Because he has nothing better to do with his time, every Saturday, Bernard Dayo brings you the most awe-inspiring, confounding, addictive, or otherwise hilarious moments from the week in music. This week:
The best of both worlds on Odunsi’s ”Star Signs”
The world Odunsi The Engine builds in the video for Star Signs, off his debut album Rare, feeds from the sheer opulence of owambe parties and the aesthetics of the relatively-minted youth subculture known as the ”Alté movement.” Star Signs luxuriates in synths and a blissed-out piano input, smoothly rounded off by a Runtown verse. This song should be on a loop on your playlist this weekend.
It’s all about the chorus on Mr Eazi’s ”Supenova”
In his first single of 2019, Mr Eazi proves he’s the master of insidiously infectious choruses on Supernova, wherein he professes love to his love interest and spoiling her.
The money, the money, the money on Phyno’s ”The Bag”
”Account fat like Yokozuna eeh / Too much money for my nigga eeh.” Phyno raps on his latest highlife-adjacent single The Bag, sprinkled with copious amounts of Igbo, of course. The Bag is cultural code for money, and the video shows it all.
Everything about Timaya’s ”2 Stoopid” video
You’d think Timaya’s latest single 2 Stoopid would have a shambolic video for the purpose of aligning with the song’s frivolousness as an aesthetic. Surprise, surprise, the video is immaculately attractive and structured while still being a fun song. I’m still playing it on a loop. Send help.
Niniola is infatuated on ”Boda Sodiq”
Niniola has ostensibly been a sex-positive artiste since carving out her artistic voice in Afrohouse music. On her latest single Boda Sodiq, she sings about a sexual encounter with the titular Boda Sodiq, the lyrics in fun, delectable Yoruba. The hollow drums and Niniola’s modulating her voice to convey her internal conflict is an appeal. For other visuals, here’s Niniola doing a mock video:
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— Niniola (@OfficialNiniola) July 4, 2019
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies and reading comics and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.