Review of Brymo’s Latest Album – Klitoris

The first thing that drew me to this track was the title. How very daring! I guess that was something to attract you and I and it worked. I hear Klitoris is a Greek word or something like that. The cover art is also very ‘one-kind’. Hmm Brymo!! For those whose minds are in the gutter, there is almost nothing sexual about this album. It is actually very conscious, and I am not sure I heard any cuss words. It took me a while to actually find time to listen to it. But after the twitter wahala where he described the album as the ‘album of the year’, for many years to come’, I knew it was a must-listen.

It is an 11-track album and has only one feature. This album has me like ‘Who writes Brymo’s songs?’ Really nice well thought out lyrics all through the album and for that I must say ‘KUDOS’!

Track 1: Naked ft. Esse
This track starts out like a Nollywood soundtrack for the first few seconds. I nearly skipped it to the next track and then Brymo’s amazing and soulful vocals captured me and kept me listening till the end. The first line keeps you very interested in what else the song has to say. Very smooth track that makes you want to listen to rest of the album. The song also features “Esse” whose voice I couldn’t really make out; but I guess it’s probably hidden somewhere in the chorus.

Track 2: Dem Dey Go
The song reminds me of his Duro song (which I love like crazy). Another song which carries a story and a very strong message. I think the best part of this song is the very beautiful production. It is a very quiet song, rich and I can say that I hear this song in my heart. Lovely song.

Track 3: Happy Memories
This song truly gives me happy memories. Sweet, soulful love song puts me in a romantic mood and instinctively makes me want to share a hug. Great song to listen when you’re alone with bae. I love it!

Track 4: Ko S’aya mi
Very similar to Happy Memories, but has a folk twist to it. Also a love song, I love the use of Yoruba on this track. I am not particularly excited about the hook of this song because it kind of gets boring. Apart from that, I think it is a beautiful track as well.

Track 5: Alajo Somolu
By far my absolute favourite track on this album! I love afro beat!! This is the one track that made me anticipate the album. I think Brymo killed it. ‘Alajo Somolu’ is something my mum used to make reference too every time she spoke about a smart person so the song for me is highly relatable.
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Track 6: Something Good is happening

Sounds very much like Asa’s ‘Bimpe’. I love love love the lyrics of this song, very creatively written and I love the production too (I especially love the drums). It’s a wonderful song of hope and I like the way it ends.

Track 7: Billion Naira Dream
While I think this song is brilliantly written, the sound doesn’t really speak to me. I feel like it gets a bit drab. I think more could have been done with it to make it come out fuller and richer. Maybe like what Darey did with the Soweto choir on the ‘Pray for me’ song. However, Brymo kills it with his vocals as always and makes it bearable.

Track 8: Let’s Make Love
Very similar to Track 7 but acoustic for the most part. Great vocals and interesting lyrics and nice piano work. Vocals also on point. I expected a high point where there’ll be some sort of modulation or something; well, I didn’t get it and that was rather disappointing. But then, this is a nice track for night time.

Track 9: Mirage
Also very similar to track 7 and 8, it didn’t really do too much for me. I like the intro though.

Track 10: The Way the Cookie Crumbles
Just when I’m about to sleep off after track 9, track 10 gives me something different. *THANK GOODNESS*. The reggaeton twist is really refreshing and I love love love this song!

Track 11: The Girl from Newyork
The album ends with this really nice track. For a song that has actual words, I think the intro is too long. But the song is fantastic and I like it.

This is a really nice album I must say! Is it the ‘album of the year’? I wouldn’t say so.. But is it worth buying, keeping and repeating? Of course it is! Well done Brymo! Have I mentioned at any point what his voice does to me?

Naija & Alternative Music Reviews: Ed Izycs’ EP – ‘Songs of Izycs’

So I have been postponing this for a while. I’m so excited that I finally get to review an EP that I would like to describe as ‘one of a kind’. Sometime in December 2015, I got invited to the launch of an Extended Play by an artiste who was relatively new at the time called ‘Ed Izycs’. For those who don’t know,  know, Ed Izycs is a Nigerian jazz artiste and multi-instrumentalist currently signed to Cadilly Entertainment.

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My initial reaction to this was two-fold. First, I’d stumbled on one of his songs and also a live performance at Bogobiri and I’d been swept away by his art. On the other hand, I wasn’t quite sure what the reception of his type of music would be like. In any case, I really just wanted to have an evening out enjoying good jazz and also finding out what this man had for us. I grabbed myself a copy of the EP at the event.

Enough about the EP launch and straight to the EP itself. The EP consists 8 fully instrumental (no words at all) songs. Though predominantly jazz, some of the tracks can be said to be a fusion of jazz and other genres such as soul and folk. The EP features only one artiste ‘Tonie the Emperor’.

