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Garey Godson’s ‘Minding Ma Business’ Is An Impelling Hustler’s Anthem

Nigerians all over the world are pushing the envelope when it comes to sonic explorations and evolving already established sounds. And the German-based Garey Godson is definitely one of them. The rapper-singer is so relentless in the experimentation and merging of different sounds and forms of music, possessing an enviable work ethic that sees him releasing a new record almost at every turn. Earlier this year, he released his 13-track sophomore album, “Still I Rise” and yet he isn’t resting on his oars. He’s been back on the grind keeping his fans occupied with new singles.

Produced by his longtime collaborator HKMK, Garey’s new record ‘Minding Ma Business’ is a lifting record in which Garey croons about the hustle spirit of every dreamer. It emphasizes staying on course during the journey and
sailing through the waves of the industry.

“As an independent artist you are the captain of your boat, this empowers you with the space to create and shape the narrative around your art,” Garey says in a press release.

Listen to the record here.

Alpha P Is Love-Struck In New Single ‘Quarantine’

When we look back at 2020 in the years to come, we’d all remember how the world stopped and bowed to the pressure of the Coronavirus pandemic. This virus has affected life as we know it today, altering the ways we socially interact, engage in economic activities and the way we go about our daily lives generally. However, everything isn’t so grimy. The government-imposed lockdown offered a period for people to slow down, catch up with themselves, reflect, and particularly for artists it provided ample time to create. This period has also directly influenced creation as exemplified with recent releases from Koffee, Maleek Berry, Teni and now the UMG wonderkid, Alpha P.

Alpha P who many of us got to meet last year with his stunning debut 5-track “King Of The Wolves” EP has now released a very short but sweet track titled ‘Quarantine’. This record is a chilled breezy tune that finds Alpha P crooning about his thrilling romance with his woman. The affections of a love-struck Alpha P knows no bounds as he promises to be there for his lover regardless of the hurdles. “If you get quarantined today, I’ll be there staring at your face,” he promises.

Enjoy the record here.

Listen To Olú’s New EP “Feels”

In our regular fashion, we at the PGM Club are dedicated to discovering some of the most talented artists that are keen on producing good music and are worthy of our undivided attention. Over the weekend, one of such acts Olú released a new project titled “Feels”. This comes two years after her last released project, the “Language” EP which featured Femi Johnson as the lone feature.

This new EP contains just seven tracks spanning a total run time of about 22 minutes. And all through the journey of this amazing body of work, you are given a new insight into her exceptional artistry as guided by her soothing vocals and brilliant songwriting. You are also wholly immersed in her mind and being, and to make this experience as pristine as it could be, it features no guests.

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

Bella Alubo Finds Herself In Some Gangster Love In ‘Gbolahan’

Bella Alubo, one of the most gifted acts on the rise has released a new single ‘Gbolahan’, her first official single of the year. This comes about four months after she lent her voice to the “Kele•le” project with ‘Loneliest Girl Of The World’ whose proceeds would be donated for COVID-19 aid in the country through RED HOT. This new single also serves as the lead single for Bela’s next project “Popstar” which is expected to drop before the year runs out in her regular fashion of yearly releases.

‘Gbolahan’ is a chilled afrobeats tune that sounds like a love letter to Bella’s love interest who we know to be Gbolahan. Fusing her sultry vocals with Afrobeats cadences, she details her romance with this guy. But thankfully, the feelings are mutual as he is so in love with her, he wants to show her off “want me to meet your boys, want them to see us together/ you want me in your ride/ want us to leave here together,” she relays.

The record produced and engineered by Tuan Malik is sure to get you hooked upon your first listen as it is a record that finds Bella at her finest pop element.

Listen to the record above.

Jinmi Abduls Brings Along Oxlade & Joeboy On ‘Jowo’

With his recent releases, Jinmi Abdul is winning over new listeners and fans to his camp with his incredible talent which he always brings to bear on his records. As we pointed earlier, he is swiftly positioning himself as one of the key voices of his generation, those heavily perceived to be at the helm at the forefront of the sounds coming out from this part of the world. And for his latest release, he recruits two of the most gifted singer on the rise, Oxlade and the serial hitmaker Joeboy for the exciting love single ‘Jowo’.

‘Jowo’ finds the three sweet-singers putting their vocal talents on full display as they each try to woo their love interest. Silver-tongued, this trio take turns to promise ladies in question heaven and earth in exchange for their love and affection. “Shey you go dey, me I go dey/ girl would you fall in love,” they plead in the chorus.

Listen to the single above.

SirBastien Presents an Experience of Love, Adventure & Peril on “Love Island”

Right about a year after releasing his beautiful debut and introductory project, one of the most gifted acts on the rise SirBastien has released the follow up to “Mango”, titled “Mango Island“. This project was released on Sunday, August 30, just a couple of hours after previewing and discussing the project with us on our Friday IG Live session. Over the past year, the multi-gifted has worked with several other gifted acts in putting out their singles and projects and it’s only right his project also feature guest acts.

