Some of the status quo as regards recording are not followed – mixing, mastering and augmentation. This is because artistes are in a hurry to release materials. Can we face the fact that most Nigerian projects lack the Sucre of a Sound engineer and so when a music critic hear these sounds, they trash it right into the bin. Here are my opinions for the week, track-by-track:
Labalaba – Tiwa Savage
While Tiwa’s tracks are never short on impact, she just set a new standard on this one – the feel of the vocals, the strong bassline and heavy drums, were all the pieces to a smash.
Magun (Remix) – Niniola featuring Busiswa
Catchy, a different arrangement from the main set, this remix pushed boundary from Busiswa’s funk and uncalm side. The additional chords on the surface of the instrumentals made it a bit weak, though.
In the End – DJ Caise featuring Xerona
Do you know what happens when a DJ jumps on a pop song? You get all the elements in the track. Oh yes! Mad percussions included. Xerona’s sultry vocals are welcoming. Yes, Mama. Bring it on! Let us drown.
Halima – DJ Jimmy Jatt featuring Mr Eazi and Skales
Uncle Jimmy with the pon pon! This sound like a Mr Eazi hit. Skales is a passenger on this one – Total waste of a verse.
My Dear – DJ Big N featuring Don Jazzy and Kiss Daniel
The tune is nice as it is a highlife tune. Whoever threw autotunes on Kiss Daniel’s verse did not do well. I see a banger here.
Debe – D’Tunes featuring Mayorkun and Hyperdandy
I love the pattern of the bridges Mayorkun and Hyperdandy jumped on, consciously protecting the booming instrumentals. This is really impressive.
BANS – Terry Tha Rapman featuring Paul Play Dairo
Terry infused a dance inspiration a Hip/Hop classic. The result was really good.
No Wahala – Beodun
Beodun’s unique vocals did a great job on this addictive instrumental – switching keyboar, Boom-bam drum pattern, keeps everything in balance. Wonderful!
Sammah – Ikechukwu
This tune is on a way to a post-pop classic, but even better is the innocence; with an acid bassline. Absolutely essential in this party tune.
Think To Lose You – Ezi Emelia
I cannot make out the message and feelings of Ezi, but you can hear the soothing vocals; she is not losing that. The song boasts of two keys and minimal instrumentals – your usual Rnb/soul song.
Slow Down – Skuki
Your pop has wavy instrumentals and since it’s the duo Skuki, it has irregular vocals doing damage on a supposedly ‘potential’ hit. Awful!
Bam Bam – Crowd Kontroller featuring Niniola
There is nothing much here just Niniola spraying graffiti paint and helping Kontroller with his job. Sigh!
While the hipsters and popstars are all about the Nigerian community of fans inspiring party and club vibes, it’s refreshing to hear a combo from artistes who don’t shy away from traditional styles – Niniola just set a new standard