With the release of “Kokose”, Toyin Ores makes a bold statement, one that clearly earmarks him as one to keep an eye on.
Producer and recording artist Toyin Ores, born Oluwatoyin Oresanya, has recently released “Kokose”, a contemporary Afropop record, imbued by hints of Highlife thanks to the contribution of brother duo The Cavemen.
Ores, 27, started his musical journey over a decade ago, picking up production tools like Audacity and Fruity Loops when he was still in secondary school in a bid to lessen production costs for his friends. After several years of honing his skills ー three solo projects and two joint EPs under his belt and production credits on acts like Tems, Wizkid and Show Dem Camp’s various records ー he came into this year with an added fire in his belly, looking to build on the rock-solid foundation he’s already built.
Since the beginning of the year, Ores has put out a single every other month, with the latest and arguably the sturdiest being “Kokose”. The catchy, love-inspired single features the singer laying tender, melodic croons over soulful chords and syncopated drums alongside Benjamin, the drummer half of The Cavemen. Lyrically, he’s looking to take things slow with his love interest, opening the record singing: “I’m go’n take my time, this your body drives me really crazy”. Halfway into the record, Benjamin shares a similar sentiment, describing just how intense his feelings of love are.
With a couple of months left before the year runs out, Toyin Ores sure has a couple more tricks under his sleeve. But with the release of “Kokose”, he’s already made a bold statement, one that clearly earmarks him as one to keep an eye on.