Lojay’s Sophomore EP ‘Gangster Romantic’ Is Finally Here

Featuring DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small

Lojay is the moment. The talented singer and songwriter arrived in grand style less than two years ago with the release of his debut collaborative EP ‘LV N ATTN’ with record producer Sarz. Since his debut, Lojay has consistently shown off undeniable star power which he backs up with a stellar pen game and a unique vocal cadence. 

Through 2021 and 2022, Lojay delivered deep romantic cuts that soundtracked our innermost desires, while keeping his finger on the pulse of what’s currently trending through records such as “Monalisa,” “Only Fan,” and “Tonongo.” With no signs of slowing down anytime soon, late last year, he drew listeners into his world of automobiles and romance with the electrifying P.Priime-produced record, “LEADER!” Shortly after, he welcomed DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small into his orbit with the Amapiano-infused track, “CANADA.”  All these records have only led up to the release of his sophomore EP. 

Arriving today is the 7-track body of work ‘GANGSTER ROMANTIC,’ a brisk 17-minute run which sees the artist at his most honest and his most unified. Across the four new tracks, Lojay blends his silky and sultry vocals with sharp lyricism, expressing personal vulnerability in several melodic confessions.

He opens the project with “YAHWEH,” a romantic number to his love interest, which founds Lojay laying down his cards and painting a picture that visualises his romantic intentions for his muse. The dark chord progression adds a fine and unique layer to the record. Elsewhere on the project, the artist delivers the soulful record, “IYD.” On this track, Lojay dials up his lover boy anguish, infusing the track with a deeper emotional palette than his previous releases. Similar to “CANADA,” the record “AVALABU” is an amapiano-infused number which sees an energetic drum pattern along with Lojay’s catchy vocals. He rounds out the tape with yet anothe P.prime-produced jam titled “OVA,” an uptempo record filled with melodic synth lines and syncopated drum patterns. Here, Lojay speaks on a past relationship he’s dealing with while still showcasing his vocal ability and range. 

With his sights firmly set on expanding the purveys of his artistry, Lojay approaches his sophomore EP with a keen sense of curiousity and a new-found sense of confidence. ‘GANGSTER ROMANTIC’ is a fine addition to his growing catalogue, showcasing yet again why Lojay is one of the most compelling and unique artists within the Afropop scene right now.

Listen to ‘GANGSTER ROMANTIC’ here.

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