The London-based Afrojazz duo Blue Lab Beats and Afrobeats Prince Ghettoboy have teamed up to release the new single “Sensual Loving”, Combining energetic percussion, smooth saxophone provided by Kaidi Akinnibi, and Ghettoboy’s infectious vocals, “Sensual Loving” finds the sweet spot between the dull Afrobeats rhythm and the smooth R&B energy, which is perfect for summer. Directed by the award-winning video director Prince Dovlo and filmed on the stunning Kokrobite beach in Accra, Ghettoboy’s hometown, the idyllic accompanying video perfectly captures the atmosphere of the track. It marks the second collaboration between Blue Lab Beats and Ghettoboy in quick succession after the March single “Blow You Away (Delilah)”. When talking about the creation of the song, the duo explained: “The sensual love starts with drums and percussion samples, then David uses bass and guitar to do his thing, and then Caddy uses the saxophone to do his thing. Ghetto boy then recorded his vocals in his home studio. This song is very fast and fun to make.
Originally it was going to be a lot longer but then we wanted the arrangement to have much more of a punchier effect so then you really felt every section”.
One of the fastest-rising production duos in the world right now, Blue Lab Beats consists of producer NK-OK and multi-instrumentalist Mr DM. Starting out as bedroom producers, remixing tracks from A-listers such as Dua Lipa and Rag’N’Bone Man, the pair quickly grew into something far more potent – crafting a supple, wide-ranging sound inspired by the pioneers of hip-hop and the music of the African diaspora while staying true to their London roots
With over 25 million streams and having played Glastonbury as well as supporting the likes of Roy Ayers and Thundercat, Blue Lab Beats releases such as 2017 EP ‘Freedom’, with its stand out track ‘Sam Cooke & Marvin Gaye’, or 2018’s ‘XOver’, a debut album brimming with hits including the six-million-times-streamed ‘Pineapple’, have proved how popular their sound has quickly become.
Releases such as the 2019 EP ‘Vibe Central’, which has features from vocalist Jodie Abacus and Grammy-nominated trumpeter Theo Croker alongside statement track ‘Hi There’, a soulful instrumental sermon that also appears on Blue Lab’s 2020 album, ‘Voyage’, brought them further success.
That project finds guests including rapper Sampa the Great, hornsman Kaidi Akinnibi and a talkbox-wielding DT soul bouncing off the remarkable creative chemistry that exists between NK-OK and Mr DM
Described as the ‘Prince of the Afrobeats scene’, Ghettoboy burst onto the scene with debut single ‘Under Lover’ in 2017, a track that became a viral sensation and propelled him to prominence, sparking a global dance routine in the process.
He has since performed all over the world, from headlining a show in Germany, playing with Mr Eazi in Sweden and touring Europe to appearing as a guest for DJ Abrantee, Afro B and Tim Westwood on Capital Xtra. Brimming with sunkissed energy, ‘Sensual Loving’ has been crafted with summer in mind.
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