There’s so much new music being released that it’s hard for even the most loyal fans to wade through the trash to find the gems. That’s why we’ve created #BumpThis – a Friday series that features new songs, by and featuring Nigerians, that you absolutely need to hear.
Fireboy DML — “Airplane Mode”
Last year, Fireboy DML dropped his exceptional debut album, Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps, confidently announcing himself as an afropop up-and-comer to watch.
Now, he’s back with his equally impressive sophomore album, Apollo. While every song is noteworthy, it’s “Airplane Mode” — a relatable track about self-isolation — that ends up being the project’s beating heart.
Adekunle Gold — “Okay”
For his third studio album, Afropop Vol.1, Adekunle Gold reinvents himself for the better. The versatile star delivers a stunningly-produced afropop album that will surely go down as one of the year’s best.
While the LP is full of tracks with catchy hooks, clever lyrics and standout features, it’s “Okay” that steals the entire show. It’s easily the smoothest send off to haters you’ll hear all year.
Cuppy — “Cold Heart Killer” ft. Darkoo
Granted, Cuppy has released a number of solid singles in the past — the Tekno-assisted “Green Light” was a particularly memorable effort — but most of her songs typically felt aimless and gimmicky.
That’s not the case with her outstanding debut album, Original Copy, which is confident and cohesive. The Darkoo-assisted “Cold Heart Killer”, in particular, is a standout track that finds Cuppy at her very best.