29/12/2020: “I Need Someone” by Kris Okotie

The lightning fast guitar fluttering in the background of this marks it out as a distinctively African disco track.

Released in Nigeria in 1980, the title track of Okotie’s debut album, the song is designed for the dancefloor.

The lyrics aren’t complicated, and are delivered almost slurred, but without sacrificing the energy and exuberance needed to make the track work.

The song almost feels dubby at points, with electronic pops and excitable piano chords fizzling left right and centre. A true classic!

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