EP Review: The Lovers’ Tape – Shantéh x Joshua. James

What meant to be a standalone track to be release on Valentines Day, singer/songwriter SHANTÉH and producer JOSHUA. JAMES’ new EP, ‘The Lovers’ Tape’ was quickly turn into a four-track project that was written, recorded, mixed and mastered in four days (yes, four days!)

Bringing all angles of a love story to the table – from building trust, to an untimely separation, then from re-exploring the idea of a relationship to finally solidifying a true bond and commitment – ‘The Lovers’ Tape’ possesses a fresh take on 90s Slow Jam – thanks to the warming glow of the background vocals (which takes on a Jodeci-ish vibe in third track, ‘Luvin’ You’), the sombre feel from the piano (featured in ‘Foundations’) and the vibrant guitar plucks, giving off a Afro tone (in concluding track, ‘Meant To Be’). Each aforementioned component are all brought together by an uplifting meaty bass.

There’s no doubt about it that this mini set is definitely for those who love them some good old 90s Sow Jam. I, for one, am really impressed by their quick turnaround on a project of such high calibre – and still have it ready in time for Valentine’s Day. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the South Londoners will join up for another collaboration. Check out ‘The Lovers’ Tape below…

Must Listen: Foundation

Nova Shares Afrofusion Track, ‘Precious Diamond’ Featuring Katasha J

Following on from the success of his well-received single ‘Replay’, Toronto-based alternative afrofusion artist NOVA is kicking off 2021 new single titled ‘Precious Diamond’, featuring Toronto songstress and musician Katasha J. The bouncy number is a teaser to his upcoming fourth studio project.

‘Precious Diamond’ is an infectious R&B leaning offering, with lush pop and afrofusion sensibilities, over which Nova continues to lean into the vulnerability he began to reveal on ‘Replay’, as he pines for experiencing life’s special moments with someone special, this time with the help of Katasha J, who adds her sultry harmonies and delicate vocals, to the glorious affair.

Born in England to an American father and a Ghanaian mother, raised in Nigeria, and now living in Canada, the influence of these vibrant and diverse cultures can be heard throughout Nova’s innovative genre-bending sound.

Check out ‘Precious Diamond’ below…

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

Song of the Day: Romcom – Romy Dya (ft. James Francis)

Previous album singles ‘Thank You’ & ‘Unspoken’ have paved the way for Dutch singer, songwriter & producer – ROMY DYA – in the Netherlands and beyond. Now she can reveal her next single – ‘Rom Com’ feat. James Francis – out now on self-owned imprint Uncommon Diamond via The Orchard.

‘Rom Com’ the third offering from her forthcoming, self-produced album ‘I Fucking Love Myself’ [release date TBC]. Speaking of her smooth cut, Romy says: “Rom Com is about knowing that you’re ready for love after a process of self healing, but you’re not going to settle for less. Cause after all you’ve been through, you deserve to be loved by someone who gives you the kind of love you only see in romantic comedies.”

Combining R&B, Soul, Jazz and Pop, Romy has already been working hard behind the scenes, with cuts on records from Ghostface Killah to Martin Garrix. ‘Rom Com’ is the latest installment on Romy’s self-love journey and continues to see her hone in on her production skills.

Check the lyric video for single below…

Song of the Day: Sucker – H.O.M.A

Nigerian singer-songwriter H.O.M.A hits the blog’s Song of the Day hot spot for the second time with first release of the year, ‘Sucker’.

An expression of love that makes one’s head goes all giddy, H.O.M.A’s latest release creates nostalgia which samples Nigerian classic, ‘Malaria’ by Soty.

H.O.M.A’s soothing vocal performance washes perfectly over Killer Producer’s equally soothing fusion of Afro/R&B…why not check it out below…