#BumpThis: Tems’ “Try Me”

August 8, 2019

There’s so much music out there that it’s hard for even the most loyal fans to stay up with their favourite artists or what’s new and hot right now. That’s why we’ve created #BumpThis – a daily series that features the one song you need to listen to, every day. Don’t say we never did anything for you.

Nigeria’s emerging alte r&b/pop scene has many gems. Tems is one of the best at making music as an experience, whether it’s disgust at an unfaithful lover on “Looku Looku” or the fervour of infatuation on “Mr Rebel”.

After the singer’s brief silence, Tems’ new release, “Try Me” shows off her vocal range and why her brand of fusion brims with potential. Tems’ voice often carries undertones of pain, most notably on “Shadow Of Doubt”, her collab with Show Dem Camp. On “Try Me”, an upbeat song about ill intentions, it makes her sound confident. It’s fitting for the production, a lively beat influenced by 2000s pop.

“Try Me” lets Tems flex her chords in a manner that is as easy on the ears as it’s defiant. She’s sure of herself even if as she sings, those who should complement her have worse plans, “Why you want to stop me? Try to challenge me?“, Tems sings, helped on by a cheeky marijuana reference. She’s a voice that you’ll hear a lot more of in years to come.

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