Try as I might, it’s hard not to compare fellow British artists Benjamin Clementine and Kwabena Adjepong to each other. Although both currently live in Europe (Kwabs in London, where Clementine once lived before moving to Paris), Clementine and Adjepong are Ghanaian by birth. Both have deeply rich velvety voices, and both produce music that can be classified as ‘doom soul’ - a term I’ve borrowed from Somali-Canadian artist Cold Specks that refers to the deeply poetic, poignant, rich and mellow nature of the artist’s sound and aesthetic (think Nina Simone) that, at the very least, forces shivers down your spine with every note sung or played.
Despite their similarities, however, both artists carry with them a distinct sound and you’ll never have to fear mixing them up. Those of you who’ve been following this blog for some time are by now familiar with my adoration for Kwabs’ music. Now, thanks to fellow tumblr user bon-dia-querida, I’ve become familiar with Clementine’s equally as astounding sounds. Watch as he gives a breathtaking live performance of three of his original songs, ‘Quiver’, ‘I Won’t Complain’ and ‘London’.