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The First Transgression By Tunde Olaniran

Tunde Olaniran

The First Transgression

[Exchange Bureau Music; 07/15/2011]

By Beverly Bryan

July 29, 2011

Gen Y Blues

The First Transgression, which is the first EP from Flint, Michigan-based avant hip hop and R&B artist Tunde Olaniran is up and on the Internet. It’s three self-produced songs including his previously released single “Cobra” and one remix of the same from Berlin-based DJ/Producer Chris De Luca.

“Cobra,” with its sing-song vocals about emotional turmoil and alienation is still the oddly catchy standout. The two new songs are definitely worth a listen though, especially the improbable electro-rock of “Tiger Balm.” On that one, electro synth and industrial beats mediate between rock riffs and Olaniran’s Siouxsie Sioux-does-R&B vocals.

This recording clarifies Olaniran’s style — dark and idiosyncratic electro with a hip hop sensibility. Even on these four tracks, a lot of ideas are jostling for space. You can expect to see them much more refined and developed whenever this kid comes out with an album.


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