Bils (Built In Lagos State) always goes all in. Three years after the release of his aspirational seven-track EP Mans on the Move, the US-based Afropop act returns with the slightly pensive but always probing BAD GUYS NEED LOVE TOO, measuring the currency of love and the fickleness of attraction in cahoots with some of Afropop’s most storied acts across six tracks.
Decidedly turning the love mania of Afropop on its head, the singer opens the EP with “Breakfast Anthem”, a sulky, choral breakup anthem that introspects on the inevitability of romantic heartbreak. In other places, Bils flips the narrative, rendering himself the pantomime villain, responsible for whatever angst exists in his relationships on club-ready dance tracks like the Ice Prince- and Big Klef-featuring “Reconsider” and “2 Chicks”, which teases his rebound fantasies.
On the back half of BAD GUYS NEED LOVE TOO, Bils moves into confessional territory, emoting over the bleak hi-hats and muted snares of “Undiluted Love” with DMW’s Liya before rounding things off with a pair of incendiary verses on “Chrome Heart”. It’s a high-octane closer that ensures catharsis after a project spent building up defenses and letting them down in pursuit of love.
Listen/Download ‘Bad Guys Need Love Too’ below.