This week, like several others this year, will be a tough one for most of us as we’ve been hit with yet another colossal loss of a Black icon.
There’s not much we can do other than feel the feels, hope for better days and enjoy our time here. Luckily, we have music to serve as a temporary balm and with this list, you might find a new vibe to help with the pain.
Jo Riddim – Victony
Life might be returning to normal but partying all night long is still only a dream for most of us.
Well, on ‘Jo Riddim’ the dream becomes reality as Victony cooks up catchy lines and a voice just as infectious, to serve a sound that is the aural manifestation of a good time.
Glory – Tiwa Savage
Life’s ephemeralness has taught us that getting your flowers in good time makes living more bearable.
On ‘Glory’, a take-mine song off her 3rd-studio album, ‘Celia,’ Tiwa Savage reiterates this with soulful notes delivered over Afrohouse beats as she demands to get her well-deserved props and sends us a message to do the same.
Matter – Patoranking Feat. Tiwa Savage
In 2014, Patoranking showed us that he and Tiwa Savage on a record is equals to an absolute banger. 6 years down the line, and that formula still works.
‘Matter’ ticks a lot of boxes – beats no waist can resist, Patoranking’s robust, patois-induced flow and Tiwa’s harmonious singing – that’ll have you on your feet. But it’s the consent-seeking hook where Patoranking goes ‘If you give me permission, I go rock you omo to shan,’ for us.
Wicked Kitty – Beezyx Feat. Yinka Oshodi, sGaWD, Rindss & Mimz
Conversations in recent times have highlighted the importance of representation in every aspect and gender is definitely not at the bottom of the list.
On ‘Wicked Kitty’, the Beezyx produced eclectic beats serves as the salver on which a sexually-charged female-empowering tune was laid.
First, he enlists Yinka Oshodi’s coffee-textured voice, then comes sGaWD with her siren vibes on a hook that’ll reel you in before stepping aside for Rindss’ feather-like voice to stamp its mark. The sensual show, which infuses echoes and harmonization reminiscent of the 2010s to give young Nollywood era vibes is then shut down by Mimz and her assertive lines.
Shake – Olayinka Ehi
Many people found themselves inquiring about Olayinka Ehi after her feature on Adekunle Gold’s Afro-Pop Vol 1 but the RnB/soul singer has been doing the good work of the Lord long before that.
With Shake, she not only reasserts this on eclectic electropop beats that infuses vocoder calls and a Lagbaja sample, but leaves us with a tune that’ll have you in your self-love bag as she sings to ‘shake that if you know you’re pretty and fine.’
Slow Burner – Larry Gaaga Feat. Joeboy
Joeboy broke into the music scene, our playlists and hearts with his catchy hooks and contagious singing.
But on Larry Gaga’s ‘Slow Burner,’ he serves up a record that shows his hit-making prowess in a new and sensual light that you definitely couldn’t have seen coming.
Hulabalu – Mojo
The rap game has been blessed with brilliant indigenous rappers. But Mojo not only hit the game with witty, throat-grabbing bars but with a global domination plan in tow.
The effect of which is a rap riddim that’ll have you chanting the words to the hook after your very first listen out of countless others.
Electra – Chu-Chu ft Wani
How do you capture the attention of the woman that you want to give all your love?
Recruit Wani’s seductive baritone before turning the heat up with passionately delivered lines that aren’t afraid to dip into vulnerability.
‘Electra’ may not have been uttered on the similarly titled track, but best believe this record from Chu-Chu won’t be slipping off your mind any time soon.
Black & White – Nasty C ft. Ari Lennox
Black people all over are coming together to create magic and we not only love to see it, but in this case, to hear it too.
‘Black & White’ is a jazz-infused story of two people going through the motions of falling in love.
A fluid narration thanks to the collaborative efforts of Nasty C’s supple lines and Ari’s cherubic voice, you’ll not only find yourself falling in love with the song, but fantasising about falling in love.
Single – Meenahmo
Who are your favourite soul singers? You just might want to call them up and tell them it’s over because you’ve found a new vibe. It’s Meenahmo and her sultry voice.
On ‘Single,’ she bares out her heart over a backdrop of jazz fusion instrumentals, as she sings about having to leave a failed relationship.
‘Single’ might have been inspired by far from pleasant circumstances, but her voice is giving us the opposite and we’re here for it.
We made a playlist with all the songs and it’ll be coming out with every new music weekend.