It’s a new month, new season and we have new music releases. Here are some of my selections of new music releases that you should be listening to and adding on your playlists.
Hamzaa, Full Circle
22 year-old Kenyan-Zambian Hamzaa is a singer/songwriter and storyteller in her own right that was born and bred in London, England. I really immersed myself into Full Circle, which is the title of the EP because I was blown away by Hamzaa’s melodic and piercing voice and range. When you listen to this chef d’oeuvre you would not think for a second that her biggest musical inspiration is Amapiano. Full Circle is described as a sultry seven-track set and I fully agree. Listen to it here.
Una Rams, Hold When It’s Cold: A Mixtape
Following “btb” and “next2me” single releases which are part of the Hold Me When It’s Cold: A Mixtape, Sam Sonic finally gave the people what they wanted by releasing the entire mixtape and the listeners would not stop raving about it. If you would also love to listen to it and hopefully rave about it, click on this link and listen to Una as he sings out his yearns for tight hold on cold night.
Johnny Drille, Before We Fall Asleep
“This album is a piece of my heart in words and letters with all my love, to you.”
Nigerian singer/songwriter John Ighodaro, known professionally and by his fans as Johnny Drille was also on the same streak with my other artists who released their body of works on Friday the 03rd of September 2021. This particular album is a fusing of afrobeat, RnB and as well as pop all in one. Before We Fall Asleep consists of beautifully written love songs and the features range from; Don Jazzy, Ayra Starr and Chylde. Be sure to listen to Before We Fall Asleep here.
Thando Simelane, A Fair Warning
Taking inspirations and elements from multiple genres and making his own distinctive sound, Thando Simelane compiled his debut album titled, A Fair Warning that is has elements of kwaito, hip-hop, pop, and alternative which makes it ambiguous. I had the opportunity to listen to some of the unreleased songs from the body of work the night before it was released and watch Thando perform them and I must say, this one of my favorite kwaito-alternative albums and the fact that it produced by North the Jap is the cherry on top. If you have not listened to it, what are you waiting for? Click here.
Aymos, Yim’ lo
Moving onto a genre that is loved by many, Aymos released an Amapiano album which happens to be his debut album titled Yim’ lo. I found myself head bopping with a stank face and randomly sticking my tongue when I was listen to the first song from the album in which he features Focalistic because if this is the opening song then I definitely will be up on my feet by the time we get to the last song. Aymos vocals carries all the songs will being perfectly balanced by beats and instrumentals from a handful of Dj’s including, Major League Djz, Josiah De Disciple and Kabza De Small. This is the album that will usher us into December. Listen to it right now.
Little Simz, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
The only hip-hop/rap album on the list, Little Simz blessed us with a perfectly curated body of work that has a total of nineteen (19) and surprisingly only two features on “Woman” with Cleo Sol and “Point to Kill” featuring Nigerian musical artists, Obungjayar. “Woman” was the first song I listened to from the album and I was pleased to find out that it was made to uplift and celebrate women. “Sometimes I’ll be in my own space, my own company, and that’s when I’m really content” Little Simz said, now with that said Listen to Sometimes I Might Be Introvert.
Tems, Crazy Tings
Unlike the artists above, Tems new music release is not an entire body of work but rather a single titled, “Crazy Tings” which is her seventh single following 6 previous singles including “These Days”, “Try Me” and “Mr. Rebel” and of course For Broken Ears EP. “Crazy tings are happening, crazy tings are happening, if you need somebody’s craze” she singles on the chorus on this upbeat soothing Afrobeat banger. Listen to it here.