The Pick: Tay Iwar's "YOGA"

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In recent times, there has been chatter about young and vibrant artists injecting a much-needed freshness into the Nigerian music space. Acts like Rema, Odunsi The Engine, The Cavemen, Cruel Santino, Fireboy are slowly stretching the sonic landscape of the country as they fuse and blend different genres together resulting in mostly crisp and rich music. One of the more reclusive acts also doing his bits in diversifying the music scene in Nigeria is the musical virtuoso, Tay Iwar. Following the release of his debut album, Gemini, and a collaborative project with producer Le Mav in 2019, the Abuja-born artist has reclined from the limelight. Asides from his scene-stealing feature on “True Love”, a fan favourite from Wizkid’s third studio album Made In Lagos, he has mostly remained incognito.

However, earlier in the month, he released “PEAKING”, his first single in over a year and then followed through a couple of weeks later with an extended play, Love & Isolation. The five-track EP features heartfelt and introspective cuts like “STONES”, “THINKING” and the earlier released “PEAKING”. “YOGA”, the opening track is however the standout as it perfectly captures the brand of soft, ethereal music Tay is currently making. On the piano-led record, he masterfully samples and interpolates lyrics from Jesse Jagz’s “The Window” while also incorporating ardent, relatable lyrics of his own. The opening lines: "Sometimes I wanna close my eyes when I wake up in the morning, just a little longer / Even when I know