Taken from his forthcoming debut mixtape Certified, which will feature some of the best emerging artists from the fast-growing wave of UK Afrobeats music in 2018, London-based super producer Smartbeatz is proud to unveil his brand new single titled ‘Tell Me’ featuring East London Afrobeats and R&B crooner Yemi Rush, as premiered via OkayAfrica.
Better known for huge underground hits in the UK Afrobeats scene over the years including ‘Killing Me’ featuring Kida Kudzand ‘Do Me Right’ featuring Moelogo, Yemi Rush has linked up with buzzing producer SmartBeatz for a smooth Afro-leaning R&B-esque offering, which sees Yemi Rush and SmartBeatz waxing lyrical about their fierce leading lady, who is playing hard to get.
Backed by excellent live instrumentation, including a catchy sub bassline, melodic synth chords, muted trumpet injections and lush percussions, cleverly crafted by SmartBeatz, ‘Tell Me’ is an infectious tune from start to finish, held together nicely by Yemi Rush’s infectious vocal delivery, assured flow, and a memorable chorus that will leave you singing along after one listen.
With a strong passion for music, a proven track record, which continues to grow, and an innovative approach to music production, Smartbeatz is set to break new ground in the ever-changing UK Afrobeats landscape this year, with his own unique blend of fresh and unforgettable music vastly influenced by the African continent – the expression of which, we can expect to hear on his Certified mixtape.
Speaking about how ‘Tell Me’ came about, SmartBeatz says, “this is the first track on my ‘Certified’ project, and it sets the tone. It’s also the first time I’ve worked with Yemi Rush. Before I produced the track, I listened to all his previous music, to understand his flow and style of music. I really like what he does, his songs have loads of melody, which I like, and it’s been a joy to produce this tune for him”.