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Clarens will release a new single “Pray”, on…

Clarens will release a new single “Pray”, on 11.24.14 via Yuksek’s label Partyfine. The track- also produced by Yuksek- is the follow-up to debut single “Trust”, released earlier this year via the label’s 1st anniversary compilation Partyfine Vol.1.

The guiding hand of Pierre-Alexandre Busson (better known as Yuksek) across “Pray” is particularly fitting, given that this new track was borne out of the particularly bewildering period 4 years previously, when a then 18 year old Ousseynou Cissé (Clarens) arrived alone in Rennes, North France, spurred two and a half thousand miles away from his birthplace in Dakar by the dogged determination to realize his musical ambitions at any cost. A burgeoning love for electronic music soon manifested itself in various remixes for local bands, eventually piquing the interest of Jean-Sylvain Le Gouic, producer & singer for whip-smart disco-pop purveyors Juveniles.

Le Gouic’s support was soon borne out in an extended stint for Cissé as the bassist in Juveniles’ touring line-up, where a shared bill alongside Yuksek brought Clarens to the attention of Busson. Impressed by what he heard of Cissé’s demos, Busson asked to produce Clarens’ debut material, thus sealing a light-speed assimilation into the Partyfine family. Speaking about the preceding period of uncertainty which had originally informed “Pray”, Cissé says:

“When I arrived in Rennes I was determined to become a musician by any means, not only because it is music that makes me feel alive, but also because music is the only thing I can do properly. I wrote this song as a prayer towards anyone who could help me become the person I am today- I didn’t know at the time that my wish would be fulfilled that fast.”

DJ Premier x Gangstarr – True Heads Merch Mix

Today DJ Premier announces the launch of the Gangtarr online webshop, which features a bunch of items from the official merch line of one of the greatest Rap duos in history. Click here to peruse the stock. In honor of the launch, he put together The True Heads Merch Mix, a collection of Gangstarr standouts and rarities […]

BADBADNOTGOOD – Kaleidoscope (Kaytranada Remix)

Kaytranada flips BADBADNOTGOOD’s “Kaleidoscope”, from the group’s recent album III. Look out for their upcoming Soul Sole project with Ghostface, and check out the first single at the link below. Previously: BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah ft. Elzhi – Gunshowers | The Celestics (Kaytranada & Louie P.) – Supreme Laziness (Mixtape)