In no particular order, here are some of the best new music released in this month of September.
Hit and Run (feat. Tory Lanez) – Sean TizzleSave for a few covers and tweet fights with the Nigerian internet, Sean Tizzle has been silent for most of the year. The singer returns with a bang this month with Hit and Run, a neo-R&B single featuring Canadian rapper, Tory Lanez. Hit and Run is not your run-along-the-mill Nigerian song, but as Sean Tizzle proves here, he is not your average Nigerian artist either.
Pree Me – Burna BoyBurna Boy is on a spaceship these days but nothing has changed about the man who blessed us with Soke last year. He is still as conflicted and hurt as he is somber and wary of his past relationships. Pree Me comes on the heels of his return to the UK after a rumoured 5-year ban. The dance-hall singer released this video on Noisey’s YouTube channel as part of promotions for a concert he’s billed to perform at The HMV Apollo in London next month.
Biggy Man (feat. Falz)- Reekado Banks
This highlight of Reekado Banks’ critically acclaimed debut album features Falz and all month long, no other song comes close in fire bars, spunk or delivery. Reekado Banks is more confident than ever in his new-Age Afropop sound and he brings Falz along as the perfect icing on cake.
Larger Than Life (feat. Sojay)- Reminisce
Reminisce El-Hadjj is not ageing well on our playlists, but that doesn’t mean the LP lacks solid high points. Larger Than Life as the title reflects has Reminisce rapping about living a life beyond the material in love, life and career. On this track, Reminisce strips away his aggrandised street persona for a deeply human side while SoJay delivers a magnificently haunting vignette of how infinitely small humanity is, in a universe of big-big things.
Turn Up (feat. Flavour, Terry Apala) – DJ Jimmy JattDJ Jimmy Jatt is cooking up some heat like he always does and this one is a trap fused number features Flavour N’abania and hit-making sensation Terry Apala.
Economy – 9iceAlapomeji 9ice, has been both off radar and unnoticed in his attempts to regain lost glory. This time, he does what he knows best by seeking inspiration from socio-political issues affecting the country. 9ice’ Economy may not make club playlists, but it comes at the perfect time for the rest of Nigeria going through one of the roughest times in nation’s history.
Mbali (feat. Yemi Alade) – EvaEva Alordiah’s debut album 1960 , has finally seen the light of day. Off the project is this deeply personal track featuring Mama Africa, Yemi Alade. ‘Mbali’ means flower in Zulu and like we have seen Eva many times, she’s questioning her place in the game and everything she has given to remain at the top. If you’re also trying to figure the connection between this title and what the song means, trust us, you’re not alone.
Give Them – KokerKoker has been tweaking around both the neo-Afrojuju genre and a frisky hip-hop style for the perfect sound. Give Them fuses both places he has sought insipration from the past into an energetic Afro-pop song with a notoriously infectious hook.
Miracle (feat. Lil Kesh) – Dice AilesChocolate City is finally tapping into the potential of the mainstream with its younger signings. Miracle another afropop number from a Dice Ailes who has been impressive for most of the year features former YBNL rapper, Lil Kesh.
Bubble Bup (feat. Stonebwoy) – Cynthia MorganIf anyone is still in doubt of the authenticity of Cynthia Morgan’s sound, Bubble Bup will be the ultimate test of conviction. Ghana’s Stonebwoy is featured here to make things even better, but his exclusion won’t have dented Cynthia Morgan’s inner dominatrix in anyway. This woman is onto something and it’s time we all started paying attention.
Bank Alert – P-SquareAfter a series of internal problems with its management, Afro-pop duo, P-Square is back with a textbook hit Bank Alert.
Like This (feat. Seyi Shay, Big Bad) – BlackmagicLike This features vocals from firebrand singer Seyi Shay and underground rapper Big Bad. Blackmagic’s flirtations with Fela’s sound continues on Like This via backup vocal style and patterns, only Xela adds an extra layer of vocals with Seyi Shay’s voice. Like This is built with the mood of a late-night drive on a Friday night, mellow hollow synths are laid in the background of leveled mid-tempo bass thumps.
Sowemo – Di’Ja
With Reekado Banks’ Spotlight still receiving major attention, Don Jazzy is readying Di’Ja and Korede Bello for debut album releases of their own. This is evidenced in the increased density of songwriting and crispier production of new materials from both artists. Sowemo, Di’Ja’s latest input, is an Afropop song set on a traditional Hausa music frame and boy does the result work.