Stutter & Twitch 7" Series

A 2 track afrobeat single (8m 50s) — released October 19th 2018 on Stutter And Twitch

Agbeko are 22-legged Afro-Rock-Funk outfit from Manchester, UK. Formed in 2015, they have quickly established themselves as a must-see act on the festival scene and at various headline shows across the UK and Europe, earning them a slot supporting Afrobeat giants Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 in November of this year. Their debut EP 'Unite' received airplay across a myriad of radio stations including BBC Radio, Worldwide FM and the New York Afrobeat Show.

'Outstanding.' - Jazzwise

'Manchester's finest - and most persuasive - advert for quixotic musical adventure' -Manchester Evening News

Leaders of the Free World/Submit represents Agbeko's first outing with Stutter & Twitch records and perfectly captures the band of 20-somethings' singular concoction of fiery lyrics, swaggering afro-funk grooves and razor-sharp horn lines. Nods to Fela Kuti, The Funkees and Eji Oyewole work in tandem with the band's healthy upbringing on Led Zeppelin and Parliament Funkadelic to generate a groovy, angry statement of intent fresh out of the north of England.

LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD [Side A] – Hefty stab chords and mysterious keyboards open this brooding afro-funk lament, all set at the tempo of a Trumpian swagger. 'Leaders of the Free World, where there is hunger don't feed us your slogans' opines the chorus before a Trombone wig-out slices through proceedings. It is a protest anthem for the millennial generation, destined for a sea of fist-in-the-air collective sing-alongs.

SUBMIT (AN ANGER RUNS THROUGH MY VEINS) [Side B] – A declamatory fanfare signals the Manchester 11-piece's return to the fray as interlocking melodies dance around an up-tempo get-on-your-feet groove. Syncopated guitar hooks battle bells and drums as the vocal demands 'Stay away from me – I won't ask again.' Socially conscientious, effortlessly danceable and unapologetically angry.

Outstanding - Thomas Rees Jazzwise

Manchester's finest - and most persuasive - advert for quixotic musical adventure - Daisy Jackson Manchester Evening News

I got so lost in the sound that I actually fell got completely out of hand. - Ed Edwards Sample Sounds

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