Listen: Branko’s Zouk & R&B Fusion “Let Me Go” ft Nonku Phiri & Mr. Carmack
Recorded at the Red Bull Studio in Cape Town, the smooth track will appear on the Portuguese producer’s forthcoming global club album, ATLAS, out September 4, 2015 via Enchufada.
For Branko, “Let Me Go” is indeed proof that R&B merges beautifully with the intoxicating sounds of the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique (zouk) and Angola (kizomba).
“Personally I think zouk and kizomba could really add a new direction to R&B and take it back to the roots in a really creative way,” he told The Fader earlier this year.
“I also think couples need to start dancing together again!,” he continued. “It’s an important part of social behaviour that’s getting a bit lost in the 21st century, the physical contact, the tension and the whole ‘I don’t know how to dance dilemma’ made life more interesting.”
“I think we all knew we had something special in our hands by the end of that day,” he said. “If one of the main things I wanted to achieve with ATLAS was to bring artists from different backgrounds together and see what kind of new and exciting music we could come up with, then ‘Let Met Go’ was definitely one of those ‘mission accomplished’ moments for me.”
ATLAS‘ unique collaborators include fellow Enchufada artist The Clerk, Okapii vocalist Alex Rita, NY duo Princess Nokia, Brooklyn rapper Mr. MFN eXquire, Dutch emcee Zanillya, Dirty Paraffin‘s OkMalumKoolKat, and South African/Dutch future bass band SKIP&DIE.