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RADR ESSENTIALS VOL. 21: OGRANYA, SOLIS, TEMS AND MORE

Its the first monday of June and the Radr team is excited to bring you a crop of fresh music releases from the past week to flavour your summer. From household names like MI and Sarz to fast growing ones like Tems and Solis, this week’s music picks will fill you with delight!

MUSIC

LV N ATTN- Lojay & Sarz ft Wizkid

This trio of talent is almost too much for one song to handle. With Sarz on the beat and Wizzy and Lojay on the mic, listeners are introduced to a soft reggae-influenced vibe. The smooth vocals, gentle beat, and relatable lyrics make this song an easy one to love.

ConstantlySperoachbeatz ft Mayorkun & Peruzzi

The track kicks off with an interesting harmonious vocals and switches into an electro type beat with subtle synths and heavy afrobeats vibes. The lyrics are fun and playful and its delivery in sync with the beat is a perfect upbeat combo.

Nana- Töme

Canadian Nigerian afro fusion artiste Töme is back again with a fresh track for her fans. The track is an upbeat track with wonderful vocals and interesting arrangements. Listeners who love to dance will find that this song is perfect for the top of their playlists.

All My Life- M.I Abaga ft Oxlade

On this track about searching for the perfect love partner all his life, Oxlade’s vocals shine. The hook is sprinkled with falsettos and lilting harmonies. The Mister Incredible is mot left behind as he brings his signature lyral mastery to this love song

Hurricane – Tomi Thomas ft Buju Banton

Tomi Thomas draws heavily on reggaeton influences while creating this song. His vocals are crisp and clear while rising and falling on the reggae progression. Buju Banton is at home on this track as he and Tomi Thomas enter a musical synergy.

Body Signal- Solis

Solis entrances listeners immediately with her ethereal vocals. The dream pop influences of this love song gives it an ambient quality. The soft lilting lyrics tell her love interest to catch her body signals calling to them.


Smile For You – Mizzle ft Oxlade

Oxlade is obviously the man to sing your hook if you want an emotional yet beautiful track out there. Mizzle also realized this and has teamed up with the singer to create this love song. They both are in perfect sync on this song about being there for your love interest and making sure they keep smiling.

Butterfly- Amaarae

Amaarae’s version of Butterfly opens up with a soft jazz band intro. The waving piano sounds, bold trumpets and snappy drums will have listeners feel like they’re in a live jazz band performance. Amaarae’s soft, wispy vocals join the fray and completes this song and paints the perfect ambient atmosphere for listeners. The artiste chose to cover this song for Apple Music’s Juneteenth freedom inspired songs playlist.

Bad- Ogranya

Afro pop artiste Ogranya is on an ambitious project called “The 52”, where he is releasing a new song every week for the whole year. Each week has been a different energy with each new track. This week’s track “Bad” is about wanting his love interest deeply. He tries to assure and persuade her in the same breath about his deep fascination with her.

Ordinary People – Tems

Tems lends her full sonorous voice to this love song by John Legend. She sings about taking love with this person slowly to navigate the hard parts of a relationship. The song is vulnerable and packed with emotions.

BOOKS

26A- Diana Evans

This hauntingly beautiful book won the Orange prize for new writers and deservedly so. It follows the lives and innocence of twin girls both alike but different and how they navigate growing up, how they handle their individual experiences and how they navigate life together. This bittersweet book is a fantastic read that is impossible not to enjoy.

Icarus Girl – Helen Oyeyemi

Written when the author was just eighteen years old, this book is a riveting tale about A biracial , eccentric eight year old girl named Jessamy. She has a hard time navigating life with no friends till she meets Tilly Tilly who then complicates things even further. Though written simplistically, through the lens of an eight year old, the book is deeply layered and promises to make one question their beliefs about traditional Nigerian culture, imaginary friends and the supernatural.

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