London based production/DJ collective The Busy Twist have become known for their unique brand of dance floor-ready remixes, live DJ sets and original productions, showcasing the best of African influenced world music. Releasing music on their own label Busy Life Music, they join the dots between African, South American, Caribbean and UK club music with a sound which melds the sonic genealogy of all four palettes and re-imagining them in a contemporary way. Having travelled the globe to find inspiration and musical collaborators, they have developed an exchange with local artists that works in both directions. This is crucial to creating what has been described as borderless music'.
Their latest project is a collaboration with Congolese singer/songwriter Tres AKA Kinsasha Boy, as the pairing eye an album drop and tour later this year. Their new single Ya Yo' is the second offering from the project and sees them entering a more commercial space with the groovy melodic Afrobeats track. Boasting some chilled synth stabs, a minimally hypnotic beat full of rhythm and colour and Tres' distinctive and enchanting vocals, this club-ready track is geared up for radio and comes with accompanying late-night inspired music video.
Ya Yo translates to For You' and is a love song which draws inspiration from an old Congolese proverb “Bolingo Eza lokalo mbeli osali erreur ozoki” which means love is like a knife, be careful where you are holding it'. In it Tres laments the struggles of finding a balance between the love of your work life and that of your personal relationships.
This follows their first track Etali Nga Te' which dropped late 2019 and was supported by Complex, Okay Africa and several Spotify playlists and influential media platforms. Prior to this project, The Busy Twist's other releases have enjoyed radio support from the likes of Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Lauren Laverne, Gilles Peterson, Branko, Anna Lunoe and Toddla T with press platforms such as The Guardian, Noisey, Dummy, Hyponik and Clash also championing their widely acclaimed sound.
More info on Tres: Tres was a refugee from Kinshasa, Congo, displaced from his home and forced to move to the UK due to political conflicts in his country. After spending several years homeless on the streets of London and in and out of social care, he started channelling his efforts through his music, which inevitably brought him to the attention of The Busy Twist, who invited him down for a studio session in which they instantly connected with a shared appreciation of life and music. Together they have developed a sound whilst also focusing on Tres’ roots as Kinsasha Boy.
During his time in the UK, Tres was taken off the streets and given refuge in Centre point hostel where he had the opportunity to perform for Prince William. This proved to be a transformative experience which helped land him support for his music career in the UK (including Sky News and ITV This Morning performances). This led to a record deal from Roundhouse in the UK and a support tour for The Black Keys, kicking off his music career in a big way. Tres has also worked with world renowned writers whose credits include Adele, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, and Paolo Nutini.