Nigerian hitmaker, Skales dishes out extended play titled ‘Sweet Distractions’
Skales’ Sweet Distractions has songs that fall into three categories: resurrected rapper credentials, impassioned relationship woes, and the modern zeal of South Africa’s Amapiano.
Skales’ beginnings as a rapper are evident on “As Always,” “Katapot,” and the album’s first track, “Hope, Freedom, and Love,” in which he recounts his mother’s stroke, as well as career setbacks, drug use, relationship strife, and financial worries: “It still hurts, I hate the world so much man/Thank God I don’t own no nuke.”
Skales finds good synergy with fellow Nigerian musician Blaqbonez on “Pants on Fire,” over drowsy synths, powerful kick drums, and wandering pianos. Blaqbonez, like Skales, began out as a rapper but subsequently embraced singing capabilities. Blaqbonez sings, “Heart in a casket/I’m done with that love shit,” with a steely desire to mend a grievous wound. Skales demonstrates his mastery of amapiano on several occasions.
The hook of “Kpakurukpa” is mixed with manipulated vocals and business-like lyrics about having fun: “Come take this life seriously/Hit the floor and make us dance,” Skales pleads, while also enlisting Davido’s A-list support on “This Your Body.” On “Selense,” hit producer Krizbeatz uses brooding synthesizers and patient piano, aided by the enchanting presence of Zlatan, the inventor of the zanku dance fad, whose reputation has become a cause of skepticism.
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