When Elf Kid burst onto the scene last year he stuck firmly to his south London roots. Back then the 20-year-old, a onetime member of Novelist’s former grime group The Square, lolloped around his Deptford estate to his Amerie-sampling debut single ‘Golden Boy’, but it’s a far cry from where he ends 2016.
His follow up comes in the form of ‘Reload That’, on which he samples Malian desert-punk group Songhoy Blues and takes grime “back to the motherland” – travelling to Ethiopia to produce the video with the help of ASOS. In an interview with Dazed, he said: “I’m African myself and we’re going out there to collaborate with some sick local musicians – man is pushing the limits.”
Songhoy Blues’ upbeat guitar-twiddling track ‘Irganda’ is pepped up with a heavier bass line and vuvuzela-style horns to fool us into thinking it’s summer again, and Elf Kid’s quick-wit lyrics – “Ethiopia ain’t about no riff-raff, won’t take breaks unlike a Kit-Kat” – slot the track next to Dizzee Rascal’s old school grime. Check it out below:
Elf Kid plays London’s XOYO on January 7, 2017.