Fast rising East London duo MAKOLA chronicle first world problems on the explosive, irreverent ‘PAY DA BILLS’, released this August. Lifted from their forthcoming EP due to drop later this year, Makola add a thrilling Neptunes inspired beat to their ever evolving musical repertoire. Fusing elements of contemporary pop, afro-beat, house and hip-hop, combined with a disruptive, impassioned social commentary makes it an even more urgent listen in these extraordinary times.
From the first second ‘Pay Da Bills’ is loud, brash and in your face, full of energy, bounce and a unique amalgamation of sound unlike no other – something Makola are now becoming accustomed for. They say: “Immersed in the capitalist dream/nightmare, Pay Da Bills is a light-hearted account of the struggle between wanting to live your life, needing money to survive and the work it takes to achieve a perceived happiness.”
The energetic nature of ‘Pay Da Bills’ juxtaposed with the dilemmas it highlights makes for an interesting experience. What is now apparent is this original duo cannot be pigeon-holed, calling on everything that makes them tick to deliver original music that stands apart from their counterparts.
Makola use their Finnish and Ghanaian backgrounds to blend with the sounds of past and present pop culture, creating a unique vibe that works even better live. From their debut gig at Koko in 2016 to main supporting at Bern, Switzerland’s anti-fascism festival No Borders No Nations in front of 10,000, Makola’s reputation for “getting their point across” on stage has always been evident.
Their debut single ‘This is London’ secured a spot on Apple Music’s ‘A-list’ and received support from BBC 1Xtra and Julie Adenuga on Beats 1 who hailed it as her “song of the summer”. Follow-up track ‘Black Man Statues’ was also playlisted by Mistajam and championed by Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart on Radio 1, as well as securing a place on Spotify’s ‘Grime Shutdown’ playlist. More press accolades followed swiftly from the likes of Complex Magazine, Clash, Afropunk and Earmilk.
Growing up in the nineties and noughties, the two have been influenced by many genres that contribute to the music they make, ranging from hip-hop to highlife or punk to jazz. Their eclectic taste in music makes for an output that sounds like no other act in their field.