Press Play: New Music from Zlatan, Lojay, Asake and More
A weekly roundup of the best sounds from around the continent.
Clarence Mac Ebong
●3rd February 2023
“Let There Be Light” – Zlatan x Seyi Vibez
This is a link-up we didn’t know we needed. After the year Seyi Vibez had last year, it is nice to see him return to the fray with heavy energy. Zlatan needs no introduction about his musical prowess. They have good synergy on their new record “Let There Be Light”, which ties closely to Seyi Vibez’s scatterbrained approach to his music. There is a method to the madness, however, and this record looks set to take off in clubs and euphoric gatherings.
“Yoga” – Asake
Earlier in the week, Asake posted a teaser of his new single on his social media pages. No prior promo or snippets, just a caption that read “Yoga Out 7pm NIG”. He’s earned the right to do that. The YBNL-signee took the country by storm last year, releasing hit singles at an unprecedented rate and eventually crowning his efforts with a fitting debut album that became the highest charting debut Nigerian album in history . For his first single of the year, he chose to take a stylistic detour, a break from the unique blend of fuji, pop and hip-hop that propelled him to fame last year. “Yoga” is mellow and relaxing, almost like title suggests, replete with rich folk influences and a sample of Michael Legris’ 2007 single “Mo Capitane”. You can read more about the new single here.
“Bienvenue” – DJ Neptune x Ruger
Ruger’s recent run of singles has been home run after home run. Despite his relatively short time on the mainstream scene, he has developed a penchant for crafting catchy hit songs. “Bienvenue” receives the Ruger touch after he was tapped up by DJ Neptune. He slithers within the beat with consummate ease as he delivers his vocals in his usual Reggaeton style. It won’t take long before an upbeat record like this catches life in several DJ rotations.\
“MOTO” – Lojay
Lojay has been building up to a strong 2023 run for a while. At the tail end of last year, he was involved in a series of top-notch records like his “Leader”, “Canada” with Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa, as well as assisting Smallgod on “Automatic” a couple of weeks ago. His first solo single of the year sees him release “Moto”, a mid-tempo record where he croons about a longing for love that is unrequited. Lojay takes a vulnerable stance on “Moto” and it turns out well, it is a foil to what we are used to from the “Monalisa” singer.
“Breaking The Yoke of Love” – Blaqbonez x Chike x Raybekah
At this point, it is valid to ask if Blaqbonez has been hurt before. He continues the “sex over love” trope that he began in 2021, but somehow it doesn’t get tired. That’s a testament to his delivery and ability to write proper songs. On “Breaking The Yoke of Love”, he croons about the wicked side of love that he has witnessed in all his time as a star. Chike and Raybekah assist him to good effect and it’s one you don’t want to miss.
“Kpe Paso” – Wande Coal x Olamide
Wande Coal recently announced that he has a new album out soon! As if the excitement from that is not enough, he put out “Kpe Paso” to accompany that announcement. If there’s anything that endears Wande to his fans, it’s his ability to keep you engaged with a strong delivery of catchy and real lyrics. Kel-P assists with production as he provides a subtle bounce against which Wande and Olamide can work their magic on.As
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