No Place In Heaven by Mika (Album Review)

Review of No Place In Heaven by Mika

So Mika is obviously best known for monster hit Gene Kelly, his OTT, camp, feel good pop hit.  He has had a few hits since and a couple of renaissance moments.  However, how difficult is it to follow up something so massive as that?  Ask Meghan Trainor, Ikona Pop, Natalie Imbruglia, Right Said Fred et al.

Mika No Place In Heaven

Mika No Place In Heaven

Mika is a bit more than a one hit wonder though and the fact that No Place in Heaven is his fourth long play release is testament to this.  He may not get Radio 1 playlist anymore, but people are still buying his music, hence its release on Virgin EMI.

The Brit Award winner has had a bit of a break from the UK recently, but now he is back with No Place in Heaven and trying to make a bang.  He provides us with an offering that attempts leanings towards the size of Freddie Mercury. Mix in the campness of Abba.  Then put a sprinkle of maturity of Billy Joel.  Do the ingredients make a sweet slice of cake or a rhubarb crumble you might experience on Celebrity Masterchef (no sugar).

Well, Mika has put some biographical elements in and tries to lend some of his personal experience and learnings in the album.  Sadly though, that doesn’t work.  Its great that as an artist he is trying to develop and mature, however, thats not what we want from Mika.  We want effervescence, we want camp, we want big.

Last Party, which is an ode to Freddie Mercury is one of the highlights of No Place in Heaven.  Mika delivers a great pop track which he presents in a tasteful, yet truly Mika way.  Sadly, that is the highlight and only highlight in a pretty poor collection of tunes.

Particular low points are the title track, No Place in Heaven and Hurts where Mika tries to become Robbie Williams or some other anthem performer.  Sadly Mika doesn’t do this.  The album doesn’t do this and in all honesty Mika, you should have probably stayed away from the UK for a little bit longer.

Juno EP by Vicktor Taiwo (Review)

Review of Juno EP by Vicktor Taiwo

When Vicktor Taiwò talked about the Juno EP with Fame Magazine (UK) back in April, touching on the experience that midwifed it: It was in many ways unconscious, uncontrollable but inevitable […] many ways uncomfortable and actually painful, he wasn’t hula hooping in the tortured artist’s ring, but was offering a glimpse into his life. His words, a modern interpretation of Vincent Van Gogh’s “I put my heart and my soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process,” breathe into every piece premiered.

Juno by Vicktor Taiwò

Juno by Vicktor Taiwò

Although not much is known about him- as to his biography, save for he is a London-based photographer and musician, this takes nothing from his art; his art does enough to reflect his personality, history, ambitions, flaws and overall humanity. The wholesomeness of his “As an artist, my taste is my identity” cipher is indeed satisfying. His pictures and music tell where his head’s at when he puts his soul into art: a firm follower in the Art-is-the-intersection-between-absolute-narcissism-and-crippling-self-doubt maxim. Cliché? Doubt that.

His works take a healthy bite into Expressionism and slightly leans towards Afro-Futurism, be it in the grey-base which builds his imagery or the hue of his songs. They speak to his self-confidence, consciousness, introspection; handle on beautiful imperfection, creation, and striking symbolism- are metaphors not a telescope into the interlinked past, present and future?

The cover art for Juno is creepy, to say the least; a haunted house, of sort. The seeming understanding between the pale grey and blackish-grey colours is didactic. Growing from the darker roots to the brighter branches, the artist comes anew- self-realization bursts seams here. “And I see you running into the woods, with your bright yellow jacket, you look lost,” Vicktor Taiwò’s wispy voice breaks the silence on the Synth-Pop Digital Kids, introducing the new world to us (or his lover).

An alternate experience better than the broken world, frozen sun, caving earth she’s known for equilibrium. She’s been heartbroken. She’s never known love beyond a dull shade. She’s told to run from her sad past into his welcoming arms (At least, that’s what the Guido Reni ‘David and Goliath’-inspired cover art draws us to believe—to kill your terrifying past and run free, free into a world of love).

