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WundaB Joins Forces With MOJO & AYLØ On ‘Claro’

Just over a year after their team-up on ‘Sweet’ in 2018, burgeoning act WundaB has reunited MOJO and AYLØ on his new comeback single. This new record ‘Claro’ would be WundaB’s first official single since he guested K.I.N.G and Doro on his 2017 single ‘Ting’.

Released over the weekend, ‘Claro’ is one of the most chilled and relaxing songs you can listen to today. Over a very laidback synth-laced dancehall production by WundaB, AYLØ offers a tingling hook. Crooning in diluted patios, he uses the claro as a metaphor of how he wants his woman. MOJO, on the other hand, delievers his verse in the way he knows best: code-mixing Yoruba, English and pidgin. Across his sweet 16, he drops goofy pick-up lines, trying to win over his love interest with his braggadocio.

Enjoy the record above and let us know what you think.

The PGM Club’s Best 20 Songs In 2019

2019 in retrospect was quite a good year as far as the Nigerian music industry is concerned. Over the past 364 days, Afrobeats, Nigeria’s major music export, got more visibility on the world stage, we experienced so many exciting releases and bespoke rollouts. But most of all, we witnessed an influx of a range of young, vibrant and talented artists that dominated the airwaves such that people started to speak of a change of guard in the industry that up until recently was dominated by a duopoly. Amidst a tidal wave of releases this year, we at the PGM Club have come to put out a list of our top 20 records that believe dominated the year. 

Tems – Try Me

A follow up to her year-opening stunner, ‘Looku Looku‘, ‘Try Me’ is a breakout anthem for the oppressed, underrated and understated who have been suppressed from use and abuse. Over a simple and laidback beat, a spirited Tems is on a mission to set herself free as she continuously asks why her subjugator keeps pushing her to the wall.

With a powerful sing-along-hook, this song is so infectious that’d get you in the zone right from your first listen. If there was ever any doubt about Tems skill as a dazzling vocalist and songwriter, ‘Try Me‘ puts that to rest. The record has gained much traction on the airwaves and its video has racked up over a million views on YouTube.

Lady Donli x The Cavemen – Cash

Cash’ is the lead single off Lady Donli’s well-received debut album, “Enjoy Your Life” that got blessed with a Davido-assisted remix. The original single which Lady Donli revealed was recorded at a time when she was broke and frustrated soundtracks our unending hustle and bustle for money. The song has one simple message; this life is one so enjoy it as much as you can. 

Teni- Billionaire

The lead single Teni’s her 6-track EP of the same title, ‘Billionaire’ is that anthem that reaffirmed Teni’s position as a hitmaker after near-misses released earlier in the year.  Produced by Pheelz, ‘Billionaire’ is an up-tempo record, rich in instrumentation and overflows with ambition, providing a perfect blend of a stunning dance record with declarative and prayerful lyrics. Proudly weaving together Yoruba and English over ‘alujo‘-laced percussion, Teni sings of her lofty dreams of being a billionaire as well as the luxury and excess that comes with being one. She also backed this record with a brilliant TG Omori-directed video.

Mojo ft Prettyboy DO – Chop Life Crew

A highly enjoyable record, ‘Chop Life Crew’ as its title suggests is a not-so-subtle reminder that life is short and it is to be enjoyed to the fullest. Both D-O and MOJO deliver energetic verses that drive the message home over a slick production with rolling hi-hats and hard-hitting kicks. The Ronchi-produced record also houses a catchy-hook that gets you bobbing your head and whistling along upon every listen.

Rema – Dumebi

A standout cut off his 4-track self-titled debut EP “Rema“, ‘Dumebi’ is that monster hit that speedily propelled the freshly unveiled Mavins act to stardom.  A very catchy and danceable Afropop record, ‘Dumebi‘ alongside its accompanying video undoubtedly dominated the airwaves throughout 2019 making Rema a household name in no time.  

Reekado Banks – Rora

After a brief self-imposed hiatus, Reekado Banks came back with a King Tuzi-produced bang titled ‘Rora’. Undoubtedly, Reekado Bank took the doubts out of our minds and hushed naysayers with this sleeper hit. Over the mid-tempo Afropop record, Reekado Banks is in full woman-worship mode as he adulates his love interest begging her to ‘calm down’.

