Floyd Lavine’s Afrikan Tales project returns for its first release of 2022 to present the label’s maiden V/A sampler. Across four tracks, he introduces emerging artists Katimi Ai, Arol $kinzie and ATMokinesis, alongside sharing a new original of his own, ‘Vaseline’.
Afrikan Tales was launched in 2021, with Floyd’s own ‘Storytellers’ EPs 1 & 2 dropping in March and June respectively, garnering acclaim and coverage in BBC Radio 6, The Wire and Vogue Italia.
Dubbing his sound Afrofuturistic techno funk, the EPs were released with Floyd’s intention of “exploring my truth, reflecting my environment and finding the unknown in the known.”
Additionally, the label was set up to not only showcase Floyd’s work, but also others from Africa or the African diaspora who have been inspired by the continent.
Included in the compilation is Nigerian/Japanese Womb resident Katimi Ai and South African producers Arol $kinzie and ATMokinesis, the latter who is an alumni of Bridges For Music a non-profit that empowers under-served communities in South Africa through music.
This is a broad sonic project celebrating African creativity and a chance to take ownership of their own individual stories through music.