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Discover the Atmospheric Sounds of Globally Renowned Osunlade

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Listen to 5 essential tracks from world-renowned DJ and producer, Osunlade.

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From an early age, Christian Carolos Warren, also known as Osunlade, found his way in the presence of music. The St. Louis native learned how to play the piano at 7 and taught himself how to play drums, bass, and guitar. His musical ingenuity brought him success at 17, as he landed a development deal in Hollywood. He scored the music for “Rockula” and produced music for the widely popular “Sesame Street.”

Soon after, he became a high in-demand remixer and producer as he earned production credits on a number of albums by the likes of Freddie Jackson, Eric Benet, Patti Labelle, and many more.

Click on the player above to hear “5 on 5: Osunlade” and get a feel for Osunlade’s atmospheric sounds with these five essential tracks:


1. Beloved (Main Mix)

Looking for a spiritual awakening and change from the corporate music world, Warren found himself on a pilgrimage led to a naturalist ancestral culture based on the Yoruba Tribes of Africa. From here, he went by a new artist name in Osunlade and started the music label, Yoruba Records and released his debut album, “Paradigm”.

2. A Monk’s Tear

In his 2007 release, Osunlade released his album, “Elements Beyond.” He was living in Greece where he expanded the bounds of house and tribal music globally.

3. A Day Without U - Osunlade  

Throughout his career, Osunlade displayed a versatility of style in his music. That style is showcased in his album, “Pyrography.” This was his last play on pure tribal house music, as his future sound would stretch his musical boundaries.

4. Human Beings – Osunlade

Osunlade demonstrates the idea of staying true to yourself as an artist, someone who lives his art. This is present on the album “A Man With No Past Originating the Future.”

5. What Gets You High – Osunlade

From St. Louis to the global music scene, Osunlade continues to release music. He pushes his work through a globally respected music label of talented producers and artists developed a sound that bridges numerous genres and music lovers together.

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