Joeboy – Baby

Very early into the year, Joeboy eased himself into the hearts of many with his Afropop love record, ‘Baby’. Over the soft but sparkling instrumental, the young singer openly declares love for his sweetheart, gifting us one of the best sing-along hooks of 2019. And ever since the release of this chart-topping smash, the Empawa has been on a joy ride to stardom and mainstream success. Proving he was no fad, the young singer also followed up with equally beautiful songs, ‘Beginning‘ and ‘Don’t Call Me Back‘ and an impressive 5-track EP, “Love & Light.”

Sarz & WurlD – Mad

Sarz and WurlD finally treated us to their much-teased “I Love Girls With Trobul” EP this year, and one of the standouts off the tape is ‘Mad’. Across the infectious record, WurlD’s artistic strengths are on full display as the song is well written and delivered with a solid vocal performance. He gives us a peek into his “trobul’d” relationship with Sade, one that isn’t exactly going through the best of times. Sarz’s production on the record is so thrilling that the song immediately ensnares you upon its first listen.

Santi – Sparky

A single off his debut album “Mandy and the Jungle,” ‘Sparky’ finds Santi crooning over a soft and minimalist production which leaves enough room for the dominance of the vocals and polished delivery of the dreadlocked singer. Just like the visuals for ‘Freaky’, the accompanying visuals for ‘Sparky’ appears to be highly inspired by the 90s Nollywood culture which others have subjected to ridicule. 

Johnny Drille – Papa

Released in celebration of Father’s Day, ‘Papa’ finds the Mavin Records alternative-folk singer appreciating his dad and crooning about his spirituality spurred and serviced by his father. Backed mainly by stifling strings and solemn keys, Johnny Drille opens the record by recounting the fatherly advice he was given when he was much younger to have his life guided and guarded by faith and prayers. He then describes how his father keeps in touch with him regularly and reminds him not to let go of his spirituality in the strange land he currently finds himself.

 Boj x Kwesi Arthur, Darko Vibes – Awolowo

Over the record produced by the acclaimed ‘alte playmaker’, GMK, BOJ recruits a team of Ghana’s finest; Kwesi Arthur, Darko Vibes and Joey B. The song also features additional vocals by Zamir and guitar by friend-of-the-family, Tomi Thomas.

Across the record, BOJ delivers a chilling hook with his gruff voice over the simplistic but dazzling GMK-production. Kwesi Arthur, Joey B and Darko Vibes also didn’t disappoint, coming through with impressive 16s woven in English, pidgin and their native tongues. This record also has a Naija remix that features Ycee, Fresh L and Falz.

Odunsi – Tipsy

A striking step-forward from last year’s debut album ‘rare.’, ‘Tipsy’ finds Odunsi (The Engine) pushing his music into darker territory, with elements of R&B, soul and pop part of his global-facing, Afro-fusion sound. His vocal interplay with RAYE is the perfect fit, with both artists possessing the character and star quality to naturally complement each other’s talent. This striking record helped to introduce the alte frontman to a wider international audience. 

Buju X Zlatan – Spiritual

One of the amazing talents that 2019 introduced to us is Buju. The young singer is no doubt one of the most talented singers on the rise and is looking to an even more promising 2020. One of the songs that thrust him into the public eye is his August release, ‘Spiritual’ featuring Zlatan. Over the ad-lib laced zanku anthem, Buju’s vocals shine through, dazzling the uninitiated as he croons about his lover over the chilledSteph production. Zlatan also came through on the record with one of his most thrilling verses of the year. 

Davido x Popcaan – Risky

On this Popcaan-assisted record, Davido crafted a beautiful hook from the disjointed, grating and hilarious Hot 97 freestyle. Just a few hours before its release, Davido gave us a fair warning on Twitter “What you all laughed at!! You will dance to!!” and he couldn’t have been more accurate.

