Unchained XL is a UK born Nigerian hip hop artist and producer with a unique, Afrocentric sound. Smashing Aotearoa (NZ) with his high energy live sets over summer... here is his first single from The Migrant Mind EP - My Only Home feat. Genesis Elijah & O.Femi (UK).
My Only Home is a hard-hitting commentary on the global refugee crisis. The track is an emotive, down tempo hip hop ballad with a New Orleans pipe band influence with that distinct Unchained XL style.
The Migrant Mind EP is the highly anticipated follow up to last years’ EP, Foreign Legacy, and blends traditional Afrofunk and Afrobeat-inspired textures, utilising a combination of live instruments and synths supported by his live band. ‘Foreign Legacy’ spawned the well-received singles E No dey Easy, What You Said and But do they Know.
My Only Home deals with the issue of borders and migration. In general, the EP sets out to capture an example of the kind of brooding complexity and whirlpool of issues existing in the mind of a non-western migrant.
The Migrant Mind EP builds upon several themes introduced in Foreign Legacy, including the strive for excellence and dissatisfaction with mediocrity, racial consciousness, black unity and self-identity. It also touches on more concrete issues, such as in Figures which talks about how the pen is more destructive than the gun in both western and Nigerian contexts.
2019 will showcase more of Unchained XL’s explosive musical diversity, with more music coming out, even after this brilliant new EP. The experience of watching Unchained XL & his band perform live is not to be missed!
The Migrant Mind - EP Release Party
Unchained XL w/ Ijebu Pleasure Club, Mo Muse & more, Saturday 30th March @ Neck of the Woods