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Thank goodness for Nnamdi Ogbonnaya. He's a regular in the city's DIY punk scene—he plays in My Dad, Itto, and Pisces at the Animal Fair—and on Sunday he dropped a schizophrenic collage-pop solo album called Bootie Noir. Ogbonnaya put together a pretty eccentric collection, though I haven't been able to really digest all 20 tracks because I've been obsessing over one in particular: "Ice Cream (Banana Split)."
With its slinky and trippy beat, "Ice Cream" places Ogbonnaya's batshit-crazy sound firmly in the intersection between R&B and hip-hop. Oshwa front woman Alicia Walter provides sensual and sometimes whimsical vocals that work as a great foil for Ogbonnaya's down-pitched spitting—their chemistry draws out the playfulness and sincerity of the tune's lyrics, which depict angry lovers who decide to reconcile over ice cream. The chorus, "Eff it, let's go and get ice cream," perfectly channels the tune's spirit while evoking the carefree attitude that resonates with my feelings towards summer—not to mention the fact that it also describes a great summertime activity. There are plenty of great new songs that will be in the running for "song of the summer" this year, but I can't imagine hearing a better summer jam about frozen desserts than Ogbonnaya's "Ice Cream."