[The Music Blog] New imprint, same Kiss Daniel: On his label exit and new single.

The reports that Kiss Daniel has unilaterally walked out on his deal with G-WorldWide have been confirmed by Kiss Daniel himself, but there is bare information about his new label Flyboi Inc. As is the natural order for legal and media blow back to trail artists walking out on their contracts in this part of the word, it may be early to presume Kiss Daniel is in the clear with his former management. For now though, the singer seems to be forging ahead nonetheless with “No Do”, new single about living within personal limits and avoiding complications.

In a true storyteller fashion, Kiss Daniel’s “No Do” lends a sample from Tales By Moonlight, an old-time nationally syndicated TV show aimed at retelling popular African folk-tales to younger audiences. The Philkeyz-produced instrumentals thrives on the same neo-highlife soundscape that made Kiss Daniel’s last single, “Yeba”, while Daniel himself incorporates a melodic ad-lib reminiscent of mid-story folk-songs from Tales By Moonlight and it’s accompanying refrains.

The psuedo-moralistic section of Kiss Daniel’s artistry is often grounded in familiar topical African narratives, thus explains why themes of humility, moderation and philosophies from the hard knock life, readily surface on “No Do”. More samples and African wisdom come into play with a lyrical interpolation of Afro-juju legend, Ebenezer Obey’s 1987 classic, “Aimasiko”, which Kiss Daniel uses to portrait how humans merely overburden their lives in an endless rat race because they are impervious to process and predestination.

“No Do” earmarks the beginning of Kiss Daniel’s independent run, and he couldn’t have chosen a better track to show continuity and consistency in quality, regardless of which flag he decides to fly on any given day.

Stream Kiss Daniel’s “No Do” via SoundCloud here.

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