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Listen To Simi’s New -Track EP “Restless II”

One of Nigeria’s leading singers Simi has released her new EP  “Restless II” in partnership with Apple’s artist services company, Platoon. This is a project we were introduced just a couple weeks ago with the release of its lead single ‘No Longer Beneficial’, her first since her chart-topping ode to her unborn child, ‘Duduke’.

In this single, Simi is at a crossroad which would be familiar to many. The one where two people who are romantically engaged find themselves with conflicting interests. She and her muse have been involved with one each other for a while as friends with benefits. And as it often happens in situations like this, the guy started to catch feelings, one he openly expressed to Simi for them to take their relationship to the next level.

But Simi isn’t down for that at all. At least, not now. She’s only here for a good time. “He say he wan be my lover, he say he wan do forever. But I ain’t down for that,” she sings. So before things get out of hand, she’s opting to pull out of whatever they have together because in her own words, “it was good while it lasted oh, don’t let me take you for granted…”

“Restless II” EPcontains just six tracks, featuring apperances from MS BAnks, Wurld as well as her hsband and freqent collaborator, Adekunle Gold.  Enjoy the project above and let us know what you think. ALso remember to check out the just-released viduals for ‘No Longer Beneficial’ below.

Mannywellz Releases Amazing New Project titled “MIRAGE”

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Remember the name Mannywellz, born Emmanuel Ajomale, and he’s a Grammy award-winning Nigerian American-based R&B/Soul artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who just released his refreshingly new E.P: ‘The Mirage’.

The project produced by Mannywellz is a seven-tracked collection of uniquely different sounds, influenced by his father, who is also a musician, and other musical icons such as Asa, Bob Marley, Kanye West, Ryan Leslie, Timbaland, Fela Anikulakpo Kuti, and King Sunny Ade.

Mannywellz has three features on ‘Mirage‘. While ‘A million’ featuring Nigerian-American rapper, Wale is a more upbeat sound, ‘Floating’ featuring Nigerian R&B duo, VanJess, made up of sisters Ivana and Jessica Nwokike is a slower traditional sound that samples a myriad of instruments, making this track in particular, stand out.

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”Peace” featuring Tems is the ultimate depiction of a sweet-sounding song. Mannywellz garnishes his use of falsetto in a jazzy sound that draws you in, particularly, if you’re one for easy unconventional sounds. Alternative R&B fresh talent, Tems lends her acutely distinct voice to bring together this track in a blended complementary dollop that’s just delicious to listen to.

Manny was on the PGM Radio Show last Wednesday to discuss the making of his project and the inspiration behind it.  Listen to the podcast here.

We at the PGM Club love this project and recommend it for your listening pleasure.

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Stream ‘Mirage here.

Niniola Brings Along Timbaland, Busiswa, Afro B, Sauti Sol & More On “Colours & Sounds”

The acclaimed queen of Afro-House Niniola has released her sophomore album “Colours & Sounds” across all major streaming platforms in the early hours of today. This comes three years after her stunning debut album “This Is Me” which contained monster hit, ‘Maradona’ as well as ‘Saro’, ‘Sicker’ and more. This new project is led by singles like ‘Omo Rapala’, the Femi Kuti-assisted ‘Fantasy’ a well as the infectious ‘Addicted’ which has recorded much traction on the airwaves.

“Colours & Sounds” finds Niniola exploring a wide palette of sounds across 15 tracks while still serving her fans a heavy dose of Afro-House which made them fall in love with her in the first. It’s obvious she has much more than just the Nigerian audience in mind in the conceptualization and execution of this project. And this is well exemplified in the guestlist which features contributions from Kenyan band Sauti Sol, South Africa’s songstress Busiswa, British act Afro B as well as Timbaland, a renowned American producer, DJ and rapper. It also features her frequent collaborator, Sarz and well as Nonso Amadi, one of the most gifted emerging acts in these parts.

Listen to the album above.

