Londoners Blackmale Beats have returned with one of their finest offerings to date, a futurist soul number dubbed “The Love” that coasts confidently on digitized bass, clever horns and more bionic “oohs” and “ahs” than a fireworks display from the year 2115. Produced by Shem Lawrence and Lukman Shoge, the tune bridges gaps between easy-stepping funk, Caribbean deep cuts and neo-R&B, mapping it all out with poise to spare. It’s the kind of beat you could drive all night under bright neon lights to (not a bad idea, to be frank).
From the looks of things, the Blackmale crew have been seriously busy, stopping by London classrooms to deliver clinics and sampling classes at the Tate Britain. A knowledge-spreading move to which we can only say–right on. Each one teach one. With social consciousness and musical talent to spare, it’s sure comforting to know Shoge and Lawrence are keeping it up across the pond. Listen to their new single “The Love” below and peep their very special “Skool Assembly” mixtape drop (done special for Okayplayer) for a more extended trip through their soulful point of view.