As is evident from his wide-ranging production credits for Wizkid, Niniola, Reminisce and more, the true craft of Sarz is mashing sonic flavours. The new joint project with WurlD, I Love Girls With Trobul, dropped last week pre-packaged with Nollywood fascinations; a dramatic title, grunge album art style, and consistent themes of drama and tension in love. This is why the synth-led, “SWEAT”, is decidedly the most defining track off I Love Girls With Trobul.
What sticks out about “SWEAT” after first listen, is the inverted verse-chorus arrangement. WurlD opens the track with an Afropop groove, setting the stage for Sarz’ shimmering disco-fused baseline. On the first verse, WurlD offers a lover reassurance with a ballad-like sultriness, demanding fair consideration under her gaze. Notwithstanding this dramatic build-up, the titular chorus—precluded by WurlD’s interpolation of Bob Marley’s “One Love”—and song climax only occur once. The rest of the story is told sonically; through enveloping dark-ambient synths and a sequence of looped bridges and reverbs.
“SWEAT” is not only the steamiest song off I Love Girls With Trobul, It’s also designed with the replay value of a sleeper hit, courtesy, one of the most inventive beatmakers for this Afropop era.
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