Since my re-introduction to the music scene, I spend most of my time listening to all forms of music from emerging, A-list acts, and clowns who pose as artistes.
In no particular order, here are 3 brilliant underrated songs
Kotrell – Now And Always
A little over 2 months ago, I was introduced to the music of this young chap by another artiste and since then, I have played it religiously, every single day, using it to reassure my partner of my unending love. This ethereal tune titled ”Now and Always” is a melodic lyrical triumph; Kotrell hit a home run on this as it is both artsy and catchy.
Kotrell did a magnificent job explaining what love is; a simple bond between two people who of their own volition endure the good and bad times. This genuine portrayal of love and promise is heightened by Kotrell’s vocal, as well as orchestral elements including the drums, violin, and whatever other instruments the amazing producer employed. This song is a compositional masterpiece.
Seyi Shay – Tuale
I watched the video before I knew Seyi had a song like this and boy, was I blown away. This is it, dear female artistes, you want to pull the sexy brand? Pull the type that will have every human thirst after you. In a moment of transparency my dear readers, Seyi had even the most heterosexual of all women questioning her sexuality on this video, PHEW! (stop digressing, focus!!!).
“But it doesn’t sound like Seyi Shay,” said unfunny slapped-on bio music critics everywhere. This song saw Seyi channeling her inner ”now mature bad girl” and her vocals of course did not disappoint. The song basically saw her paying homage to everyone who has been there and still is. To every hustler on the street, to every human. Her effortless switch between English and whatever Yoruba was employed on this, must be celebrated. The many wins on this project were almost overshadowed by Zlatan Ibile’s surprisingly disappointing, unnecessary, and non-sensical lyrics.
Temmie Ovwasa – Holy Water
With the many downright bland, wacky, and highly unnecessary records, the music world has been fed over the last couple of years, ”Holy Water” was and still is a welcome relief. This song held within it every WTF element needed in creating an evergreen song but of course this went unnoticed as we all live in a country where people willingly choose to remain blind to the most obvious things.
It should be said that I was not a fan of Temmie before now, in fact, one of my reviews, saw me complaining about her vocals, she is a fan of riffs and runs, a thing that bothered me a lot as it made it impossible to actually listen to whatever she was trying to convey back then. I see the new Temmie as being somewhat improved, as there are minimal cringe-worthy moments riffs and runs in this record.
Knowing that many artists in the past and even today choose style over substance, Temmie effortlessly provided both on this record. ”Holy Water” is reminiscent of Lady Gaga’s ”Born This Way” which preached self-love and reassurance that there is nothing wrong with how one chooses to live their life, regardless of societal/religious norms.
This song remains a personal escape and the video further helped enhance my experience. There is a balance between creative brilliance and emotional gravity on this.