D’Watchlist

SUMMER RIDDIM – Tylerriddim

If you’re looking for the Summer ’18 playlist that wasn’t on the Summer ’18 playlist, this is it. This debut album from Tylerriddim isn’t called SUMMER RIDDIM for nothing.

Oladimeji Taiwo Tyler, Tylerriddim has been writing music since he was 14 and an early exposure to various genres at an early have him build his genre-defying style of music. 2015 saw his first attempt at professionally recording music with his brother and friends 3rty, Jharmin, Kenny Blaq, Fly Luchi, Shabba etc; they recorded and released 11 songs over the course of 11 weeks and this birthed the record label Mokanla 11 that he started with his brother. In 2016, Tylerriddim was featured on Adam’s Apple off Dusten’s Truce’s EP EdenHe’s also been featured on Esskay’s Nine Lives and Afro-Grime joint Don’t Touch My Sh*t with Zilla Oaks which dropped in June.

SUMMER RIDDIM is Tylerriddim’s first solo project and his second release of 2018; CELEBRATE (featuring Afro-Soul artist 3rty) being the first. The album is ‘a compilation of cool summer vibrations’ and features upcoming New School contenders Darkman and Swizay. This project also offers first-class production from DJ Xtreme, 3rty, Cross, Jagunmolu Beats and Izzy Blaq and surely. Tylerriddim is off to a great start.

 

Adomaa Vs. Adomaa – Adomaa

This writer discovered Adomaa last night exploring SoundCloud and well, Wow.

Joy Onyinyechukwu Adomaa Serwaa Adjeman is a Nigerian-Ghanaian Afro Jazz/Soul singer that makes absolutely beautiful music. Adomaa is the first of five children and she was born in Kaduna, moving to Ghana in 2004, where she’s been since.

Adomaa caught Ghana’s attention in 2015 when her YouTube video Evolution of GH Music went viral on social media. The video is a short history lesson on the movement of Ghanaian sampling hits from the likes of Osibisa, Rex Omar, ET Mensah and Reggie Rockstone. Adomaa’s unique spin on the evolution of Ghanaian music turned her into an overnight sensation. The same year she released another cover/mashup of Stonebwoy’s Baafira and Sarkodie’s Adonai and this time, Stonebwoy had to pay attention to Adomaa. The following year, the singer dropped her debut EP Afraba and everyone realized there is way more to this artist than covers and mashups. In 2017, Adomaa surprised her fans with her rap skills with her song April Fool, poured out her frustrations about people treating her like a robot on When It Swings (off her compilation of journal entries Letters To Joy) and then found sweet, sweet love with BRA

The singer is continuing her streak with the release of the project Adomaa vs. Adomaa, a project that features two 7-track EPs released on the 8th and 20th respectively. The first half of the EP called Adomaa vs Adomaa (Taiye) sees the singer explore the mainstream Dancehall, Highlife and Afrobeats sounds of Ghana and this side features additional vocals from Stonebwoy, Ko-Jo Cue, and Reynolds TheGentleman who also produced all the songs on this side except the lead single Identity which was produced by Juls. Part two of this project is called Adomaa and this sees the singer chart more familiar Jazz, Soul and R&B waters with features from Wanlov The Kubolor and Worlaxi. The singer also revives her rapping alter-ego on two of the songs on this side.

Adomaa is a gem The PGM Club is happy to have found.

 

Mainland Cruise – Jamal Swiss & KJ Sunmon

We’ve all heard Mainland Cruise, but have you heard Mainland Cruise?

If you’re wondering, I’m talking about Jamal Swiss’ latest that dropped on Friday and there was a whole experience to go with it.

Jamal Swiss is a very talented singer/rapper I heard for the first time at the last GidiFest and to say I was impressed is putting it lightly; I was genuinely amazed at how well he held his performance of No Stress, produced by the equally talented Jay Blakez; his first single this year, and the track sounds just as good through headphones and so I ended up listening to everything he’s done including his 2017 EP Based On True Events. 

This new track with KJ Sunmon (also produced by KJ) came with a treat for three lucky fans; Jamal and KJ treated these chosen ones to some good food; a PR move they called #RepYourHood. Unlike Sute Iwar, Jamal and KJ are mainland dudes and this new track has fun bars from both Jamal and KJ repping their hoods and letting them Island babes know how the ting go.

Listen to Mainland Cruise here.

Rolling – Tide

OddBants artist, Olatide Wright aka Tide has come back with his sincere voice to give us Rolling. The song is Tide’s second release after dropping Feel The Wave earlier this year.

His first feature project Regardless with Jaga put him on our list of people to definitely watch out for. Tide’s voice is hard to ignore; very Aloe Blacc vibes and he brings a sincerity to his art that isn’t always seen this side of the world and so the bar just seems to be going higher with each track this artist puts out; with the unwavering support of his label OddBants Entertainment.

