When the Nigerian veteran Spinall released his fifth album, Grace, last December, “Sere” was an immediate highlight. Frisky yet reverential, with goofy come-ons (“I no fit fight kung-fu/But I go fight for you”), piercing percussion, balmy guitar, cheerful “whoo!” ad-libs, and unexpected spurts of saxophone, the track has amassed more than two million streams on Spotify.
Spinall gave the track a new jolt of energy in the form of a remix featuring 6lack on Thursday. 6lack initially adds somber weight to the track, singing in a low-to-the-ground, conversational tone. But the irrepressible beat, co-produced by Kel-P (known especially for his work with Burna Boy), starts to energize the singer, who responds by injecting his lines with a playful, skipping cadence. “I don’t run game,” 6lack sings, “but I’m down to play one.” Then he cedes the floor back to that saxophone and Fireboy DML’s handsome harmonies.