Seye will release his second single ‘Mexicana Bounce’ on September 24th 2012 via Stranger Records / Mercury.The track is already receiving strong support from Huw Stephens on Radio 1 and from Xfm, watch the brilliant new video here: http://youtu.be/DoeuDCzEciA
Seye’s debut single ‘White Noise’ was released by Stranger in April and picked up regular Radio 1 plays from Huw Stephens, Rob Da Bank, Nick Grimshaw and Sara Cox. Seye has since signed to Mercury, the home of fellow Afro Pop star D’Banj, has played some of the biggest UK festivals including Isle Of Wight, Lounge On The Farm and Latitude, provided guest vocals on The Very Best’s single ‘Kondaine’ (check out the video shot in the wilds of Kenya here: http://youtu.be/WDvwzgML6ZQ) and begun work on his debut album with the likes of Afrikan Boy and Spoek Mathambo. Seye will also be joining Damon Albarn on his African Express Train Tour in September, alongside Amadou & Mariam, Charli XCX and Bombay Bicycle Club.
The colourful pop singer returns with the suitably upbeat ‘Mexicana Bounce’, an ode to a break up not gone entirely to plan, set in a Mexican restaurant. “They don’t go through with it, and they just think “sod it, let’s just go out and have a good time” explains Seye. Taking a leaf out of Paul Simon’s approach to songwriting with more of a storytelling style in the verses, it’s more poetic and figurative than your average pop song; re-affirming that Seye isn’t your average pop star. It has a distinctive Afro dance feel, influenced by his collaborations with the Afrobeats scene and lives up to its title with more than a little ‘bounce’ to the catchy chorus.
The single also features several remixes, most notably from The Very Best who provide an explosive Afro-carnival take on the track, just in time for the summer. Another highlight comes from hotly tipped electronic duo Bondax with a breezy Balearic two step version.
After supporting Lana Del Rey late last year, Emeli Sande on her UK tour in April, Seye was asked by Paloma Faith to be her main support at Somerset House in July, even joining Paloma on stage to play guitar during the hit single ‘Stone Cold Sober’. Seye has been playing with a brand new live band, which a features a fabulous keyboard player Hinako Omori and an astonishing young drummer Amanda Brown, who might just be the female Questlove. Having taken their new show to festivals this summer, Seye will be supporting The Very Best on their US tour next month, followed by a string of UK dates with Aiden Grimshaw. No one but Seye could be asked to support such diverse artists and shows he straddles the worlds of Afro Beat and pop with incredible ease.
If the name Adelekan sounds familiar, it’s because Seye is Gbenga from Metronomy’s younger brother. Proving that musical talent runs in the family, Seye started out playing guitar for big name pop artists such as Ellie Goulding,Paloma Faith and The Noisettes. Now he’s going it alone and showing he’s a formidable and multi-cultural new talent in his own right. Born in Nigeria and now living in Bromley via Ecuador and Holland, Seye is a truly modern pop star in the making.
With Africa Express:
Mon 3 Sep Middlesbrough Town Hall £15 www.seetickets.com / 01642 729 729
Tue 4 Sep Glasgow The Arches £15 www.thearches.co.uk / 0141 5651000
Thu 6 Sep Cardiff Solus (Cardiff University) £15 www.seetickets.com / 02920 230130
Fri 7 Sep Bristol The Big Top @ Creative Common £17.50 www.colstonhall.org / 0117 922 3686
Sat 8 Sep London Granary Square at King’s Cross £20 www.kililive.com/artists/