Every week doesn’t only usher in new music, but good new music.The month of August in itself has seen a wide range of impressive releases. As a result, keeping up can become overwhelming, so here’s a list to direct you to some of the new drops you’ll hate to miss out on.
Hopeless Romantic – Tomi Thomas
When your friends ask you why you keep going back to that ex, you now have a Tomi Thomas stamped tune to accompany your explanation of being a hopeless romantic.
A dancehall-kissed vibe with samba drums produced by Telz, Tomi Thomas serenades us with lines that could pertain to why he keeps loving regardless of whatever cards he’s dealt and could also be an address to the two-facedness of haters in the industry which he is impervious to due to his undying passion for the craft.
Beautiful – Tomi Owo
Tomi Owo graces our eardrums with her distinguishable vocals and heady tropical instrumentals on ‘Beautiful’ as she croons about lovers at the start of their journey to finding each other.
‘Beautiful’ is an evocative song that’ll reassure you of the beauty and importance of love as you find yourself drowning in Tomi’s voice.
Plenty Loving – Scratch & Oxlade
It begins with nostalgia evoking piano riffs and then, Scratch hops on heavy and sensual beats to tell us about the woman he wants to devote himself to.
Oxlade comes in as the assist who complements the tune with multiple flows before handing the baton back to Scratch to complete the sexy victory lap.
Feel Good – DJ Cuppy Feat. Fireboy
DJ Cuppy might have gotten a lot of criticism from Nigerians in the past but those rainy days are now in the past as songs like ‘Feel Good’ off her debut album have served to plug up any negative talks and instead, have everyone on their feet.
‘Feel Good’ with Fireboy DML is a dance melody and an aural treat sure to have you waving your hands in the air like you just don’t care.
808s Therapy – Remy Baggins
‘808s Therapy’ is a chapter on ‘Amaterasu,’ Baggins latest project which features reflections on the labour of love that is a career in music.
On this track like the 6 others, he sonically defines the Japanese anime-titled album, which means unquenchable flames, by going ham on each turn; from the 808s heavy production, done by Baggins himself, to the ad-libs, vocals and bars.
Faded – DOZ & Malik Bawa Feat. PsychoYP, Marv OTM, Denzel Oaks & Zilla Oaks
2020 brought with it a spate of disasters but it also blessed us with some things such as the rise in collaborations in the entertainment sector.
‘Faded’ is one of such with two music producers; DOZ and Malik Bawa featuring members of Apex Village; PsychoYP, Marv OTM, Denzel Oaks and Zilla Oaks.
So this week, we’re blessed with an unapologetically cocky and wavy record on heavy synth beats, a trippy tempo drop in between, to give us a tune for 7 days and beyond.
Jaiye – Chop Life Crew, Tena Tenpo & Mojo
CLC Crew is fast making a name for themselves with their anthem-creating abilities.
It’s this same energy Tena Tenpo and Mojo flex on ‘Jaiye.’ A synergetic record where Tena’s vocals serve as the golden platter on which Mojo succinctly dishes his lines; ‘Normally mo n jaiye times two (ko k’anye) Mind your business focus on you (atide).”
With ‘Jaiye’, you’ll be instantly incepted with an anthem and you wouldn’t be pledging your screams to the hook alone.
Extra Guy – Kagedimes & Wills
These days, rappers now double down as singers. While some might have a hard time pulling this off, Kagedimes & Wills decided to play their full deck by singing and rapping on the down-tempo banger that is ‘Extra Guy’
With rhymes like ‘you know I’m an extra guy, no dey touch ground cause I’m extra fly,’ Wills flows on the beats, calmly commanding attention till he relinquishes the floor for Kagedimes who completes the tune with his catchy and velvety lines.
Big Brother – Blaqbonez
Blaqbonez has already made a reputation for himself as a battle-starter with his braggadocious lines and assertions as the best rapper in Africa, and ‘Big Brother’ his is reassertion of that claim.
On minimalist, synth-induced drill beats, he spits out an in-your-face chronicle of his wins and milestones to other rappers, and even slips in some patois.
While Blaqbonez might be known for his sense of humour, he definitely wasn’t making any on this topically-themed and cocksure track.
Beautiful Rain – The Cavemen
Nobody does pan-african renaissance music like The Cavemen, with their distinguishing new school-meets-Igbo highlife.
‘Beautiful Rain’ is a track off their debut album ‘Roots.’ It’s a track which proves the universality of music as it feels as cleansing and beautiful as the rain they sing of regardless of whether you understand the lines sung in Igbo.
Exclusive – Adekunle Gold Feat. Olayinka Ehi
If you’ve ever come up dry for a soundtrack for when the status of your relationship becomes questionable, Adekunle Gold has sung you the answer in ‘Exclusive.’
Exclusive is an infectious and soulful pop record off Adekunle Gold’s ‘Afro Pop Vol. 1’ featuring Olayinka Ehi who delivers on her role as AG’s lover.
This track not only shows AG’s rebranding at its finest but that the range of sounds being produced locally is limitless.