The Futuristic R&B, a sub-genre popularised by Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and Janelle Monáe, beautifully turns for a mellow rap verse. Solomon’s third eye sees her vulnerability and assures her from his Olympus view: Pick up my book of rhymes/Blow it and watch the dirt rise/Looking down at earth from a bird’s eye/Searching […] Just imagine if we all got it.

Her search for love opens at the Paradise Island, a place inspired by Joseph Rebell’s Moonlight Storm in the Gulf of Napkes. Backtrack. “This barren land is all she sees/Life cannot grow where man has been/But inside you, you’ll still be/In love, in love, in love,” even in Paradise she’s still held by her past— unknown to her, paradise- a place of love- has always been in her. The narrator’s hollow vocals float on the Folk-Electronica record while we listen attentively to the protagonist as she tries not to drown (You try to run a ship that ain’t steady/I would’ve shown you how […] Said you don’t want me to go down with the ship/I’m tired of watching you drown). Heartbreak sucks! Should she let him? Or, get crushed in despair?

Enter Icarus. Enter Feathers & Wax. “Two newborns with all our memories gone in a strange new world/I already let you fall once”. He won’t let go this time. The Icarus-inspired record hopes to save her from drowning: I’ll help you grow/Wings that won’t burn in the hot sun/Can’t watch you go/We rise in feathers and wax, child. Heartbreak sucks! When you’re in love with someone who’s emotional unavailable- Hey, girl, do you feel like you just ain’t worth saving? If you’re scared, look below, I’ll be right there- you try all to get her to believe you won’t let her fall (Ok, she has to fall…in love with you, right?). His emotions betray him as his raspy voice breaks on the jarring guitar riffs, reminiscent of Frank Ocean’s Dust. It’s a shame! Loving her fades as you pine for her (Fade). The production is way too beautiful for a melancholic ride, but what’s love anyway if not a contradiction. “I swear I was in love with you, but sometimes words don’t work the way we wish they would,” Vicktor sings on the EP’s most virtuosic vocal performance on Curse. The Indie-Folk track ends the EP on a high, even though the record touches on a low moment. “I was alone in my own head when you dove through,” love, right?

Why is he telling my story? “Maybe boys my age make so many fucking mistakes.” I guess that settles it then. You call this an EP? I call it a damn good piece of fiction (or non-fiction). This isn’t just a collection of loose songs to fulfill a yearning; this is a story told over 5 tracks, yes, he started the book reading in 2013. One of the best concept projects you’ll hear this year. Due credit should also be given to the geniuses on the board- Felix Joseph, Scholar Holder and Bobby Altman– for giving us the best Cuddlecore Folktronica sounds .

***You can catch Vicktor Taiwò on his North-American tour as he supports Ibeyi in September 2015

By Udochukwu Ikwuagwu

The End of Glastonbury

The End of Glastonbury

Glastonbury is largely considered the mother of all music festivals, with legendary greats and the best big sound rock acts known to man performing on stage.  This was broken a while back when Jay Z performed, much to the anger of the establishment, however, he did manage to give a good account of himself.

Michael Eavis Glastonbury 2015

Michael Eavis Glastonbury 2015

So its at this level of stature we look at Glastonbury, not the same as one of the many others that have popped up over the years.  This year more than any other, makes me feel that the end is finally here for Glastonbury.  Yes I know it will carry on and I know thousands of people will be brainwashed in to buying tickets.  Yes it will be aired live on TV, radio, the internet and probably via osmosis but for me, its place as the pinnacle is over.

Its the very commercialisation of what was once a genuine and credible festival that in part is at the heart of its downfall.  Being from the West Country, I used to go when I was younger.  A few hippies, those in the know and the start of a slowly expanding public would attend.  Some great acts played and some cool up and coming talent got the chance to play to a big crowd.

Nowadays Glastonbury is just another pop festival.  The Who did OK on Sunday night, but lets be honest, they are a little dated now.  They don’t quite hit the heights of their heyday.  Of the other headliners?  Well poor old Florence and the Machine, bless them, thrust in to the limelight of headlining after the Foo Fighters had to back out (Ed – I wouldn’t break a bone to stop myself having to perform there), were never really a full replacement.  The set was good, with Florence knocking her hits out of the park.  Good vocal delivery with a strong backing from a talented band.  But lets be honest, she is not a huge festival headliner.