Produced by Speroach Beatz, ‘Risky‘ helped reignite the anticipation for his long-awaited sophomore album “A Good Time.”

AYLØ – Paris

AYLØ gave us the first taste of the material he had been working on in silence “Dnt’ Dlt” with the record titled ‘Paris’. On the song centred around fiding beauty, AYLØ delievers a soothing and melodious record over a simplistic and minimalist production. With his emotive vocals on full display, he croons about how he is helplessly in love with his sweetheart. “We are all damaged …” he resigns. This song is co-produced by Le Mav and Odunsi The Engine.

Naira Marley – Opotoyi

Naira Marley isn’t exactly a PGM-type artist, but his influence and dominance this year cannot be understated. Throughout the year, he was surrounded with self-inflicted controversy that kept his name circling in the media and also had a string of hits to his name that made it very difficult for him to be ignored. On ‘Opotoyi’, Naira Marley hops on a catchy and fast-paced Rexxie-produced Zanku beat, ravelling in woman worship and street banter. 

Prettyboy D-O – Dey Go Hear Wehh

For his first post-“Everything Pretty” release, Prettyboy D-O came through with the high energy dancehall-influenced record, ‘Dey Go Hear Wehh’ and its Seyi Akinlade-directed cinematic video.  On the record, D-O delivers frisky verses over the hard-hitting instrumental before coming through with the highly infectious hook cut from a popular Nigerian pidgin dictum. He comes for non-believers and detractors, assuring us that they will soon be shocked beyond measure.

Tiwa Savage – 49-99

For her UMG debut, Tiwa Savage links up with YBNL producer, Pheelz to release ‘49-99‘, a mid-tempo afro-pop record with Afrobeat elements, particularly rich in instrumentation with scintillating underlying strings.

On the record, Tiwa Savage expresses her desire for the good things of life amidst the rife and turmoil in a country some are quick to refer to as a failed state. She is focused on securing the bag to afford herself the luxury designers and fast cars, “Mo fe ra Versace, Mo fe ra Bugatti” she croons.

Burna Boy – Anybody

In the future, when Burna Boy looks back at how much he achieved in 2019, he’d find much to be grateful for. Despite opening the year with a brief fall from grace following his infamous “African Giant” Instagram rant, the Atlantic act managed to turn things around swiftly, weaving it into his best yet – musically. One of the standout cuts and fan-favourite off his “African Giant” album is the percussive gbese anthem, ‘Anybody’. Burna basks in his full feel-good mode,  advocating the cutting off of any bad energy that seeks to kill the vibe. This record was one of the records he performed the most on his amazing post-“African Giant” press run.

Davido x Chris Brown – Blow My Mind 

One of the recurrent pitfalls of international collaborations in these parts is that it sometimes feels forced as most local acts sacrifice chemistry for star power but Davido’s ‘Blow My Mind’ is an exception. A lead single off his highly anticipated sophomore album “A Good Time,” Davido and Chris Brown’s chemistry radiated across the Shizzy-produced number. The sweet-singing Chris Brown seamlessly razzled across the track with a casual air that blessed the soothing and melodious love number with a scene-stealing feature. It was smooth and seamless that they also teamed up again on Chris Brown’s ‘Lower Body’ off his “Indigo” extension.

 

Notable Mentions

Alpha Ojini ft Ycee – One Knee (Chvmeleon)

SDC ft Buju – Do Me Nice (Palmwine Express)

SDC ft Tomi Thomas – Vibration (Palmwine Express)

Amaarae – Like It 

Crayon – Gock Am (Cray Cray)

Gigi Atlantis ft Fasina – Wahala On The Rocks

Ckay – Way (CKay The First) 

Dice Ailes ft Falz -Alakori 

Bris B ft Santi – Supa sigh 

Dami Oniru – Alive (Bri’s Lounge)

Blaqbonez – Shut Up (Mr Boombastic)

 

Remember to check out all these records and keep supporting good music. Cheers!

