From The Cloud
Beat It Up (feat. Tay Iwar, DJ Yin) – Santi
Santi’s second single of the year was destined for greatness from its inception. With a credit roster of DJ Yin, Tay Iwar and producer BankyOnDBeatz, by design only few things can go wrong. “Beat It Up” is a less corny version of every love-sex song you have heard. There is less talk of love, but more about sex and everything else involved: smoke clouds, commitment issues and the desperation of a lover who wants to hold on to the dysfunctional relationship.
Tomorrow – Darkovibes
We have all had that moment where the things that motivated us to try to better our lives start to mean less and less when our dreams start to come true. That’s why Darkovibe’s “Tomorrow” is so potent. On Tomorrow, the Ghanian singer talks getting over Instagram girls he used to yearn for in the past and his dedication to loving his girl. The trueness of his experience is highlighted here in relatability of a familiar story and the emotiveness of his melody.
Banana Island – Viva Eze
Viva Eze’s “Banana Island”, is set on a room atmosphere trap beats as the rapper interpolates between a sing-song melody and raps about quitting his 9-5 while dreaming-out-loud about buying his mother a house in Banana Island.
Silhouette – Yinka Bernie
Yinka Bernie has mastered both the laid back tint of Blackmagic ‘s voice and Ajebutter’s casually cheeky descriptions. On “Silhouette” he marries his influences for a story about meeting a girl, told across Afrotrap drums and killer trumpet solo.
From Our Pot of Jollof
Trouble (feat. Myst)- Blackmagic
Blackmagic is stripping things back to basic dance floor music these days, but it’s not for a lack of concept. His latest single, “Trouble” features newcomer songbird, Myst, who opens the song for Blackmagic to return with an up-tempo twist to the same iconic auto-tuned laced vocals that made him favourite over the years.
If – Davido
Davido’s “If” is our Best New Music for this week and that’s about enough said.
Banging (feat. Reekado Banks, Attitude) – DJ Consequence
“Banging” is a near-perfect song if we all collectively ignore Attitude’s last verse. Reekado brings the sly melody of his “Link Up” collaboration with YCEE for DJ Consequence’ smooth Afrotrap EDM number. ”Banging”. It sound like something you have heard before, you won’t be able to tell when that reverbed vocal sample sets in on the bridge.
“Idols Become Rivals” – Rick Ross
Rick Ross makes a triumphant return on the raw and honest standout from his latest album, Rather You Than Me.
“Home” – Obongjayar
Nigerian born singer-songwriter announced himself with the stunning debut “Creeping” last year. Another standout from his EP is the title track, “Home”. Combining piercing vocals and jarring bars, he is someone we are watching.
XO TOUR Llif3 – Lil Uzi Vert
The most hauntingly-beatiful song ever made.