There are a few tenable ways to define DJ Xclusive’s latest single “As E Dey Hot”, but nothing sounds more apt than the DJ’s foray into Afropop’s underrated bashment sound. Heavy marimba taps, alongside kicks set on a fast tempo are some of the indicators of the noisy parental sound of today’s relatively calm neo-Afropop.
As E Dey Hot‘s weakest point comes early in the song, after an earworm hook by Flavour that sets a tempo for Mr Eazi’s surprisingly mediocre first verse. Thankfully, Flavour is back on the chorus to rescue “As E Dey Hot”, and even more potent on a second verse that easily reminds us all why Mr N’abania is still considered a premium Afropop act.
Afropop today, sounds nothing like DJ Xclusive’s “As E Dey Hot”. But Flavour manages to wax the single together with nothing but succinct melody aided by Masterkraft’s adventurously nifty production. There is really no debating that this is a pre-made hit expected at a dancefloor near you.