Then we come to Kanye West.  Now this man never suffers from issues of insecurity or under-confidence.  He has Michael Jackson level platitudes that he has given himself.  Much like Jay Z before, the announcement of his billing as headliner was met with some derision.  But, thanks to trailblazing Mr Carter, it wasn’t as harsh for Kanye.  So the stage is set for the man to belt out some hits, inject a couple of new tracks in for good measure. Boom a great Hip Hop set, devilled safely and he gets to go home with no criticism.  Easy?

Well it might have been easy if thats what Kanye had attempted.  However, the man branded himself the greatest Rock n Roll legend alive (or words to that effect), which kind of irks. He spent over an hour on crappy self indulgent tosh.  His use of the auto-tuner made will.i.am sound positively acoustic and the amount of crappy ballads – kill me now.

Kanye West meets Lee Nelson

Kanye West meets Lee Nelson

A lot of press has been criticising the invasion by Lee Nelson, but for me, that was the highlight.  Kanye was visibly put out of his stride as Nelson managed to not only invade the stage but take part in the performance, like a Poundland Eminem.  He was quickly bundled off stage and Kanye tried to continue.  He couldn’t and started the track all over again.  I had hoped it would have annoyed him so much that he would have stopped there.  Sadly not.  Luckily though, his playlist could be reversed back to the start of the track.  We didn’t have to go back to the start of the set and put up with his crap.  However his biggest crime was the complete homicide of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.  Kanye should be locked up for that.

For a festival that is meant to be looked up to all three headliners were disappointing and part of me had wished I was at the PRIDE event to watch what I understand was a thrilling and slightly raunchy set by Rita Ora (just kidding).

There were some highlights of the weekend though.  Lionel Ritchie was the star for me. He just oozed class and talent from every pore of his body.  He belted out hit after hit and really engaged with the crowd.  For all the energy that Kanye failed to display, veteran Lionel Ritchie delivered.  The man is a genius and I swear, you need to go and see him play if you have a chance.  You just hear the passion and soul that this man has.  The definite highlight for me.

Other highlights included the infectious Pharrell, Wolf Alice and unknowns to me The Burning Hell.  So despite the few highlights, there wasn’t enough to make me feel that Glastonbury is the greatest embodiment of music anymore.  Sorry but for me that was the final nail in the coffin for Glastonbury as the mother of all festivals.  RIP Glasto.

In The Mix – Freak of the Week by Krept & Konan ft Jeremih, Beenie Man and Popcaan (Remix)

In The Mix – Freak of the Week by Krept & Konan ft Jeremih, Beenie Man and Popcaan (Remix)

Freak of the Week by Krept & Konan Remix

Freak of the Week by Krept & Konan Remix

Regular readers of Music Eyz know we are big fans of new Def Jam signees Krept & Konan and have already hyped Freak of the Week.  But this remix featuring the legend Beenie Man and one of the best names Popcaan is fire.  Love the Jamaican vibes to this, which brings a whole new flavour to what is already a class track.  These boys are going to be huge.

In The Mix – Go Get What You Want by Adam Daniels (Bionic Remix)

In The Mix – Go Get What You Want by Adam Daniels (Bionic Remix)

Go Get What You Want by Adam Daniels Bionic Remix

Go Get What You Want by Adam Daniels Bionic Remix

South London’s Adam Daniels releases his laid back Go Get What You Want.  We got our hands on a remix by London’s own Bionic.  Bionic is best known for supporting the likes of Jason DeRulo and Professor Green but has also had his own UK wide tour.  Let us know what you think.

 

On This Side by Kahli Abdu & VHS Safari (Review)

International Music Review – On This Side by Kahli Abdu & VHS Safari (Nigeria)

This is that BBQ music! This is that “relaxing song […] you listen on in your car, in your home”—if you were keen enough to peep into Vector’s crystal ball, this was prophesied! This is that backyard cookout music blaring from the speakers– soft enough to give party animals goose bumps, smooth enough to send to status quo! If you are one in tune with nature, this should keep you in motion while you take tokes in the greenroom.

