Your weekly dose of the best new sounds on the continent!
"Philo" - Bella Shmurda ft. Omah Lay
Bella returns with “Philo”, tapping up Omah Lay for his newest effort. The smooth record features everything that makes an afrobeats record a digestible one — from playful verses to layered choruses. Bella and Omah Lay each display why they’re two of the hottest properties on Nigeria’s music scene. A decent effort.
"Patek" - Mr Eazi, DJ Tarico, Joey B
Amapiano has successfully infiltrated Nigeria’s soundscape and it is here to stay. Mr Eazi taps up Ghana’s Joey B for “Patek”. From the moment the beat kicks in, you’re inclined to move in a smooth euphoric dance. After several listens already, I can confidently tell you that the record is, indeed, going.
"Strange Fools" - Moxie Yankee & Aisosa
Upcoming R&B singer Aisosa teams up with producer Moxie Yankee to release a two-track pack, his first release after last year's mellifluous "Abeg". While both songs are sturdy additions to his rather sparse discography, "Fools" is the pick of the bunch. The dulcet record finds the 24-year-old singing about a love affair turned sour, laying honeyed vocals over Moxie's slow drums. "Lonely hour, heart devoured, tear-stained floor, reminiscing on love turned sour / We didn't have to try to so hard if we knew it wasn't love" he sings tenderly, painting a vivid imagery that tugs at the heartstrings.
"Xtra Cool" - Young Jonn
Producer turned audible artist, Young Jonn, releases another record. “Xtra Cool” sees Young Jonn toe a line similar to that of his smash hit, “Dada”. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as he executes it in good taste. It deserves a spot on our new music pick.
"5 Star remix" - Adekunle Gold ft. Rick Ross
Rick Ross is Adekunle Gold’s guest for this “5 Star” re-up. Rozay relays champagne rap on an already soulful record, providing a good addition to the song’s original flavour. Unlike some remixes that should’ve been left in the vault, “5 Star” is given a decent makeover. Shoutout to both of them.
"Soja" - Black Sherif
Our favorite traveler released his new effort today. “Soja” sees Black Sherif croon about a truth that seems to have been locked in his heart for a long time. “Soja soja soja, stand and beat your chest/dem dey come, dem dey come/don’t let them catch you off guard!” he sings, with lyrics that carry several meanings.
"mmadu" - CKay
CKay’s Boyfriend trope seems to be nearing its climax. His transition from Boyfriend to a Sad Romance highlights the natural progression of fleeting lust that we think is love. “mmadu” ties into the lighter parts of that; as he croons in his usual sultry manner, crafting melodies that are peculiar to his brand of music. Let’s see how this sad romance ages over time.