L.A.X – No Bad Vibes (Full Album)
L.A.X’s career has always been super-charged. From being introduced to mainstream audiences with a lively Wizkid collab to receiving public acceptance for his Fuji-inflected sound, the singer born Damilola Afolabi has always found ways to interpret the heart of Afropop for aural bangers that live long in collective memory. 2018’s Rasaking was a sprawling ode to being young, finding love, and attempting to live vicariously in the public’s eye. On its 2020 follow-up, ZaZa Vibes, the singer displayed a heightened mastery of his emotions, delivering buttery mid-tempos in service of romantic bliss and general satisfaction with life. More importantly, ZaZa Vibes helped confirm L.A.X’s status as one of the most cogent Afropop acts, and that knowledge, as well as a new-found self-assurance in his skills, helps bring forth his 2023 album, No Bad Vibes.
Originally made concurrently with ZaZa Vibes, this album follows its predecessor’s sonic template but stands apart for its radical commitment to joy, eschewing songs about romantic trauma or life’s problems for a downright thesis on happiness. “It’s just an album that will keep you going,” L.A.X tells Apple Music. “From track one to the last song, it’s about being joyful. This album is supposed to change your mood if you are sad and if you’re happy, it’s supposed to make you happier. I just want the project to touch lives and I just want to put out music that I love—and that I’m a fan of.” It’s clear to see why he’d be a fan of this set of songs: “Easy On Me” is a pithy plea for romantic bliss while the Konshens-featuring “Change Your Life” is an airy blend of afropop and dancehall.
Listen to ‘No Bad Vibes’ by L.A.X. below.