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Late last year, South African muso Toya De­lazy re­leased her new al­bum, Un­com­mod­i­fied, mark­ing the third and fi­nal chap­ter of a mu­si­cal tril­ogy.

For De­lazy, the tril­ogy is a mu­si­cal doc­u­men­ta­tion of her evo­lu­tion as a hu­man be­ing. “My first al­bum, Due Drop, gave me the strength to know my­self. The sec­ond al­bum, As­cen­sion, en­abled me to speak out about all the things I be­lieve in, and now, Un­com­mod­i­fied has lib­er­ated me,” she says. “This al­bum em­bod­ies my free­dom as an artist and de­vo­tion to liv­ing my pur­pose and staying true to my­self.”

Launched un­der her own la­bel, De­lazy En­ter­tain­ment, Un­com­mod­i­fied cel­e­brates De­lazy’s sig­na­ture jazz/elec­tro/hip-hop style amidst a rich ta­pes­try of in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ences, with sound in­spi­ra­tion from Solo­mun, Black Cof­fee, Stor­mzy and Ben­jamin Cle­men­tine.

De­lazy pro­duced and co-pro­duced four of the tracks, col­lab­o­rat­ing with beat­smiths from across the globe to cre­ate this eclec­tic mas­ter­piece. Elec­tro artist Wes My Meds brings the Dur­ban un­der­ground flavour to “Need Your Love”, which also fea­tures up-and-com­ing French hip-hop artist Kil­lASon. South African pro­ducer Kh­wezi adds his in­ter­na­tional su­per-bass sound to the song “No Fol­low”, while Ugan­dan pro­ducer Si­las Beats helped cre­ate the hip-hop slam­mer “Great­est”, the first sin­gle off the al­bum that is al­ready be­ing played on lo­cal air­waves.

Cur­rently liv­ing be­tween the UK and South Africa, De­lazy brings her two worlds to­gether in “Sgubu Sa­bantu”, which fuses Zulu with am­bi­ent techno to cre­ate this big bass house track, while “Di­a­monds in the Rough” was in­flu­enced by the East Lon­don city life and grime scene. The al­bum also fea­tures “Khula Khula” (Grow Grow), an an­them she pro­duced for UNICEF to raise aware­ness about gender in­equal­ity in Africa.

The cover art­work is an explosion of cre­ativ­ity, a theme that runs through the al­bum, which boasts 16 tracks, each a pow­er­ful story and sound on its own. Look out for “Sell by Date”, the freestyle rap outro to the al­bum – De­lazy con­sid­ers it one of her best-writ­ten songs to date – and “Mzala”, pro­duced by Kof­ski from the Ukraine. She also col­lab­o­rated with Dan­ish beat­maker Rob Smyls; French duo Law­less Prod; US-based Mantra; and Zim­bab­wean Rymez.

De­lazy con­cludes: “Ev­ery­thing in to­day’s so­ci­ety is com­mod­i­fied – beauty, suc­cess, even hap­pi­ness – but in ev­ery track of this al­bum, I’ve tried to break those chains and in so do­ing, em­power oth­ers to feel free to ex­press them­selves, un­com­mod­i­fied.”

Un­com­mod­i­fied is avail­able for down­load and streaming on all dig­i­tal plat­forms, and on sale in all ma­jor mu­sic re­tail­ers.

Toya De­lazy de­lazy.com www.face­book.com/toy­ade­lazy www.twit­ter.com/toy­ade­lazy www.in­sta­gram.com/toy­ade­lazy

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