SirBastien Brings Along AYLØ, DAP the Contract, Jinmi Abduls, Eri Ife and More On New Album, ‘Mango’

This year has been such an exciting year for Nigeria’s new-gen acts. Asides having some of the biggest songs in the country fielded by   Fireboy DML, Rema and Joeboy, several other members of the new wave have been exploring sounds, experimenting new musical complexities and sharing the outcome with the world via beautiful projects all year long. Among the numerous 2019 releases include Santi‘s “Mandy and the Jungle,” Lady Donli‘s “Enjoy Your Life” – a strong contender for album of the year, Remy Baggins‘ sex tape “Hentai,” Dami Oniru‘s “Bri’s Lounge” as well as AYLØ’sDnt’Dlt.” These projects and more have helped greatly in restoring confidence about the future of the Nigerian music scene which is currently getting the world’s attention.

SirBastien is, however, the latest in the long list of new-gen acts to treat us to a solid project. Just a few days ago, this multitalented act released a new album titled “Mango” and we can’t just seem to get enough of this beautifully crafted body of work.

On this 9-track (actually eight tracks and one bonus) project, SirBastien brings along a striking cast of the new wave including DAP the Contract, Jinmi Abduls, Ilaye, Eri Ife, Keenah, JayHadADream, Bio and AYLØ.

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Tracklist for “Mango” (Twitter/sirbastienmusic)

Across these tracks, SirBastein switches smoothly between singing and rapping as he explores themes centred around love and enjoying good times with the ones we care about. A plethora of sounds, the sonically rich album is majorly self-produced with co-production credits for Saucy and Damiore. 

Falana Kicked Off Her Chapter One (EP) Tour With A Night Of Indelible Artistic Experience

On Friday, August 16, Falana kicked off her Chapter One Tour. The Neo-Soul and R&B singer had fans, family and friends gathered at the Terra Kulture, Lagos, for the first stop of her tour which is set to hit other African cities like Accra, Kigali, and Abuja.

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The star of the night, Falana, performing live (Falana)

Anchored by Douglas Jekan, the event hosted a long list of celebrated guests and influencers like Denola Grey, Pamilerin, Godwin Tom as well as colleagues: BOJ, Teezee, Wavy The Creator, Odunsi (The Engine) and many others.

AYLØ serenading on stage

AYLØ serenading on stage

After thrilling performances by opening acts, Deena Ade, Celeste and Aylø -who just put out an impressive project “Dnt Dlt“- the star of the night, Falana was ushered on stage to a rockstar’s welcome, as she quickly takes us to church with “O God, here I am...”

Backed by her beaming six-piece band, the Nigerian-Canadian singer took us through her recently-released “Chapter One” EP, delivering acoustic renditions of some of the standouts of the well-received project, thereby giving them a flavor different to the way they were consumed on the tape.

Radiant and commanding on stage, Falana ran us through a run of old picks such as ‘To Zion‘, ‘Feel Your Energy‘, ‘Start Again‘ and ‘Dynamite‘. One of the highlights of the night was her performance of ‘Woman’, her somber record centered around women empowerment, highlighting the outstanding contributions of women in our society. Mid-performance, she broke into a monologue that accentuates the grim realities of single women in a patriarchal society such as ours.

Falana saved the best for the last as she closed her 1 hour 30 minutes set with her popular single ‘Ride or Die‘. The live rendition of this song filled the room with a gripping air of nostalgia, inciting the already captive audience to sing along to the standout record.

That wasn’t the end of the fun though, as everyone headed to Club 57 for the Culture Custodian-hosted after party.

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The host, Douglas Jekan (Falana)

The Lagos show was indeed a night to remember loaded with a pure and indelible artistic experience that left the audience roaring in appreciation. Her next stop is Accra where she would be treating unsuspecting Ghanaians to her thrilling performances. What a way to kick-off a tour!

 

AYLØ Releases New Mixtape “dnt’dlt”

Burgeoning alternative sensation, AYLØ has released his highly anticipated project titled “dnt’dlt.” This tape is a follow up to his stellar “Insert Project Name” mixtape released in 2017 making this his third project in three years.

