Multi-hyphenate performer and musician Tessellated has impressively insinuated himself into the ‘summer banger’ discussion with the entrancing No Ansa, which features afrobeats rising star Crayon.
The pioneering producer and performer is best known for skillfully fusing eclectic sounds, across musical genres. No Ansa adheres to the same blueprint. The new single compellingly flaunts percussive, wind and string elements from several genres – principally from afrobeats, hip-hop, and jazz – and effortlessly decorates a genteel dancehall-reggae canvas.
“There’s definitely a movement happening in Jamaica with a new wave of artists and producers. I’m proud to be part of that and we want to raise the bar for our music and how it is received and heard around the globe,” Tessellated shares.
Duetting partner, Lagos-based Crayon also experiments with musical genres, primarily fusing latin, afrobeats, and Caribbean sounds. The Nigerian, last year, enjoyed a boost to his career aspirations, after inking a major deal with one of his country’s top music labels, Mavin Records.
The Lagosian singer-songwriter has racked up millions of views with his popular So Fine single, which he performs in Yoruba and English. Crayon names Fela, Drake, Wizkid and Davido among his musical influences.
Tessellated previously dominated the airwaves with the hugely popular Pine and Ginger single (performed with Amindi and Valleyz). Notably, tech giants Apple also picked the Kingston-based artiste’s even more popular performer-debut track I Learnt Some Jazz Today as the soundtrack for the company’s AirPods: Bounce commercial.
The Jamaican is currently redirecting focus to his upcoming debut release, Tropics Vol 1, following a global pandemic-interrupted tour schedule that would have included performances at SXSW as well as for the now-postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympic.
“I’m looking forward to the world hearing this, as it bridges the gaps between all of the musical styles I have been experimenting with over the last couple of years.”
Meanwhile, Crayon‘s recent singles are Kpano, Shima, and Mo Bad; all beautifully fusing Yoruba and English over searing fusion beats.