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Eri Ife Gives Us A Peek Into His Dual World On ‘Esquire’

Burgeoning Ibadan-based singer who also doubles as a lawyer has released a new single, his first of the year, titled ‘Esquire’. This is the lead single off his soon to be released EP of the same title. This EP scheduled for release on Friday, April 3 contains six tracks and features appearances from Efe Oraka, MAKA and SirBastien.

Over the soft and smooth production, Eri Ife paints a vivid picture of how he juggles his day job and his music career with seamless ease. Laid down with insightful storytelling, ‘Esquire’ is Eri Ife’s true tale of balancing his profession as a lawyer as well as his love for making and performing music while still give both is best efforts.

This song is highly relatable among twenty-somethings who try to navigate their 9-to-5 and their passion or balance their work and social life. ‘Esquire’ can well serve as an inspiration to these youths that although it might not be as easy, with the right dedication it is possible to juggle your profession and passion and still excel at both.

Enjoy the record above.

Muyiwa Akhigbe And BankyOnDBeatz Release Joint EP, “Hard Guy”

Muyiwa Akhigbe and BankyOnDBeatz have taken their singer-producer bond to another level as they release a joint body of work titled “Hard Guy.” This EP is the product of a journey that began about a year ago, which we first had a taste of with ‘Bamilo’ – a soothing love number in which Muyiwa appeals to his love interest join him in slipping away.

This is a journey that led them to new sonic frontiers, one that led them to the creation of their own sound which they call AfroFuturist. And ever since, they have gone on to dish this genre-bending sound to us in different shades across their subsequent releases, ‘Outta My System’, ‘Better’ and ‘Hold You Down’ featuring Boom General.

But this new EP, “Hard Guy” is just another voyage that sees us being softly transported from a place of emotional toxicity to purity. Across the six tracks on the EP, Muyiwa and BankyOnDBeatz tell a story that slowly morphs from heartbreak to rediscovery. The entire project guests no one but a spoken word artist, Oreoluwa Macaulay. It would also come as a surprise to many that the EP features no pre-released single save for ‘Bamilo’.

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Tracklist for “Hard Guy” (photography by Dennis Onunwa)

This project comes about a year after Muyiwa teamed up with Rhye Ali to released a thematic collaborative project titled “Conversations.”

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

Garey Godson Taps Daramola On ‘Low Key’ Remix

Just before the release of his next project “Still I Rise” scheduled for release next Saturday, March 28, Garey Godson is giving us a final taste of the coming material. Just moments ago, Garey released the remix of ‘Low Key’ for months after its initial release. And this new rendition features American-based Nigerian multi-gifted singer, Daramola.

Also coming as his first drop of 2020, ‘Lowkey’ remix will no doubt increase your appetite for the coming album.

Like the original, the song finds Garey inviting his love interest to come to spend time with him over the weekend. He entices her by reminding her of some of their cherished moments while also making promises of her having the time of her life if she comes over. It’s a private affair with no intruders allowed as Garey sings “will you come over for the weekend, we ain’t gotta tell nobody I can keep it on a low, I can keep it on a low key.”

Daramola’s presence also adds a new spice to the jam as he comes through with a feature-killing verse. With his smooth voice, he is really willing to shower his love on his sweetheart. All he needs is for her to give him his permission.

As a soothing potpourri of Reggaeton, Trap and Afro-pop elements, ‘Lowkey’ remix is a soothing groovy love tune that adds more juice to it’s original. Enjoy the record and let us know what you think.

BarelyAnyHook Releases New 5-Track EP, “Nna, Jide”

Remember in 2017 when BarelyAnyHook dropped a sizzling freestyle for Nigerian-American rapper Jidenna when the latter was promoting “The Chief” in Lagos? The burgeoning rapper has since swiftly positioned himself as one of the most creative and eccentric wordsmiths in the country. Although he hasn’t attained mainstream popularity just yet, BarelyAnyHook is fast developing a cult following via his near-ceaseless releases.

Anyone that has been following the rapper’s journey for a minute must have noticed his affinity for Jidenna’s music. Asides the viral freestyle video, he has also gone one to cover standout selections off Jidenna’s sturdy discography. Now, BarleyAnyHook has compiled these covers into an EP he calls “NNA, JIDE.” This project, dedicated to the Grammy-nominated rapper contains just five tracks with a total runtime of 16 minutes.

This is BarleyAnyHook’s first body of work since his 2019 collaborative “Barely Big Enough” EP with respected producer and DJ, Bigfootinyourface.

Listen to the project above and let us know what you think.

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.

