Love Ssega – “Minds” (Stereogum Premiere)

Love Ssega may be a fresh pop signee, but his voice has already been heard by millions on the early Clean Bandit single “Mozart’s House.” The British-Ugandan singer was one of the founders of the classical/electronic group, who had a worldwide hit last year with “Rather Be,” during their premature days at Cambridge University. But just as “Mozart’s House” caught momentum, he walked away from the band to finish his PhD in laser sensing. Now he’s trading in his chemicals for beats as he returns to music with his upcoming solo EP Minds, sharing its vibrant funky title track. While his prior inspirations derived from the South London grime scene, “Minds” takes on a modern mix of ’80s New Wave and disco infused beats influenced by acts like LCD Soundsystem and Kindness. “Minds” layers heavy grooving bass and piano with a topping of airy trickling synths for one hip-shaking track. Ssega’s signature rap-like verses lead into spirited harmonies that take a soulful route all the way to end. Listen below.

The Minds EP is out 10/16 via Hometown/Sony.