Enigmatic London do-it-all Ofei dropped his long-awaited debut EP out of nowhere, which makes up for the fact we named him Sound of 2013 late last year. On the 4-track release titled London, the singer-songwriter combines off-kilter r&b, an auto tuned but soulful voice and piano-melodies, a mix that sounds incredibly unorthodox but exciting. The magic ingredient to his sound is some kind of synth-filter that just makes his sound unique. Full EP below (free download on Bandcamp), with a special mention of undeniable EP highlight Tomorrow.

Enigmatic London wonder Ofei delivers his most accessible work to date with the brand new Tomorrow. With every song, Ofei pulls us more into his own little world, one where his typical use of auto-tune is a higher power speaking to your mind. Accompanied by a simple yet empowering piano line, Ofei is on a winning streak so far, and we have a feeling Tomorrow is everything but the final shot.

After the shockingly good debut single London from London Soul singer Ofei, he follows up the blend of genres with an equally mix’y new song Fate. Even though the mysterious singer hides himself behind an awful lot of reverb, you can literally feel this song rattle your bones. The found footage video comes with added lyrics of the song, plus a filter to go along with the reverb. His next single is Tomorrow, and in true Ofei-style he already uploaded a snippet of the recording of the song to his second Youtube-channel.

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Today we take a closer look at The Boys. We admit we’re more easily attracted to girls musically, but 2013 might become the Year of the Boys if you take a look at the five acts we’ve featured below.

Mikky Ekko

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Mikky Ekko is definitely most promising and exciting new singer-songwriter that crossed our path in 2012, his Pull Me Down might have something to do with that. This Louisina-born young man spent the last months recording his debut record with a handful of big producers (Paul Epworth, John Hill, Dave Sitek, Clams Casino, etc) and one of our favorite new songwriters Justin Parker (Lana Del Rey’s partner in crime, Laura by Bat For Lashes) - it would be a true shock if this album doesn’t fulfill our wishes.

Ofei

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Ofei is a “London Soul” singer that bathes in mystery; he’s got nothing but one track out, the stunning London, but that one song makes us gasp for breath. His voice reminds us of Ellery Roberts’ (WU LYF) over-the-top voice, as it almost sounds as if he’s singing his lungs out. London represents the true sound of the city of London: with it’s many layers and unexpected directions it represents the chaos and vibrant atmosphere of the city; on the other hand, London is a highly charismatic and soulful tune because after all, living in London is basically kind of living in a dream.

S O H N

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Vienna-via-London producer S O H N is probably the most intriguing producers around right now, with a sound that’s so organically electronic you can hardly call him a producer. With his well-structured and highly original tunes, S O H N received worldwide praise - we are sure he is capable of a lot more.

Deptford Goth

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Deptford Goth doesn’t mess around and goes straight for your heart - it’s very easy to love him though. Lyrically and musically, this London singer creates a safe harbour for all hopeless romantics and lonely hearts out there. Perfectly crafted indie-oriented pop; we just can’t wait to have his record soundtrack those quiet evenings.

Mykki Blanco

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Oh boy, we sure do love Mykki Blanco. His whole persona-game are what attracted us to him/her in the first place, but Ms. Blanco is one of the most exciting rappers out there in our humble opinion. Surrounding yourself with talented producers, directors and photographers sure has it benefits, but the idea of combining a certain macho aggressivity with a sexy female bitch-vibe was all her’s.

Our friends from SelfBlown introduced us to “London Soul” singer Ofei some time ago, but it didn’t click with us rightaway. Fate made us end up on his website again today though, and this time his debut single London did match the high expectations we have of new artists. His voice reminds us of Ellery Roberts’ (WU LYF) over-the-top voice, as it almost sounds as if he’s singing his lungs out. This however results in a very emotional, soulful feeling we strongly appreciate in Ofei’s music. It’s a very layered track, Jai Paul’esque in a way but a lot more charismatic and far less electronic.

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