Martyn Chika Introduces His Coming Trilogy With His “Paper Planes” EP

Burgeoning rapper Martyn Chika, is re-introducing himself to the Nigerian audience with his newly released EP “Paper Planes”. Surprisingly, this release is just a 6-track teaser off his upcoming trilogy project of the same title. 

The “Paper Planes” trilogy which is scheduled for release in the next few months will be a 3-part project with a total of 21 songs.

Entirely produced by Evan Beatz, this project is a diverse body of work that tells a coming-of-age-story of the 25-year-old Lagos based rapper. With a vivid storytelling, the self-ascribed ‘Lyrical Lion’ gives the listeners a quick tour around his creative mind and history across the six tracks. 

According to Chika,  “the songs on the trilogy are based on experiences and ideas I’ve had for a long time, but I’ve been unable to properly share. The Paper Planes Trilogy is about finally letting them go into the world. It’s very diverse and shows different aspects of my personality, so I really think that there’s something for everyone on the project.”

Bringing along his clean delivery, lyrical depth, and impressive rhythmic abilities, Martyn hopes to make his mark and leave a good first impression with this project.

Listen to the project above and let us know what you think. 

BankyOnDBeatz & Muyiwa Akhigbe drop ‘Hold You Down’ with Boom General

Still in the season of love, BankyOnDBeatz and Muyiwa Akhigbe are back with their third Afro-futurist team up titled ‘Hold You Down’. And on this record they bring along a guest, Boom General as they expand their freshly crafted sound to new frontiers.

Last year, the pair joined forces to craft a new sound which they introduced us to with ‘Outta My System’. They took it a step further with the well-received ‘Better’ and now they introduce us to another facet of the nascent and mutating sound.

Over the scintillating BankyOnDBeatz’ production, Muyiwa reassures his lover of his affection, letting her know he’s always got her back.

Boom General in the closing verse comes through with a scene-stealing feature coming through with his patios-laced verse wrapped in an airtight delivery. He finds a home in this dancehall influenced sound and he takes it home leaving a solid impression on first-time listeners.

The pair has made a promise of an adventurous sonic experience and with this new release, ‘Hold You Down’ they are making good on that promise.

Listen to the record here.

It’s A Double Treat From David Meli This Weekend

Just a few hours after announcing that his album is ready, rising talent David Meli is giving us a taste to the coming project. The singer has released two new singles titled ‘Headswell’ and ‘Big Body’ which features no guests. 

‘Headswell’ is a mid-tempo Afropop record that’s so easy to sink and rock that waist to. The singer is drunk in love and he sings this adulation to this lover that sets his soul on fire.

On ‘Big Body’, a more uptempo jam, Meli is a devout body worshipper, urging his muse to take it softly on him as she drives him crazy with her body. No doubt, this is an anthem straight for the clubs and the house parties you might be attending this weekend. 

If these records tell us one thing, it’s that David Meli isn’t here to play. He serenades over the beats with the swagger of a blown Afropop star. And going by the consistent quality of his releases, it’s just a matter of time before he attains that status. 

These singles come highly recommended from us at the PGM Club.

Kaylu Is Full Of Energy On ‘Streets 4Real’ With JoulesDaKid

Just over a week ago, burgeoning rapper Kaylu released his debut project, “Millineum Boy.” Over the 8-track tape, the rapper brings his A-game with solid appearances from JoulesDaKid, Brainee, Tsuni, Nakie 4k and more.

Across the tape, Kaylu sounds so confident and full of life, giving the public a taste of his artistry. But no doubt, one of the standout cuts on the tape is the JoulesDaKid-assisted  ‘Streets 4Real’.

Produced by Kronik, the neck-snapping record has a chilling trap bounce feel that leaves room for the rappers to come through with braggadocio raps coated in bullish deliveries. One thing that’s hard to miss as you listen to the record is that Kaylu’s confidence and enthusiasm radiates all through the track and even spills over across the tape.

Hopefully Kaylu gets to win over unbelievers with this impressive project.

Listen to the record above.

TiwaDara Presents New Project “Soul & Groove”

Burgeoning gifted singer TiwaDara has kicked off the year with a new project titled “Soul & Groove.” This project contains eight tracks, and it’s lone feature comes courtesy of Deena Ade. She had also joined him on his 2018 release, “Jigsaw” in which TiwaDara also brought along Dunnie and GoodGirlLA.

This new EP is led by his 2019 single, ‘Headshot’, a self-produced and engineered record in which TiwaDara details the falling-in-love experience. He meddles Afropop with RnB, crooning of his helpless surrender to love and the beauty of the coveted feeling.

As the title implies, “Soul & Groove” is centred around the theme of love and generally just having a good time. 

This project is entirely produced and engineered by TiwaDara save for the second track produced by Dunnie and track six produced by ThaBeatSmith

Listen to the record here.

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