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  • David Bentley

Shadi G (Sweden) – Mitoone (Ft. Elijah Boothe) (single)

I’m really not quite sure what to say about this one. ‘Mitoone’ was introduced to me as “drawing inspiration from a dizzying array of genres including jazz, soul, Persian music and hip-hop”. It took me back to when I went to see legendary Pakistani Sufi singer Abida Parveen at the Manchester International Festival a couple of years back. She had the crowd rocking in the aisles with music not that far removed from this melange of styles from Shadi G.

And adding extra spice is a vocal that sounds like it could be FKA Twigs. It is an alluring track even if the music isn’t to your taste. Her moniker suggests a rap or hip hop artist but her image implies Indian princess.

She says, “This is the ultimate conversation with yourself. Behind every reaction there lies a lifetime of accumulated experiences and by finding compassion and understanding for yourself, you will discover that same sentiment towards others.” So every reaction has an equal and opposite action. Newton please note.

The one disappointment, as is all too often the case with Scandinavian R&B and hip hop artists is the inclusion of a ‘foreigner’ for no obvious reason and whose contribution adds nothing to the track. Molly Hammar is notorious for it. That means American artist Elijah Boothe in this case, who is an actor as well as a singer. He should stick to acting because regrettably his formulaic U.S. rap-lite contribution just gets in the way of what is otherwise a nice little song, perfect for some late night winding-down listening.

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