Paybac Iboro Recruits All-Star Cast For ‘Activ8’ Remix

When people talk about how much they love Paybac Iboro’s sophomore album ‘Cult!’, one song that keeps coming up as a favourite is the second lead single off the project, ‘Activ8’. Opening with raw but gripping keys, head-bumping kicks and a faded but stifling baseline the rap finds Paybac in his element, delivering stream-of-consciousness verses about how he keeps pushing against all odds in this country. On the striking and highly infectious hook, Paybac raps, ‘Activ8, activ8, activ8, young Samuel Oparaji, I’m balling till I pass away. Legends only die on a Saturday, get the plug if you want activate‘.

He also dropped the beat for free online, inspiring scads of freestyle verses from some of the brightest rappers in Nigeria, known and unknown. But for the remix of such a standout single, Paybac seeks the big dawgs, the tested and trusted wordsmiths revered all over for their sharp pen. He brings along Ghost of SDC, Vector the Viper and Boogey, his friend and frequent collaborator who all came through with jawdropping and thoughtful bars on the record.

Listen to this record above and let us know who you think has the best verse.

Listen To Eri Ife’s New Single ‘Naughty Girl’

About 6 months after introducing us to his dual life as a lawyer and creative with his well-received EP “Esquire”, Eri Ife is back with a new record coming barely with a day’s notice titled ‘Naughty Girl’.

This record finds him dabbling into the dancehall sounds with an aim of making it to out ‘sexytime playlists’. For the record, he enlists the assist of Biodun the Sage for production and engineering. ‘Girl Me Love the way yuh siddown pon it, exclusive like it’s member’s only,’ he  sings as he opens the record.

All through the record, he sings about how the ‘Naughty Girl’ as him wrapped around her finger. “Now you got me on lock nuh, the way that sundress move, when you wear it make me wanna take it off ya’ he confesses.

Enjoy the record above.

Fireboy DML Features On Official FIFA 21 Soundtrack

For the first time in a long while, Nigerians appear to be very excited about the recently announced official soundtrack of the highly anticipated game, FIFA 21. And this is simply because Nigeria and its globetrotting sound Afrobeats is duly represented as Fireboy DML’s 2019 smash hit ‘Scatter’. This comes barely a week after ‘Champion’ off his recently-released sophomore album “Apollo” was played at Bayern Munich’s victory lap.

This feat is facilitated by the Empire x YBNL partnership that sees the international publishing company pushing the Nigerian label catalogue into relevant spaces across the global music market. This, therefore, makes Firbeoy the first local artist to be featured in an official FIFA soundtrack, a game which is widely played in this part of the world.

The game itself is scheduled to launch worldwide 9 October 2020, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. ‘Scatter’ which was just released last year has accumulated 30+ Million streams across all streaming platforms.

Watch the video below.

Tome Is All About That Positive Energy In ‘I Pray’ With Sean Kingston

Just a few months after releasing her well-received sophomore album “Bigger Than Four Walls”, Nigerian-Canadian singer Tome is back already with a new single titled ‘I Pray’. This record, however, comes in a pack of three including the official lead single featuring popular Jamaican act, Sean Kingston; the extended version which solely features Tome; and the French version titled ‘Je Prie’.

This record finds Tome taking us all to Jamaica as she lays her top-notch pen game and stunning vocals over reggae instrumental. This further proves the point that she can’t be constrained to a particular genre as exemplified in her latest project “Bt4w” which saw her working with several palettes of sounds over 10 tracks.

As she sings, she reminds everyone that she’s intolerant of negative energy. “No fighting, no cousin, no war/ just love and affection for all/ When you come around lift my spirits off or you can take a bow,” she points out. Sean Kingston on his part looks up to the heavens as he cries, “watch your blessings fall down on me, prayer goes to you.”

Enjoy the single above.

