We are going to go ahead and say this might be my favourite surprise of the year. Hagan has been someone we have been checking out over the past few months. His music straddles the line between Afro-House and House. A blend of Uk and Africa, it’s with this EP that he hits our sweet spot. Although predominately house, this Ep could slot alongside a lot of SA house, thinking of Black Motion in particular. It’s the added touches that make this special. The title track has a wavering note that is reminiscent of Ghana’s Azonto, then goes ahead and lets the drums ride out.
One of the tags of the EP is Uk Funky and whilst a lot of people want Afrohouse to be the one to take the place of the much loved genre this is an example of that being the case. Take The track the Music (the vocal sample ain’t for us) but the main rhythmic drums are similar to Crazy Cousins Inflation.
Hagan alongside another one of our faves Major Notes are bringing a UK dance flavour to Afrohouse which in our opinion is needed. Crowds here either want one or the other (Afrohouse sets or club sets), why not blend the two to create something unique.
So RI-RI has a new muse songwriter who has been getting a lot of press. That’s cool but Ester Dean, the former Riri guru released a new ep recently that is actually really good. The majority of her stuff is good, this one is something that you can’t help but think that if Riri and the machine went to bat for it, it would be a smash. Instead it’s something to be added to Ester great collection of songs. All Hail Ester the queen of the mini chorus.
Stormzy on Afropop! Stormzy on Afropop! Stormzy on Afropop! That’s about it, the song is pleasant, Starboy Willz doesn’t seem to have anything to do with Starboy Entertainment aka Wizkid’s label.The steel pans are a nice touch alongside the piano flourishes.
The hardest working man in dancehall just released the video for one of the best tunes of the year, Text Message. We’re not surprised that the man who named himself after the engaged tone has built a tune around the samsung message sound and made a banger from it. If you want to hear more phone related tunes from Busy Signal check out his Whatsapp tune too.
Super excited for Patoranking, very curious to see where this VP partnership can take him. Interesting how they’ve given him a catchphrase to use. Either way this Clarence Peters directed gem follows the typical Naija video template. The flourish in this video reminds us of Trinidad James All Females Welcome, Major Lazer’s Watch Out Fi Dis and more.