On This Side by Kahli Abdu ft VHS Safari

On This Side by Kahli Abdu ft VHS Safari

Kahli Abdu has been known to stick one up to the entire enterprise when he is in his zone. His raised middle finger to the Nigerian political class on Ministry of Corruption is still held between the clouds. The sophomore mixtape, based off samples from Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, speaks to the same philosophy of “Fuck the Government, Fuck the Nigerian INGSOC, Fuck the proletariat turned Zombies” propagated by the Afrobeat legend.

Whether as a rebel- “I went from being a follower to a rebel/Straight from the frying pan to fire, where’s the devil?/I’m coming with the angels over horns and sample” (Triumph), or as a hero cum philosopher- You thought I shot the sheriff, this time ama kill him/I’ve been Superman, this time I’m the villain/I’m the Dark Knight, this jokers play Ben Stiller […] Fela Kuti meets J Dilla (Killin’), Mighty Slim makes sure his polished rhymes keep his Rebel King crown shining. To ensure the revolution lives, he released 3 more chapters of ‘The Book’ in form of mixtapes- Rebel I (Rebel Friday), Bandits and Rebel II.

This new single with production duo VHS Safari, On This Side, an offering off their début album- A.R.T. Project– bears true to the known unorthodoxy of the Republiq Army General. Chief Willis, one-half of the production duo, is a familiar face, and was on the boards for Kahli’sThe Grind Theory’ début mixtape. Since Will’s brother, Chewy Lewis, got into the mix, the trio has performed over 20 shows around the USA.

This single premiered as the band was announced as new signees on the Chocolate City Music label. It’s a reunion of sort for Kahli as he and label mate, Jesse Jagz, were members of the defunct group Eltophelli back in J-Town. Also, Kahli gets re-united with his ‘big brother’, M.I. (cue Little Brother), the Vice-President of the label.

Their first official release, On This Side, is an Alternative Hip-Hop record- a blend of 90s Hip-Hop and Electronic sounds. The record sees Kahli rap and sing over electric guitar licks and drums laid by VHS. “Oh, yeah do it/Yeah, we do-oing it/This is how we do it on this sideeeee”, the opening lines made into an interesting hook borrowed from Montell Jordan’s ‘This Is How We Do It’, it is slowed down to fix perfectly on the Electro-Pop beat. “I’m out here fooling out in Brooklyn, me and my connects/I plan to rule, and keep it cool as Malcolm X”, his laid-back flow births the first rap verse. It’s kind of ironic to name-drop Malcolm X alongside ‘cool’, but when you’re a Rebel King you violate doublethink. This is how we do it on this side!

If we gon’ make it to the top, we’ll have to break the rules– every avant-garde lives by this one rule (if we consider breaking rules a rule, in itself)! He climbs the podium to address inductees: They never heard my other shit, they gotta hear me now. This switches from the orientation speech to the welcome party for freshmen. The video promises a taste of that BBQ feel but ends abruptly with the revelers acting more as props than guests trying to enjoy a good time.

The scenes quickly fade right as they appear. The backyard shots are unexciting as teased on the song’s opener. We’re carried on a transboundary caravan driven by the song itself to pay no mind to the forgettable. Excitement shoots up while we take a tour around New York then end up in a concert room with Kahli Abdu and VHS Safari on stage.

Review by Udochukwu Ikwuagwu

Lackluster No. by Nova Heart (Review)

International Music Review of Nova Heart – ‘Lackluster No.’ (China)

OK – so being a devoted Joy Division and New Order fan I wasn’t sure about how a review of this new single by Chinese singer Nova Heart (aka Helen Feng).  Being likened to New Order – it’s a hard act to follow.  However, I totally get this and the highly retro ‘Lackluster No.‘ does indeed sound like early New Order.
Nova Heart

Nova Heart

Lackluster No.‘ was released to support her live dates, including Glastonbury Festival next week over here in the UK.  Slow pumping synth and simple vocals work  do their job and give this little tune a real post-industrial feel.  Well worth a listen.  The video is a teaser for the upcoming video and is 4 minutes of improvisation from Beijing based Modern Dance artist Cui Jian.
Nova Heart is playing at Glastonbury this year so if there this week check her out.  Nova Heart is a pretty big deal in China and starting to cause a ripple over in the UK/US.
Her album release date is October 2nd 2015 via Caroline International.