Track 1: Celebration
No skit, no 10 seconds intro song.. Ed jumps right into it by giving us the first track called ‘Celebration’. Aptly titled! This song reeks of ‘joy and celebration’. Even though it’s not exactly fast tempo, I can’t help but smile while listening to this song. It has a way of creeping up into you mind and bringing up great memories. A lot of piano and flute work went into this and I would say the result is fireworks in my mind!

Track 2: Nostalgia ft. Tonie the Emperor
This happens to be my favourite track on this EP. If it were left to me, I would probably title the song ‘sunset’ because it has this folk-ish sound that may remind one of ‘tales by moonlight’. There’s something very resounding about the sound of the drums. The second verse of the song had whole guitar thing going on and it was really beautiful too. I also really love the chorus. I absolutely love this song!

Track 3: Jamboree
You see, this song doesn’t even start out like a ‘jamboree’. But then a sudden spin jumps at you where the tempo gets real fast and danceable. Sound like there should’ve been a rapper on it dropping a few bars. I would definitely turn up to this sound! Love it!

Track 4: Ojuelegba (Jazz Cover)
A jazz version of the popular ‘Ojuelegba’ by Wizkid. I like it… I mean I don’t think it’s special. But I think it was a good attempt at recreating the song. It’s a song that a band would jam half way through a concert for you to refresh for the second half. I would play this on a rainy day while clutching a cup of tea.

Track 5: Bloody Rose
A song that obviously tells a deep story. Gentle and quiet at the beginning (where you only hear the keyboard), it progresses step by step (in a way that keeps one expecting) and gets more and more intense with the introduction of more instruments. It is really soulful and can leave one in deep thought. It really sounds like a sad song and I feel like a lot went into the production. A pretty awesome track!

Track 6: Light
Yanni! Yanni!! Yanni!!! I definitely do not hear this song in my ears but in my heart just like most Yanni tracks. Though very complex with improvisations flying around everywhere, this is still a relaxing, pleasing and beautiful song!

Track 7: Woju Cover
He had to cover the big songs of 2015. Lol.. I really love Ed Izycs’ take on Kiss Daniel’s Woju. He worked pop and jazz together wonderfully here with a little soukous. I prefer this to his take on Ojuelegba. Very brilliant!

Track 8: Awesomeness
I believe the idea behind this was turn up!!! Because this is definitely a great track to dance to. Fast tempo and very soukous-ish too. It’s a great way to wrap up the EP!

All in all, Ed Izycs has an absolutely amazing mastery of his art and the strategic use of his knowledge of various instruments totally works for him. There are very few albums around which don’t make me feel like skipping at least one or two tracks and this is one of them. (He also threw in a CD into the package that contains videos to 3 of the songs just in case we wanted to know the stories the songs were telling). I would rate ‘Songz of Izycs’ EP an A1, and I cannot wait for the full album to be released.

P.S. Listen to my favourite track (Nostalgia ft. Tonie the Emperor) on the EP

Alternative Singer ‘Isaac Geralds’ signs record deal with Athena Records.

Hey guys,

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Project Fame Alumnus, performer, singer and songwriter has signed a record deal with Athena Records on Saturday the 15th of October, 2016.

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The fast rising ‘RnB’ singer has remained unstoppable since he gave us songs like ‘Fall-In-Love’, Ijebu Girl, ‘Just In Case ft. Tiwa Savage’ and ‘Cross Your Mind’. You will also recall the massive success that was his concert ‘Isaac Geralds Experience 2’ which literally sold out the Hard Rock Cafe Lagos on Thursday the 11th of August, and where he brought his fresh edge to live music.

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Naija and Alternative Music is just glad to see that Nigerian entertainment is paying more attention to alternative music and is supporting amazing talents like Isaac.

Congratulations Isaac Geralds! We can’t wait to see what you do next. We will definitely be following up on that!

 

The perfect combination of Spoken word and music: O to’jo meta by Tonie the Emperor and pHisayo

Hey guys,

I have come with my everyday apologies again. I’m sorry, things just keep on happening..

Anyway today I am bring you a really really fresh one. Dropped on the radio for the very first time today! And it’s really different. It’s an amazing spoken word piece with a soulfully rich hook by Tonie the Emperor and Narrator pHisayo. It’s a great story with a beautiful plot twist that I haven’t been able to get over since I heard it.

Don’t believe me? Watch below!

You like abi?

Leave a comment below!

Tootles,

Yemisi

 

Why we love Johnny Drille!!

Hey guys,

So I make bold to say to you that if you haven’t heard of Johnny Drille or you haven’t listened to his songs, you have officially ‘carried last’!

