One could very easily say today that the landscape of Nigerian music is more liberated from the audience’s expectations than it’s ever been, and artists now have the room to re-imagine genres to fit their own personal expressions. WurlD is one artist who definitely enjoys this and coloured by his exciting vocal finesse and innate musicality his recently released EP, AFROSOUL is proof of this.
WurlD’s love for cross-continental blends is made evident by the different elements of the beat’s compositions in conjunction with the singer’s penchant for dancehall and saxophone sections to make the featured songs a sonic treat. With no featured artists, the singer invites listeners to enjoy his sonic ability on all 7 tracks, with confident delivery telling us a different story with each song.
The 7-track EP opens with the jazzy, and groovy “National Anthem/ Growing Wings”, where WurlD calmly encourages listeners to persevere in the face of the adversity we’re currently facing. With his usual air of confidence, he is determined to succeed on his own at any cost, on “Ghost Town” where he sings ‘you only gonna get one chance// so you better hit the bullseye, or you gon’ end up in the ghost town’. “Love Nobody”, is a sparse mid-tempo EDM banger, where TMXO reimagines the afropop/ EDM hybrid that once captured clubgoers early in the 2010s with the kind of minimalist, intoxicating patterns that binds one to the dancefloor.
The entire project benefits the most from his delicate vocal delivery, which gives listeners a peek into his emphatic passion. Whilst bedded by energetic and lively beats which make the listening experience is delicate and smooth, what he’s actually singing to us is deep-seated and very emotional. With a rich palette of sounds, AFROSOUL is an eclectic journey into the heart of a young man going through the various stages of love.
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