This highly collaborative project contains just nine tracks with appearances from Maya Amolo, JM, July Drama, Tosin, Daynim, Eri Ife, The Flowolf and Remy Baggins. Being a producer himself, Sirbastien also seeks efforts from Daviestherocket, Yinoluu, Saucy, Remy Baggins and Ramoni behind the boards.

Across these tracks, SirBastien expects us to have a time of our lives on the Mango Island rich in experiences of love, adventure and peril. “Behold the birds of paradise, the monsters lurking deep below and anticipate the treasure at the end of your adventure,” he says on Instagram as he announces the project.

Enjoy the project above.

BBNaija Housemate Laycon Releases New Single ‘Senseless’

Laycon’s story is a very interesting one. He had been on the come-up for years seeking the right ignition to propel himself to stardom and mainstream consciousness, and this finally came in the form of his nomination to the Big Brother Naija house. The game might still be on, but Laycon already seems like a winner.

His participation on the widely-followed show directed viewers to his backlog of released materials which people have come to love. His latest introductory project “Who Is Laycon?” has recorded an astronomical increase in this number of streams it has recorded over the past few weeks across major DSPs, his followings have also massively increased across social media platforms and he has even gotten a blue tick on his Instagram.

Now, his team is taking advantage of this momentum to show more people the talent that he actually is by releasing yet another single titled ‘Senseless’. This record is a party-starter that finds him showing off his lyrical prowess and syrupy flow.

Enjoy this single above.

Abstraktt Collides With Alpha Ojini, Blaqbonez & Payper Corleone On ‘Crash Course’

One of the most gifted rappers on the rise Abstraktt has joined forces with the leaders of the Naija hip-hop’s new school Payper Corleone, Blaqbonez and the multi-gifted Alpha Ojini. This comes just a few days after unveiling his SS20 “self care” collection and kicking some freestyles on Twitter.

It’s so beautiful seeing how the new school hip-hop acts are gearing towards collaborations and unanimity rather than the discord and needless war-like energy that dominated the rap game for years. This has resulted in seeing more and more posse-cuts with these young rappers feeding on each other’s energy and sharing fanbase. And it’s this same synergy they bring to bear on this new Jesse Alordiah’s produced single.

On this new record, Abstraktt is that tutor taking his time out to give us a ‘Crash Course’ on em bars. And he brings along the right colleagues to do just so as they all litter the chilled beat with pristine bars, polished flows and the right energy.

Enjoy this single above.

Ilaye Soaks Herself In Her Lover’s Affection In ‘Fix’

Nigerian alternative singer Ilaye has been on our radar for quite sometimes now, and with every release, she has proven herself worthy of our undivided attention. Last year, she released a 6-track EP “Pneuma” which a very beautiful project. And even though it didn’t end up on the year-ending charts, music lovers and culture curators who were privileged to listen to the EP had Ilaye’s praise on their lips. And it’s pleasing to know that she isn’t resting on her oars as she has put out another beautifully-written and brilliantly delivered single titled ‘Fix’.

The Sirbastien-produced ‘Fix’ is a thrilling sonic smoothie crafted from a seamless blend of alternative, RnB and pop genres, showcases the nifty and multifaceted disposition of the Ilaye’s sound. Like her previous records, her lyrical gifts are on full display as she delievers this letter-like message to an anonymous lover.

“over the past few months, i’ve focused on honing my craft and feeling at home in my body. also wrote some songs. this is one of them. thank u for always riding w me and listening to the sounds i create,” she shared on Instagram while announcing the single. So going by this message, we know there’s more to expect from the sweet-singing Ilaye in the coming days.

Listen to the single here.

The Cavemen Takes Us Back Home With Debut Album “Roots”

After coming to the consciousness of many through their contributions to Lady Donli’s well-received debut album “Enjoy Your Life”, and their much-celebrated single ‘Osondu’, one of the best bands around, The Cavemen, have finally released their debut album after weeks of anticipation. This new album is titled “Roots” and it contains 16 tracks, making it just less than an hour long. It also contains no features.

This is an album that going by pre-released singles, you can already guess that it is skewed to celebrate Igbo highlife which seems to be relegated to the background these days with everyone one hopping on more trending sounds. And even though they are taking the road less travelled, the duo is very confident that the album and their sound will be received with open arms by the Nigerian listening public.

“I feel our sound is what the average Nigerian would want to hear and that’s not exactly dominant anymore in the Nigerian mainstream. Our music also transcends generations and demographics,” they expressed in a recent chat with Pulse NG.

Enjoy the album above.

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