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This man’s talent is unbelievable and I’m not sure where he’s been hiding all this time. With an incredibly soulful voice, Johnny Drille fuses soul, soft rock, folk, country perfectly in his songs and his instrumentation is just fantastic! (I hear he produces his songs himself too- WOW!!!). He’s released somewhere around 4 singles of his own since leaving the Project Fame Academy and from this end, we say he’s doing pretty well!

Dear Johnny, I personally cant wait for ‘Dear Future Wife’ to be available for download and even for sale. I WILL BUY!!! I love it!!

Any doubts? Listen to his single ‘Love Don’t lie’ below:

I know you love it too!

Thanks for stopping by guys! Please leave a comment or two.

Love, Yemisi!

Three Places to celebrate International Jazz Day in Lagos this year!

Hey guys,

How are you all doing?

So it’s International Jazz Day in a couple of days and Nigeria is not even about to carry last on this. Who’s excited?

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If you didn’t know, 30th of April is International Jazz day. The day was officially designated as such by UNESCO in November, 2011. International Jazz Day is the end of Jazz Appreciation Month, April.

Enough said, Lagos is celebrating too and will be swarming with legendary Jazz artistes from all over the world. So if you want to catch up on great jazz music this Jazz Appreciation Month, I will suggest these three events:

1.The Satchmo Jazz and Culture Festival: So this festival is supposed to start on the 27th of April.

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The 27th and 28th will be International Jazz Day Pre-Countdown events; the first on April 27th at Oriental Hotel, and another on the April 28th at The Blowfish where attendees will enjoy live music and floetry. The main International Jazz Day Countdown Event will follow the next day on April 29th at Oriental Hotel; leading to the UNESCO International Jazz Day Concert on 30th April 2016. Have you seen the line up? From Organic Jam, to Carlo Rossi, our very own Imole Balogun and Femi Leye.. This already promises to be a lot of fun!

2.Runway Jazz: From Friday the 29th of April, Eko Hotel will be hosting Runway Jazz.

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Kirk Whalum will be live in Lagos for this! Omawumi, Yinka Davies and even the Former Governor of Cross-River State, Donald Duke will also be there with his band! Can you believe that?

3.Lagos International Jazz Festival: This is probably where you can find me celebrating the International Jazz Day!

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Freedom Park will be hosting various jazz starts from all over Africa and beyond from the 28th through the 30th of April.

It’s the weekend ladies and gents! So you have no excuse.. Where are you gonna be?

Know any other events worth adding? Let us know in the comments!

Tootles,

‘Yemisi!

 

 

 

Track: ‘Mexico’ by Deron

Hey guys,

So when I first this track.. I heard a fusion of afro sounds and house music. However, the artiste ‘Deron’ describes this song as ‘Urban Alternative’.

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I really love the intro of the song and I think it’s a great track.. He also has a viral video for the song on youtube!

Enjoy!

You like?

Drop a comment or two!

Love, Yemisi!

 

Video: Bemyoda’s Always

Hey you guys,

So I disappeared on you again! I’m sorry!

You probably know amazing Indie Soul artiste Bemyoda. His 5 track EP titled ‘Sketch: The Reprise’ was released sometime in 2013 and is a really beautiful blend of folk/soul/jazz.

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So he recently released the video to the fourth track called ‘Always’. I love love love love love love love this video. I think a lot of creativity went into this and I’m really impressed. Watch below:

You like? I definitely do!

A review of this EP is definitely coming up! Watch out for that guys!
Love,

Yemisi

It’s been a while! (we’re now on BellaNaija)

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Ay! Ay! I missed you guys!

How are you all? I’m sorry I haven’t been here as much as I used to be. A lot has been going on! Some of you may already know but *drum roll* We now post on Bellanaija!! Yaay!! Two posts have already gone up there ( and no.. thats not why we’ve stopped posting here), and that’s very exciting for us. You can check those posts out here and here. We hope to be able to get more and more posts out there and on other websites too.

Also expect many more posts to be dropping here as well.. No! We haven’t stopped. As a matter of fact, we have some backlog so expect to hear all the songs!

2016 promises to be a great year as we are toying with loads of ideas already. Thanks for standing by us through it all!!

Best,

Yemisi!

 

#OldSchoolFriday: Sir Shina Peters Afro Juju

Hey guys,

Been a minute… I’m sorry (again) I couldn’t bring you the #OldSchoolFriday song of last week. It just so happened.. Apologies again!

So guys.. This week Sir Shina Peters gets the #OldSchoolFriday jam of the week..

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January edition of Afropolitan Vibes held like a couple of Fridays ago and Sir Shina Peters headlined the show! This show brought back memories of my 90s childhood when no birthday party was ever complete without Afro Juju on the playlist.. Y’all will agree with me that this song is a JAAAAAM!! So as you begin to prepare to turn up tonight, start of by shaking your body to AFRO JUJU

Have a great weekend y’all!

TGIF..

Love, Yemisi!