If you’re a fan of Toto’s era-defining 1982 single Africa (and let’s be honest – who isn’t?), then you will want to check out Eskei83’s new Toto – Africa DnB remix/cover, even if it’s just out of sheer curiosity. The remix is titled Eskei83 – Africa (ft Sedric Perry), and its interpretation of the iconic track’s evocative lyrics and euphoric, highly memorable chorus is sure to make this Drum and Bass remix into a DJ weapon for 2024 festivals. In this sense it makes a great partner to another of Eskei83’s recent releases, the hype track The Champ Is Here (VIP), which is also bound to be heard at festivals worldwide next year.
The first thing to note about this remix is that Eskei83 and Sedric Perry actually keep a lot of the key features of the original song, including the opening riff (which in this instance is backed by the rattle of a classic Drum and Bass beat) as well as the iconic chorus harmonies (which are even mixed in a similar way to those on the original track). In terms of differences, meanwhile, the big one is the build-up that’s created just before the refrain, which adds a sense of tension and later release when the drop finally happens. As a result, this remix features a much greater sense of contrast than Toto’s original version, a well-crafted feature that will give festival audiences their moment to really let loose and revel in the track’s choruses.
But although it will undoubtedly be a weapon for Drum and Bass DJs at festivals in 2024, Eskei83 – Africa (ft Sedric Perry) might not be for everyone, simply because it takes such an iconic track and completely transforms its sound. If this is indeed the case, then maybe you’d rather overlook this Toto – Africa DnB remix/cover and instead check out some of Eskei83’s other releases, including his high-energy Trap music anthem G-SH!T, his Thugli collaboration Like This, as well as his remixes of Lil Nas X’s Star Walkin, Robin S’s Show Me Love and Marten Hørger and Neon Steve’s Hip Hop.