The Very Best - Warm Heart of Africa (Moshimoshi)

Mary Stokes | Monday, 21 September 2009

The Very Best - Warm Heart of Africa (Moshimoshi)

The equivalent of a modern-day fairytale, the story of The Very Best offers positive proof that good things happen to those who are in the right place at the right time.

In this, the first single from their forthcoming album, The Very Best have enlisted the help of Vampire Weekend's lead singer, Ezra Koeing in order to truly evoke the spirit of the 'Warm Heart of Africa.'

Underneath Koeing's vocals, Esau Muramwaya ensures the track is rooted in a rich and varied percussion line.  The simple melody then feeds off this syncopation to transport the listener to Esau's native Malawi.

The Very Best's African/Western style easily lends itself to comparisons with Koeing's Vampire Weekend. And while there are similarities between the two, these are more due to the constraints of the genre, than The Very Best imitating Koeing's earlier work.

Released ahead of the album, 'Warm Heart of Africa' is, if nothing else a catchy dance single which would sound well at home on mainstream radio. But with such a name, the track cries out for more to be made of the harmonies and the percussion line if it's to truly evoke the Malawian spirit.

Rating: 4/5