Described as a soulful fusion that evokes daytime warmth and hazy night whispers on Apple Music, “dnt’dlt” is a 10-track mixtape that features appearances from FasinaPsycho YP, MOJOSugarbanaCheso and Myquale.  The project is led by singles like ‘Paris‘ and ‘Sassy‘, two sultry, trippy and appetizing records that kept us on our toes for the now-released mixtape.

Speaking about the mixtape in a recent interview with SG-Mag, AYLØ revealed that “DNT’ DLT is about regaining confidence. About not deleting your existence, metaphorically and physically. My favourite song is ‘indo smkn‘, a lot of things, mojo and I spoke about on that song, stuff that made me want to delete.”

This project comes highly recommended from us at The PGM Club as AYLØ never disappoints. Enjoy above.

AYLØ Joins Forces With Fasina & Psycho YP On ‘Sassy’

The rollout for AYLØ‘s forthcoming project “dnt’dlt” has officially begun. Just last month, the sensational singer treated us to the first single off the project, ‘Paris’ which has garnered favourable reviews and reactions. And now, the AYLØ is taking it a step further by releasing the next single off the project titled ‘Sassy’. On this record, the singer teams up with fellow new gen acts, Fasina and the raving Abuja-based rapper, PsychoYP.

In an interview with Complex, AYLØ revealed that the Eke-produced is “sort of an ode to feminine sass. The chase they make you chase. Knowing fully well that this is 2019 and we no longer condone intimacy, relationships or the idea of marriage as a concept that renders women a subservient and, in essence, a slave.”

Enjoy the single above.

AYLØ stops by the PGM Club to premiere his new single PARIS!

On this episode, AYLØ stops by at the Push Good Music Club to exclusively premiere his new single PARIS and he also touched on his soon to be released EP, ‘Dntdlt’,

In the second half of the show, we had DJ Java exclusively play us his album SOUNDS OF THE LADIES MAN scheduled to drop on Friday, June 14.

Listen To AYLØ’s New Single ‘Paris’

Burgeoning alternative act, AYLØ is back with his first offering for 2019 titled ‘Paris‘. This comes after fervent calls from fans all over social media for a record from the singer. ‘Paris’ therefore provides a taste of what AYLØ has been cooking and also gives the fans something to hold on to as they await further information on the release of his next project titled “Dnt’dlt” (Don’t Delete).

With ‘Paris‘, AYLØ delievers a soothing and melodious record over a simplistic and minimalist production. With his emotive vocals on full display, he croons about how he is helplessly in love with his sweetheart. “We are all damaged …” he resigns.

Paris is about finding beauty in everything. Beauty is in our damage and in our stories. Paradise is what you make it. ‘Paris’ is the subject’s favourite city, so hence the concept of. Beauty, if in, is out, and as above, so below. Me never having being to Paris, it wouldn’t matter because I’ve found paradise in Lagos… Right now, in this (that) moment.” He reveals in an interview with Tmrw Magazine

This song is co-produced by Le Mav and Odunsi The Engine.

Enjoy this new single above.

Listen To ‘You’ By Zarion Uti

Zarion Uti is set up to end the year on a great note.

The singer has stayed adequately consistent with his music this year to keep us listening with his singles Rebel, Ayé (featuring Psycho YP) and Finito (featuring AYLØ), the singer has done enough to keep his presence tangible throughout this year.

On Wednesday, Zarion Uti came out with his latest titled You, produced by Chillz. The song has Zarion giving his crush undivided attention and showing an equally intense desire to meet her with lyrics If Uber no dey work/Make we call Taxify.

The song is a catchy one with just enough feel-good to lift your spirit.

Aylo – LITT

We’re pleased to inform our readers that Aylo’s latest release is a pleasant surprise. The new single titled LITT is just that; but not in the way you’d expect, especially if you thought littuations only happen fast-paced.

Laced with calm instrumentals and soothing vocals, the song once again proves that less is more. The music is seamless and gets you nodding and moving to its designs.

LITT is Aylo’s promise to his fans that he’ll be dropping a series of singles building up to the late summer release his next project. And furthermore a message to all the nay-sayers that he fully intends to keep dropping gems his way.

LITT is a nice break from all of the noise and we all deserve a break, don’t we? I know I do.

 

 

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