight their genius. In 2020, Blue Lab Beats revisited vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson’s Montara on their Blue Note compilation Re:imagined, and the result was mind-blowing. Here, they prove they’re able to combine jazz-fusion, soul, hip-hop, electro, Caribbean and Afro-beat music with real class. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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