Songs Of The Day: New Music From Wizkid, Oxlade, Ms Banks & More
new releases to start your weekend
new releases to start your weekend
As we draw nearer to the end of summer, the number of songs we consume continues to increase by the minute. With hits being dropped back to back at an unrelenting pace, it is hard to keep up with the influx of new music. More than most people, the team at The NATIVE knows that the sheer scope of music available to us at this exact moment in human history is mind-numbing but our goal is still the same as always: we don’t want intoxicating new music to be slept on. That’s where our ‘Songs of the Day’ column comes in. We try to keep our fingers on the pulse of music from across the continent and beyond, bringing you exciting songs from talented musicians who are continuously trying to bounds of artistry with their music.
Earlier in the week, we brought you new music from Zlatan, Kizz Daniel, Gyakie, Naira Marley and even Zinoleesky’s first track of the year titled “Naira Marley”. Now, to round off a great week, we’re back with new releases from Wizkid, Tems and Justin Bieber, Oxlade, NSG and Jae5, Ms Banks, Laime, Psycho YP, and many more. Enjoy.
The success of Wizkid’s 4th studio album ‘Made In Lagos’ is undeniable and the reception all over the world is only further proof of its globe-throttling capabilities. The song has already debuted on the Billboard Top 100 charts and continues to clinch further to the top 50 each passing day. To further capitalise on its present success, Wizkid has now released the song’s official remix featuring Justin Bieber, a move that will undeniably boost the song to further acclaim.
Arriving today, the new remix brings an unexpected flair to the crossover hit. Featuring an abridged version to Tems’ stellar verse on the song’s original version and a new verse from the Canadian Pop/R&B powerhouse, the remix certainly amps up the notch on the song’s already fever-pitch hype. It’s also the first sign of Wizkid’s imminent deluxe version to his magnum opus ‘Made In Lagos’, which is slated to arrive later this month.
For his first official single of the year, Oxlade is here with a groovy number titled “Ojuju”, the lead single off his forthcoming sophomore solo EP. The Coublon-produced single finds the artist expressing his recent fear of commitment to an undeserving lover. “I’m afraid of falling in love again/Me no wan fight, me no wan shed tears, me I dey try cause you’re making me senseless” Oxlade quips over the song’s melodious production, barring his heart out for all to see on the new track.
Following the success of their sophomore album ‘Roots’ released last year, Afrobeats group, NSG continue to establish their cross-continental appeal. For their first official release this year, the London-based duo have now released a mid-tempo Jae5-produced track titled “Petite”. The track has the UK group delivering love tunes as they sing to their respective muses on this special number. With lyrics such as “Shake it baby don’t break it, you know I love my girls petite” and mood-setting production, it’s clear that the group have another summer hit on their hands.
Women seem to be taking over the rap scene slowly and surely over the past few years. Collaborations have been rife especially in the US where female mcees are now dominating regardless of the barriers set in front of them. For her latest single, Ms Banks teams up with fellow London mcee and artist, Stefflon Don to deliver a hard-hitting rap song about getting their shit popping. Over the Rhymez-produced beat, both rappers trade bars about their prowess both in bed and on the mic. They both slide smoothly on the beat, delivering a stellar performance.
Singer, rapper and songwriter Laime is back and better than ever. On his latest offering “Purple Rain”, the rapper links up with Psycho YP for a bass-dropping rap tune that certainly deserves a spin this weekend. The track has both rappers gliding over the Jabani-produced number with ease as they boastful speak on their accomplishments and putting their opps in check. “It’s a game, I pull my drip it’s hurricane/These niggas thinking it’s a game, got em dripping purple rain” Laime raps on the track’s infectious hook.
Since the release of his album earlier this year, Joeboy has in no way taken a step back as we continue to receive features and collaborations from him. On the Tempoe-produced track, Dj Voyst collaborates with Joeboy to deliver a celebratory tune. This track has Joeboy at his happiest singing lyrics such as “Omoge bo se n redi o wu mi lori o/Felicitation be the motive today”, he sings over the melodious production of the track.
Following the success of his Sophomore EP ‘After Dark’ which debuted at #10 on NATIVE’s best projects of 2020 (so far), Ghanaian singer Skillz 8Figure is back with a new single “MKD”. He uses this track to tell a heart-rendering story as he serenades his muse and convinces her of his undying affection. “Sometimes I don’t know what’s going on, you make me lose my sense especially when we sipping on some Dom Pérignon” he sings on the track.
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