Another Friday means it’s time to take a break from capitalism, kick back and have a good time. Because the universal algorithm is also in our favour, Friday is also the day we tend to get new music. So with all the new songs that have popped up today, which one deserves your attention?
Tell Everybody (feat. Tay Iwar) — Omah Lay
It’s almost impossible to look back at the 2020 lockdown and not talk about Omah Lay. While we’ve all moved on from lockdown phenomena like Houseparty and once-exciting stuff like Clubhouse, Omah Lay’s music is one thing we’ve not been able to shake. From burst eyeglasses on Bad Influence to giving out necklaces on Understand, Omah Lay has been consistent with the hits.
With the release (finally!) of his debut album, Boy Alone, we get a 14-tracked deep dive into the mind of the Port Harcourt native, and of all the tracks, Tell Everybody with Tay Iwar happens to be a fave, right off the bat.
Bandana (feat. Asake) — Fireboy DML
If there’s one thing Asake will give us, it’s an anthem. Continuing his track record of serving hit after hit, Asake hops on Bandana, Fireboy DML’s latest single, where he reminds us that he’s been around for a while, even though it took 2019’s Jealous for many of us to notice him.
Bandana follows a line of successful Fireboy DML singles like Peru and Playboy, as the YBNL artist gears up to relelase his third album in August.
5 Star — Adekunle Gold
Seven years ago, a song like 5 Star would’ve been off-brand for someone like Adekunle Gold. After all, he was still asking God for Range Rover funds. But after becoming one of the biggest Afrobeat acts and fashion icons, Adekunle Gold (or AG Baby, post-rebrand) is not afraid to say or own his shit. He does so with finesse on 5 Star, where he announces that his level has changed, and it’s up to us to catch up with him… only if we can sha.
No Frontin — D. Matthews
No Frontin is the first single of the year for New Zealand-based Nigerian singer, D. Matthews. Serving summer (rainy season, if we’re being honest) realness while sampling the iconic Raise Da Roof by Jazzman Olofin and Adewale Ayuba, No Frontin is a song about trying to know if you and the person you’re into are on the same page.
Even though cuffing season ended months ago, something about this song makes us want to give our mumu button to the next person that says hi.
Hard to Find (feat. Flavour) — Chike
No Igbo wedding is complete without songs like Ada Ada, Golibe, Roju or Running. Now imagine how much power a collaboration between the artists responsible for these wedding party starters would have. Chike and Flavour exceed our expectations on Hard to Find, the song they made with a plan to lowkey take over the world one wedding at a time.
Sung partly in Igbo, Hard to Find is the type of song that just puts you in a good mood for sweet loving, nice drinks and premium enjoyment. Highly recommend.