Transitioning from an underground artist in the Diaspora to being a mainstream artist in Nigeria is both difficult and involves a well-thought execution, especially because of the accepted mainstream music in the industry, and the level of acceptance from listeners. Several upcoming artists have had to trickle down their sound and style to please listeners and appease gatekeepers in the industry. However, nowadays, a new crop of artists have emerged from the home and abroad boldly representing their music plus a new set of informed listeners have begun to listen. One of such acts is Moelogo.
The British-Nigerian singer and songwriter released his first song in 2014 titled “The Baddest,” and on this record he featured Giggs, but the record that catapulted him to the public was when he was featured on Jonas Blue’s “We could go back.” The song did quite well on the music charts and brought Moelogo to the spotlight. After dropping a few projects, he became the first artist in the diaspora to win a Headies award for the best alternative song from his EP “Me.” The artist has also worked with Kelly Rowland, and received credits for contributing to Tiwa Savage’s third studio album “Celia.” Now, the artist has released his 6th EP titled “Euphonic.”
The EP kicks off with “Soft Life,” a melodious tune where Moelogo collaborates with Chinko Ekun to talk about enjoying the good life. Moelogo sings, “Soft life that’s what I want soft life na wetin I need. Chop life to the moon; love this cruise, and all that it brings.” Chinko Ekun comes in with lyrics that show his desire to live a good life with lyrics like, “I really want a soft life, people whey like shina pass I dey for top 5.” In “Up To You,” the artist presents himself as a tender lover. Here, he advises men to spoil their lovers silly, take them on trips, and give them anything they want. He sings, “She no be gold digger, you just broke. Step up the game and move; stop the talking let her know.” As for Moelogo, he will do anything his muse wants, “It’s up to you, it’s a vibe with me. Baby, what’s it gonna be.”
“You are my sweetest wine, one of a kind. Oh my my, you give me life. You’re my sweetest wine can’t get enough, I’ll never leave, never go.” In “Sweetest Wine,” the singer collaborates with Blue Lab Beats to make sweet promises to his lover, comparing her to wine and saying wonderful things to her. Moelogo takes a different turn in “Nothing.” Here, he sings about letting go of his love interest because she isn’t bringing anything to the table, “I’m back in the streets, you should be lucky I let you fuck with me.”
The last song on the project follows the theme of the previous song. In “Waiting,” Moelogo joins forces with Blue Lab Beats and Kold AF to sing about walking away from a relationship that drains them and keeps them waiting for something better. Moelogo sings, “Every time I think about you, need to get my shit together, fuck you and you bad weather it’s over.” With a similar predicament, Kold AF sings about her experience, “You wasted time, you indecisive. Yes, I was naïve just how you liked it. it’s too late, you say you changed but you did this to yourself.”
Following the meaning of “Euphonic,” which means pleasing to the ear. The project is pleasing to the ear with its impeccable production quality, carefully picked features, and as usual Moelogo’s songwriting skills shine. Contrary to the opening song, the project is not solely about living the good life; Moelogo detours bringing in songs about love, toxic relationships, and truly taking care of the one you claim to love. Overall, “Euphonic” is a well-put-together package filled with good vibes and relatable themes. Production credits go to Medua, Blue Lab Beats, and Jae Eque Listen to the project here and let us know your favorite song on the EP. My favorite song off the EP is “Nothing,” let us know yours.