10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week’ is a 10 track-listing playlist highlighting the best of songs released over the past few days from Africa and the Carribeans (Jamaica). Follow and like our playlists on Audiomack , Spotify & Apple Music for weekly updates.
Oxlade – Ojuju
When Oxlade released his debut EP Oxygene, it was a manifestation of what music meant to him: the oxygen that he breathes. The EP came after the singer promenaded into the limelight, delivering a mellifluous hook on Blaqbonez‘s Mamiwota, joining forces with Fireboy DML on Sing. He has since solidified his reputation as a virtuoso of hooks.
It didn’t take long before he stowed for himself a ship of soldiers with unswerving loyalty, soldiers who would go to any length for Oxlade, adopting a name for themselves: Oxygenes. Now, Oxlade is ascending to a new sphere, where he has been meticulously honing his sound, preparing a scrumptious package for his fans.
Oxlade’s distinct feature lies in his adroitness in harmonizing, seasoned with his powerful falsetto. He has worked extensively with Spax, establishing a relationship with the production maestro, which has seen the duo generate hit singles like Shugar, Away, DKT.
For his sophomore EP, titled Eclipse, Oxlade went off the radar, traveling far and wide to acquire new experiences, collaborating with a few prominent names, and seeing the world through different lenses.
In his new-fangled pursuit, the Surulere-bred act enlists the help of ace producer, DJ Coublon. As an artist that is in touch with his inner self, Oxlade is constantly seeking to express himself through heartfelt melodies. He doesn’t hesitate to reveal his vulnerability sometimes, the vulnerability that seeps into his music and is often palpable to listeners.
On the project, he worked exclusively with Coublon, stating that the producer was the only one who could help express how he felt at that point in time. He has been on a journey to further discover himself, not only as an artist but as a human being with a capacity for greatness. And greatness, as we know it, cannot be rushed.
Wurld ft. Major League DJz & LuuDadeejay – Stamina
Nigerian eclectic singer-songwriter, Wurld premieres two new singles titled ‘Spunk’ and ‘Stamina’
Announcing his return to the music scene after a short breather, the talented Nigerian composer puts out two new masterpieces. Spunk is a soothing Afropop mid-tempo song themed around praising a girl.
The second single, ‘Stamina’, features South African hip-hop/kwaito boy band Major League Djz and South African producer LuuDadeejay. ‘Stamina’ is an amapiano/house tune.
Although house music, WurlD kept it soft, soothing, and calm.
Skillz 8Figure – MKD
Rising Afrobeat/Afropop artist, Skillz8Figure releases a feel-good Afropop song titled ‘MKD’. The Ground Up Chale artist delivers a fine textured verse doused with delicate harmonies on this VT produced song.
Wizkid ft. Justin Bieber & Tems – Essence Remix
Nigerian afrobeat star, Wizkid surprises us with the remix of his smash hit single, ‘Essence’ featuring Tems.
The Grammy award-winner recruits Canadian singer, Justin Bieber on his chart-topping tune.
“Essence” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in July at No. 82 after the Tems-assisted song was released in October 2020 from Wiz’s album Made in Lagos.
The sultry Afrobeats/R&B club jam has been steadily climbing the tally over the last five weeks, rising to its current position of No. 54 in the week ending Aug. 14.
Safewes God ft. Fuse ODG & Heavy – On A Million
British-Ghanaian recording artist, Fuse ODG makes his first attempt at the surging Amapiano genre in his latest single titled ‘On A Million’ featuring South African producer, Heavy K.
This comes shortly after the release of the music video for ‘Jekka‘.
NSG – Petite
U.K. music collective, NSG unlock a new number titled Petite. The JAE5 produced single is accompanied by a Kevin Hudson and Kruddz directed video.
Vector – License
Talented Nigerian rapper Vector Tha Viper flaunts his dancehall prowess in this brand new single titled ‘License’.
This tune comes after he released ‘Crown Of Clay’ remix where he called on Senegalese and Kenyan rappers to grace the posse cut project.
Produced by talented beatsmith Mr Clef, ”License” serves as Vector’s fourth output for the year. It comes after the release of “Crown of Clay” remix which features Khaligragh Jones, Dip Doundou Guiss, and Ashs The Best.
$pacely ft. Okese1 – Easy Come
Ghanaian Trap artist, $pacely releases a new studio project dubbed ‘Keanu’, themed around one of his many pseudonym, Keanu.
Inspired by the enigmatic Canadian actor Keanu Reaves, the lead actor of the Matrix Triology, $pacely describes this body of work is an incorporation of growth, wins, setbacks and an overview of life and it’s pleasures.
‘Keanu’ is a 9-tracklisting project and features the likes of La Meme Gang fellow mate, Kiddblack, Asakaa delegates Kwaku DMC and Kawabanga, Dani Draco of Labadi Music, Ghanaian rapper, Pappy Koko, Okese1 and Sabes.
Songs on Keanu were produced by Stratos, Grammy award-winning Nigerian producer Telz, talented Ghanaian producer Kuvie, Moor Sound, Almighty Trei and Kenshxn.
$pacely’s sophomore extended play ‘Keanu,’ asserts him as of the finest talents in the trap music space. The Labadi music act is planning on reaching higher heights in his already sprouting musical career with the sequel to his previous compilation ‘Finesse or Be Finessed‘.
Kweku Smoke – Do Or Die
Ghanaian rapper, Kweku Smoke combines with his usual collaborator Atown TSB to churn out this Hip-hop record titled ‘Do Or Die’.
‘Do Or Die’ is a follow-up to his previous single ‘Friends’.
Pure Akan ft. Ayisi – Ap)nkye Is A Goat
Eclectic Ghanaian rapper and songwriter, Pure Akan releases his sophomore album dubbed ‘‘Nyame Mma’ which in literal terms translates ‘God’s Children’.
The adept story-teller adds to his highly impressive discography, 16 track-lasting compilation, a sequel to debut long format project ‘Onipa Akoma’.
With only two guest features namely; King Ayisoba and Ayisi, ‘Nyame Mma’ tells the fond memories of unrefined African experience and it’s worth listening to.