Yolanda Be Cool identify as big fans of Kwanzaa Posse, and the reverence shows in their recent retouch of the 1993 tribal house classic “Musika,” which was remixed by the likes of Miami deep house dons Murk in their prime.
“We’ve been fans of Kwanzaa Posse for years and were stoked to be able to collab with them on ‘Musika,’” the duo explains. “With this song, we wanted to combine everything we love of the underground house scene with the epically catchy vocals from the Posse, and throw in some musical hooks of our own to create something special: a song that could work on a huge festival stage, but also a small club.”
Into this graced space enters Bristol’s rabble-rouser GotSome, who has turned up on venerable imprints Defected, Toolroom, and MTA. His rework amps the afro-house vibe of the original and the lilting melody into a sparkling cosmic disco hook. It’s a punchy earworm with a stronger kick and rumbling bass, which make its chant-driven breakdown more beguiling. Not surprisingly, it’s checked the support box from all the right people, from Pete Tong to Annie Mac and Claude VonStroke.
Since its initial release, “Musika” has seen its share of remixes and reimaginings. No slight to any of the previous reworks, but they all seem to be leading to this one.
Available April 6 via Sweat It Out! Music.
Buy Yolanda Be Cool’s “Musika” here.