Best New Music: BNXN & Zinoleesky are a dazzling pair on “Kilometer Remix”
a befitting remix
a befitting remix
When BNXN, the artist formerly known as Buju adopted his new moniker earlier this year, there were numerous speculations that his meteoric rise to success would affected by the significant change. Unknown to many, BNXN was no stranger to shedding his old skin and adopting a new name to suit his current standing in the game.
As a teenager, he tested the musical waters starting off as a rapper under the name Drizzle before gradually adopting Buju as his stage name. His early singles “Catch A Vibe” and “Energy” were a premeditation to his current cache of cathartic and ebullient songs, which now runs the span of moods and genres.
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BNXN’s path to international recognition has been slow and steady but remarkable. After a robust 2021 flourishing from coveted collaborations such as the Zlatan-assisted “Feeling”, his feature on “Mood” off Wizkid’s ‘Made In Lagos Deluxe,’ to his debut EP ‘Sorry I’m Late’, it seems that BNXN is now is gearing for an even bigger 2022.
Already, he has displayed no signs of slowing down his current trajectory. Earlier this year, BNXN assured the world of his prowess when he teamed up with Pheelz, who has recently signed a deal with Warner, to release a giddy fan-favourite smash hit “Finesse” that went viral all over the world. “Finesse” currently sits comfortably at No.5 on the Billboard Afrobeats Songs Chart after debuting at No.6 five weeks ago.
Now to capitalise on this moment and further expand the world around his debut EP, BNXN has finally released the highly anticipated remix to his hit single, “Kilometer” which features street pop icon Zinoleesky. Produced by serial hitmaker Rexxie, the song’s original version has been climbing the airwaves for the past few months, taking over clubs and parties around the country with its propulsive and infectious rhythm.
“When I dey on speed, mo n ja kilometer/I don play your show, e jor owo mi da” BNXN coos over the song’s hook, admonishing a show promoter who has refused to pay him his dues. On the remix, Zinoleesky finds a balance between relatability and danceability in his lyrics, with a charisma that permeates off the track.
Over the catchy production, Zino adds to BNXN’s anger with the promoter, while he talks about his attraction towards a female counterpart who has an eye for expensive things “She likey extra ordinary things She wan to touch she can’t resist.” He also emphasises his disdain for shisha, chanting “Fuck SHISHA” over his love for weed. Rexxie’s street pop bounce sets the tempo for the resounding vocal contributions from both performers as they produce some of their best vocal work yet.
While the validity of remixes in expanding the shelf life of a song has been questioned by a number of music listeners recently, it’s clear that BNXN and Zinoleesky do not fall into that cyclical pattern. Instead, the pair showcase great charisma and synergy as they compliment each other’s smooth and infectious vocals. With “Kilometer Remix,” BNXN continues to widen the spotlight on him and showcase once again why deserves to top the charts.
Stream “Kilometre – Remix” below.
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