Listen To Runtown’s New Chilled Record ‘Kini Issue’

One of Nigeria’s leading frontmen in the Afropop space Runtown has released a new single with only a moment’s notice titled ‘Kini Issue’. This is his first single since his year opening record ‘Body Riddim’ which guested appearances from rising Afrobeats star Bella Shmurda as well as Ghanaian act Darkovibes who doubles as both a rapper and singer.

On the chilled record, Runtown probes into the problems with his woman as he repeatedly asks in Yoruba “kini issue”. The superstar is obviously intoxicated in love and wants no hurdles or barriers between himself and his woman.

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

Reekado Banks Teams Up With Kida Kudz & EO On ‘Need More’

Ahead of his soon-to-be-released EP which he announced officially just a few days ago, Reekado Banks has released a new record titled ‘Need More’ featuring the Jiggy boy Kida Kudz as well as EO. This would be Reekado Banks’ first single release since he got stuck in the lockdown for about six months in Gabon after going there to shoot a music video.

This coming EP “Off The Record” would be Reekado Banks’s first release project since his celebrated debut album “Spotlight” which was released over four years ago. The original plan was to release his sophomore album this year, but apparently, this was also one of the plans disrupted by COVID this year. Now, his fans would have to settle for this 5-track EP which would serve as a prelude to his full-length body of work.

Speaking about the EP in a recent interview with GRM, he revealed that “all the songs on the EP are collaborations. There is not a single song that isn’t a feature. As you already know, “Need More” has Kida Kudz and EO. There’s a song with Wizkid on the EP, another with Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi.

The crazy thing is I didn’t actually get to sit down with many of the artists, apart from two of them. Tiwa stopped by my house one day and recorded, and I was with Wizkid in his studio when we made the record. Every other song was done remotely and I really love everyone on the project.”

This new record ‘Need More’ is heavily influenced by the UK bounce and it just feels so fitting to have Kida Kudz on the joint. Over the head-bopping beat, the trio croon about having the best of times at a wild all-night party and how that just isn’t enough. The Blaise Beatz-produced bop offers something in its liquid chorus for everybody who listens to it: pining for a blazing romance, a twinge of nostalgia, or a shot of self-praise.

Enjoy the record above.

Listen To Tems’ Debut EP “For Broken Ears”

Tems has been of the best gifts 2019 gave to us. Many were (re)introduced to her amazing talents with her stunning debut ‘Mr Rebel’ which served a breath of fresh air to the pacy percussive sound that dominated the music space at the time. She brilliantly followed this up with ‘Looku Looku’ which was reaffirmed what people had come to know from its predecessor. By the time she released her liberating and empowering anthem, ‘Try Me’ Tems had won the elites and streets over. She even made appearances on the biggest shows in the year-ending series of concerts off the back of this culturally and commercially triumphant record.

And although this year appears to be relatively silent from the singer save for her surprise single ‘These Days’ and teams up with Khalid, Davido, Odunsi and more, it appears we are still in for a treat. A few days ago, she announced on her live session on Instagram that she has her debut and introductory EP coming before the end of the month.

Now, after giving us our first taste of her coming debut EP with its lead single ‘Damages’ exactly a week ago, “For Broken Ears” is now out on all major DSPs.  This new EP contains a total of seven tracks without even a single feature 0n it.

These days a lot of people listen to find fault, compare and criticise. But not to actually feel and understand the message. The only explanation is that your mind, through your ears, is broken. This one is for you too. Free your mind,” she wrote on twitter just a couple days ago. 

‘Damages’ which is already generating good reviews and gaining traction on the airwaves is a Spax-produced record graced with a delightful dancehall bounce that wins you over right from the first listen. Tems croons about an old fling trying to get back to her life and she’s not even ready to have any of that. “You missed the way, inna the chance/ I live my life without you with me” she reminds him.

Released yesterday, the video directed by Ademola Falomo finds Tems delivering the record in a house where it appears herself and her girls are having a fun-filled girls-only slumber party.

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