Rolling is a track produced/mixed and mastered by RexOfTheWest and this is Tide’s way of letting you know he’s here, he’s moving mad and you either ride the wave or get swept away. The production of this song is amazing to say the least, and Tide’s naysayers must be very shocked to see this amazing vocalist doing so well considering he’s really only been in the light for a year.

Tide makes good music and we think you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t listen to him.

 

On My Mind – Oma Mahmud

After pouring his heart out with Broken Promises earlier this year, Oma Mahmud is ready to love up again.

The artist released his second single of the year on Friday and the record is called On My Mind. The song, produced by Kabizzy samples The Remedies’ hit song Je Kama Fe Rawa and it is a nice reminder of the embodiment of talent that is Oma Mahmud. On My Mind is a nice track that fits easily into any party playlist and is another beautiful addition to the Summer ’18 Boo’d Up playlist and you should listen it.

Efe Jazz – Craze

Friday, August 31st was definitely a great day for music and New School music heads weren’t left out as Efe Jazz debuted his single “Craze” featuring Odunsi the Engine and Tayo. 

You – Hamzaa

You is R&B/Soul artist Hamzaa’s second solo single and it is a follow-up to her debut single Stranded Love which dropped in June this year. We first heard this 19-year-old Londoner when she featured on Odunsi’s Mine earlier this year and we had to listen.

You is a self-written song by Hamzaa, produced by Jacob Attwooll. The song is a completely acoustic (and this writer is a sucker for a good acoustic); an ode to lost love. With Hamzaa’s beautiful husky vocals accompanied by melodies from the piano and guitar, You is sad in a way that soothes you. The video sees the artist through snippets of her creative process in writing and recording the song with flashbacks of the relationship she couldn’t save and the sadness that comes after such a loss.

With Stranded Love getting over 350k streams across Spotify and Apple Music, and airplay on BBC1 Xtra and Julie Adenuga’s Beats 1 show, and with such an amazing follow-up, we really are excited to see what more Hamzaa has for the world.

Versus – Tomi Owó

Tomi Owolabi; Tomi Owó is a singer/songwriter whose journey began in 2016 with her one-song-a-month project; Pieces. The project was released in 2016 and since the singer has continued to mesmerize with her beautiful voice. The singer has been vocally compared to Jhene Aiko and Sade, though she has described her music as containing bits and pieces of Pop, Soul and afro-inspired sounds all coming together to create a genre she has termed ‘Alternative Soul’.

We discovered Tomi Owó when we came across her acoustic cover of Angelique Kidjo’s Agolo (a part of a series of covers she released on SoundCloud and Youtube called Nostalgia Sessions) and we were completely floored by her how beautifully she owned the song.

Versus is a love song that is part of her project Pieces and it is produced by her brother IBK Owolabi and Odunsi The Engine. The song is two years old and the singer finally released the visuals four days ago. It is her first original music video and it was directed by Seun Owolabi who is also her brother. The video uses light and silhouettes to convey the vulnerability and strength experienced in love and we don’t think there could be a better interpretation of this amazing song.

Wildlife – Bryan The Mensah

Bryan The Mensah is a Ghanian Contemporary and Alternative artist, designer, and producer, and Wildlife is his second official EP.

Bryan Mensah; Bryan The Mensah grew up in Accra; the last of three children in a family of doctors, but this young maestro decided to delve into music in 2014. Along with three other artists, he formed a collective called TH’FRVNCHMVN (The Frenchmen) and together they released a debut album called 2.0, produced by Nel Magnum. Apart from being a versatile artist/producer, Bryan Mensah owns and heads the design and tech company Plegishes. Bryan The Mensah has two prior projects: Just So I Could Shock Everybody (an EP he released in 2015 under the alias Denny.Mâdéit.), his first official EP Friends With The Sun (2017). He also has an exclusive EP called Freesound.

Wildlife is a ten-track EP which features Ghanian acts E.L, Efya, B4Bonah, N.O, Kojo Cue and Nigeria’s Eri Ife. It is an exclusively self-produced project (except for Groove which is produced by Epidemix) and it just proves how serious this artist takes his craft and how deserving he is of his Ghana Music Awards, South Africa nomination for the Promising Artist of The Year as his versatility as a producer is obvious even to the deaf.

Wildlife was released on August 18 and is available on all streaming platforms.

 

Fidelia – Victor Collins

The PGM Club enjoys discovering new music, especially projects that are well put together.

This body of work from Victor Collins – released March 2018 – found us on Wednesday last week and it’s been on replay ever since. Fidelia is a six-track EP: Spotlight, Diamond, Shakara, Do Me Like This, Hot For You and Happy Ending.

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