EP Review: 034 – Oloye Coldman

Although it’s only five tracks long, OLOYE COLDMAN‘s latest EP, ‘034’ features 16 (yes,16!) artists contributing to a spectrum of sound where western urban influences meets the gleeful presence of the Motherland (more specifically, Nigeria).

Here in this set, you’ll experience the real vibrancy on a modern take of Igbo music, working with the sweet runs of piano keys and trumpet, giving a real bluesy jazz feel (listen to ‘Why E Be’), straight up chilled hip-hop/R&B trap effort (in ‘What’) to old school-hip-hop-inspired sound with vocals giving a rich motherland feel (listen to concluding track, ‘Gone’).

In this bio, Oloye described his EP as ‘the first of its kind in Nigeria’ – he’s not wrong – as this mini set is bursting with massive sounds which will leave lasting impression. Have a listen to the EP below…

Must Listens: What, Gone

Listen To Savvie’s Track, ‘Take Me Home’, Produced by David Sinclair-Black

It’s been a long-time coming for Nigerian-born artist SAVVIE, but now, tucking into a platter of success with his new single ‘Take Me Home’.

‘Take Me Home’, produced by the internationally acclaimed record producer David Sinclair-Black, and BeldonDidThat (Gunna, Young Thug, Ayo & Teo, Lexy Panterra, The BBC) is a vibrant and summery yet heartfelt track upon which Savvie opens up to his rough journey in the music industry.

Off the success of his sold-out shows in London, and having opened for huge international acts such as So Solid Crew, Savvie aims to set himself as an artist to be reckoned with in 2021.

Check out the epic track below…

Song of the Day: Madness – H.O.M.A (ft. Reynbow)

Nigerian singer/songwriter H.O.M.A‘s, vocals stretches beyond the dreamy state of endless elasticity, sings about loneliness and call towards a lover in track, ‘Madness’. The Afro/R&B banger features fellow native/singer Reynbow, who responds in an eclectic, Rihanna-esque tone of her desire to be in the arms of a lover.

Citing fellow African-bred Giant and Burna Boy, as well as Allan Rayman and Jacob Banks as his main influences, H.O.M.A  released his debut single in 2018 when he joined indie label, Black Federation. So far, H.O.M.A has been featured on a number of tracks and has a mixtape to his name.

His latest release ‘Madness’, was met with great reviews and was verified on Audiomack’s playlist. Have a listen below…

RVDICAL THE KID LINKS UP WITH AMAARAE FOR NEW SINGLE ‘NASA’, ANNOUNCES SOPHOMORE EP ‘LITTLE PLANET’

With over two million streams under his belt, critical acclaim and support from the likes of Pigeons & Planes, FACT Magazine, Soulection, Indieshuffle, BandCamp and The Native Magazine, as well as recent production credits for rising stars such as Amaarae, Tems, Maesu, and Nonso Amadi, Beninois-Ghanaian producer, DJ and artist RVDICAL THE KID has unveiled his long-awaited Carte Blanche follow-up and highly anticipated sophomore project titled Little Planet.

To be released via Platoon this Friday (14th August), Rvdical’s Little Planet EP is backed by his new single ‘Nasa’, which features Ghanaian songstress and producer AMAARAE, who has been having a breakthrough year of her own, with recent support from Apple Music, The FADER, NPR and Hypebeast, among others. ‘Nasa’ marks the fourth joint effort from the two frequent collaborators Rvdical and Amaarae, who have been working together since 2017.

Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Nasa’, Rvdical The Kid says: “It is a fun record I made with nothing particular in mind other than the pursuit of the exhilarating feeling of creating. The process of creating the record almost felt like an acid trip, flowing through synths, drums and foley that carefully landed me on a very ethereal and spacey and beat. My love for contrast and juxtaposition informed the almost obnoxious pitch screwed bass that drives the entire record”.

Have a listen below…

 

Song of the Day: The One – Efya (ft. Tiwa Savage)

Ghanaian soulstress EFYA calls upon renowned artist Tiwa Savage to create a beautifully, elegant masterpiece, taking shape of her second release of the year, ‘The One’. The sun-soaked single finds Efya at her effortlessly, enchanting best, teaming up with producer Blaq Jerzee for a romance tinged single.

Efya has never been one to stay in her lane; a singer, actress and humanitarian, she strives always to be the best version of herself whilst helping others. Blending soul, kwaito, afrobeats, pop and r&b, she often collaborates with other artists from different countries such as Mr Eazi and Wizkid.

Since bursting onto the music scene with her powerful songs, she has won seven Ghana Music Awards, two City People Awards, a Best Female nomination at the 2014 MTV African Music Awards and an Artist Of The Decade nomination at the 2018 VGMAs. Sarkodie, another of Ghana’s leading lights, loves her, as does Diplo, whose Major Lazer jammed onstage with the star at Accra’s Sandbox in 2019.

Check out the lyric video for ‘The One’ below…