Listen to Boyewa’s latest single, “by reason.”

An unexpectedly lyrical addition to Boyewa's small but growing catalog

Boyewa’s enigmatic persona is mirrored in his music, boasting of a mysterious discography filled with singles with ambiguously inaudible vocals. His warped, chopped and screwed vocal cadence leaves listeners with traces of words, merely hinting at romantic intentions. But for his latest single, “by reason.”, he coos with a deep sincerity that bears no trace of his typically elusive lyrics.

But you’d be wrong to assume Boyewa is aiming to create a conventional song. “by reason.” still carries markers of the singer’s DIY flair for the unexpected as the nearly 3-minute long song sees him repeats the same lines, “uh Girl, No Be Small Thing Wey You Dey Do Me Oh/ Uh Girl, No Be Small Thing, Thing You Dey Do Me Oh” over and over. His melodious confession is enveloped by a beat he produces, mixing gritty hi-hats and bass, layers of synths and bell samples, rattling samples and percussion. Though distortion throbs rumble in the background of the beat, his soothing chant blends smoothing into a velvety embrace with the beat. “by reason.” is an unexpectedly lyrical addition to Boyewa’s small but growing catalog.

You can stream “by reason” below.

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