I’ve been slacking with my usual throwback reviews or new music reviews. Content will be back to normal very soon. In the meantime, I have a few songs on repeat on my Spotify atm and think you guys should check them out.
1. Professor Green Ft Rag’n’Bone Man – Photographs
I am a fan of Pro Green & love his deeper songs. Similarly to “Never be a right time”, this is another personal and relatable song with a beautiful message. I read somewhere that he said the track is “all about wishing for the photos we can no longer take”. The song is also a tribute to his dad who sadly commuted suicide. The lyrics are so touching and Pro Green is ultimately saying that photographs help when thinking of those we have lost, as he states “Just a memory of you is not enough”. The collaboration from Rag’n’Bone Man is perfect as the song has a great balance. One of the most memorable lines for me is when Pro Green raps “We all thought that the moments would last but the moments don’t last, the moments pass & the only thing that lasts is the photograph”. Hopefully this song inspires people to take more photos of and with their loved ones!
2. Ariana Grande – thank u, next
This song has gained so much attention for obvious reasons. I am beginning to really enjoy Ariana Grande songs. It may be due to the fact I feel she is maturing alot more in her song content and even her voice. The vocal ability in this song is overlooked. The great thing about this song is that it had the potential to become a very bitter song with a bad message but she has turned it in such a positive way. The message being sometimes in life we go through highs and lows, we fall in love and get hurt. The main thing to remember is each lesson you learn from each experience. Song content aside, the music production and Ariana’s angelic voice are amazing in this track. Only bad thing is that it’s so catchy that you will be saying “next” after every “thank you” now! Haha!
3. Mr Eazi – Yard & Chill
Mr Eazi has just released a new mixtaoe entitled “Lagos to London”. The EP contains a collection of great songs but this is one of the ones I’ve been playing since the release. The song is produced by one of my favourite producers Jae5. It’s a feel good song with incredible music production that would make you think you are listening to a live rendition in your earphones. “Give me love baby, don’t be wicked”, you will be screaming this line in a Nigerian accent after hearing this song. The song reminds me of an African themed Orchestra or Highlife music. I recommend you play this song on the loudest volume to appreciate the sound at its best!
It’s Monday again! & the weather in London is miserable so I’ve made a list of 5 songs, new and old to listen to and set you up for the week. Have a listen below;
1. Quavo – Swing Ft. Normani & Davido
It’s nice to hear Quavo on a different kind of beat & the features from Normani & Davido fit so well. The soothing voice from Normani provides the song with a feminine touch. The vocals and broken English from Nigerian artist Davido provide the song with an afrobeats vibe. Definitely a song you’ll be doing a little shimmy to.
2. WSTRN – Round Here Ft. Skrapz.
I will provide an album review of the new Wstrn album shortly but for now this song is a good pick to start your week! The mix of Louis Rei spitting his usual talented bars, the sensual voice of Haile & the ‘rough’ sound of UK rapper Skrapz is a great match. Definitely a song I’ll be playing all week.
3. Shakka – Long Ting (Produced by Jae5)
OK, I’ve mentioned before Shakka is one of my favourite UK artists & Jae5 is also one of my favourite producers. Together they have already made the 2018 hit “Man Down”. Shakka has a regular event called “Tribe Tuesdays” where he collaborates with someone or himself to create a song within the hour. A few weeks ago he did with Jae5 & this is the song they created. I wish it was longer but hopefully these two work again in the future.
4. Octavian – 54321 Ft. Swift.
British rapper Octavian brought out a really cool tape earlier this year called ‘Spaceman‘ & this is one of the stand out tracks. His unique singing style is a nice song to have in the background when chilling or relaxing. Have a listen below.
5. Ella Mai – Whatchamacallit Ft. Chris Brown
Ella Mai album review coming shortly but in the meantime, have a listen to this beauty. R&B royalty Chris Brown features in a song with R&B newbie Ella and the song is great! It will definitely have you singing “it’s a Whatchamacallit” all day. Both Ella and Chris suit this song and I hope this is the beginning of more joint music from them.
There are actually so many songs that I never get tired of but I will name a few;
1. J Hus – Did You See (2017)
Whether it’s J Hus’ voice or JAE5’S gift of producing the best beats, this song can never get old in my opinion. It’s the sort of song that should also always be played out loud to feel the beauty of the production. This was possibly one of the best songs released last year and as of now, I am still not tired of it.
2. Chris Brown – Little Bit (2015)
You can probably tell that beats are very important for me in songs and this song is the prime example of an excellent song production wise. I have been playing this song regularly ever since the album was released.
3. Notorious B.I.G – Juicy (1994)
This song is a classic! One of Biggie’s biggest hits and still today gets played as if it were released recently. The song provides a sense of nostalgia that can never be matched!
4. Usher – Confessions (ALBUM) (2004)
If I was stuck on an island and was only given the choice to listen to one album for the rest of my time there, it would be this one. Every single song on this album can be played daily depending on what mood you are in. The album can never be overplayed and I can never get tired of it.
OK so Friday was a big day for new releases this week, mostly because a lot of songs and projects were released even earlier.
J Hus – Big Spang
It’s been over a year since UK rapper J Hus has release a project. J Hus is possibly one of the best and most versatile artists the UK has at the moment and his catchy, songs have been missed. This EP consisting of 3 songs provides us with a little taster of what to expect for his future album. ‘Dark Vader‘, a catchy song and in terms of commercial popularity, it could be as big as “Lean and Bop” with its catchy melody and unique punchlines. My favourite line has to be “Auntie put rice in a container”. & the way he mentions “G-g-g-g-Unit”. Definitely my favourite off the EP. “Scene“, a more rough and hyped song. One of those songs that reminds me of old school J Hus. Pure rap! Straight to the point rap. Nothing more needs to be said. “Dancing Man” is a song with great vibes & the production on this song is out of this world. Again, J Hus provides us with lyrics we will be singing forever…”I take a risk and I take chance”.
Obviously J Hus delivered as usual but the unsung hero has definitely got to be producer JAE5. He is consistently providing us with solid pieces of music and he does not seem to be stopping. Overall, a very catchy EP. Have a listen below.