‘Asuai,’ a brief but gripping mini-EP by Phlow, produced entirely by Swedish beatsmith, Ryko. ‘Asuai’ means ‘My Year’ in Ukwani, a dialect spoken by the Delta Igbos of Eastern Nigeria.

In a few tracks, a love rollercoaster story is told. One of a young girl falling in and out of love. It starts at the top of the ride where all seems good and rosy. The E.P. opens up with the head-over-heels vibe on “Little Girl, Big’Ole World” and “Building Walls” with the latter featuring striking imagery as “Want to colour you with all my thoughts”.

But like most rollercoaster rides with the loops and the huge drops, Phlow shows that the enjoyable side of love doesn’t last. There are surprises, unexpected twists and turns.

The relationship begins to crumble on “Cracked Windows” and there is the realisation that it was time to end the relationship on the ’80 inspired track, “The Exit”.

This E.P. has all of Phlow’s skills on full display with her story-driven and vibrantly written lyrics. ‘Asuai’ also boasts beats from Ryko’s ‘feng/shui’ tape. The fusion of Phlow and Ryko’s artistry takes up a new life with a unique type of sound.

We at hope you enjoy ‘Asuai”


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