Blur at British Summertime, Hyde Park, London (Gig Review)

Blur at British Summertime, Hyde Park, London (Gig Review)

So there was quite a lot going on over the weekend.  Fathers Day, Andy Murray winning Queens. Lewis Hamilton not going fastest in his little car.  Oh and there was the little matter of British Summertime in Hyde Park where a number of acts played including the likes of Pop Princess Kylie Minogue.  Well we didn’t bother with the full event, but we did go and see Brit Pop legends Blur.

Blur at British Summertime

Blur at British Summertime

Now I have always been a manic fan of Blur, the irreverence of them over the serious Oasis got me.  Musically they composed some great tracks, but some of this was lost at the time with the Gallaghers cleverly telling people they had to choose.  At the time, everybody wanted a piece of the Manchester scene and Oasis pitched Blur as their Monkees to them being the Beatles. Well a lot of time has passed and Damon Albarn has widely received the acclaim he deserves and perhaps, Blur are more popular and if not as popular now as they were then.

The vibe was slightly different to the last time we saw Phil Daniels of Eastenders fame shout out “This is the las’ time we’re eva gunna do this song live”.  At that point over two decades ago, the crowd was made of enthusiastic Fred Perry and Stan Smith or DM donning late teens early twenty somethings.  This time the attire was less obligatory and the crowd was somewhat more mixed.  However the reaction was the same.

A great touch that the crowd loved was when Damon started handing our ice creams from a random ice cream he had to hand (note to Mrs Ed – see ice cream vans are call) – this was a homage to their new album entitled The Magic Whip and a link to their laddish profile.

Damon Albarn still has all the attributes of a top class entertainer bounding the stage in boundless enthusiasm whilst also casually flitting around in equal measure.  He also did his trademark guitar strumming through the slow ones and engaged the crowd with his conversation.  He also showed why he never really made it as a TV weather presenter by stating “Thank fuck its stopped raining”.

Blur showed off some of their new material from The Magic Whip and perhaps the best from the new album was Ong Ong a jaunty tilt to their old Brit Pop days, that was warmly received.  The great thing about Blur is they feel like an old friend.  As man intimate moments with slowed down classics as mad in your face moments that would feel at home in any huge stadium gig.

The crowd however mixed it looked sang-a-long to almost every song that Blur threw at them.  The likes of Out of Time, End of a Century and of course Theres No Other Way stormed it.  The latter sending chills all over as the crowd drowned out Damon.  Albarn essentially stop in admiration for the crowd.

Personally, and this may say more about me than anything else, the highlight was Parklike. It just seemed so fitting that this rendition was taking place in Hyde Park and Phil Daniels is amazing when he knocks out his lines such as “aint about you joggers, that go round, and round and round…”

Blur were superb and they have all the ingredients of an act that could be blasting out these classics in another 20 years time.  They have stood the test of time, spanned generations and outlasted their contemporaries. Blur have reunited, not as some gimmick or cash cow, but because they are still great entertainers, great recording artists and in short GREAT!

Top Selling Singles of the Decade (So far)

Top Selling Singles of the Decade

I remember when we used to provide regular updates on the top selling singles and albums of the year.  Adele would dominate the lists and her releases would span the years.  So it seemed improbable if not impossible that anybody would topple her.  Well its been a while but now that The Official Chart Company have released the tope selling singles of the decade it seemed only fair we revisit.

Well Adele has not only suffered the improbable but also the perceived impossible.  The soul singer has been bumped off the top spot and her highest entry Someone Like You only makes it to number three. Evidence that we need Adele back to make waves again.  I just hope she doesn’t appear as a judge on The Voice.

Pharrell is Happy as he tops best selling singles of the decade

Pharrell is Happy as he tops best selling singles of the decade

Potential Man of the Decade so far Pharrell literally has the midas touch.  He is in at number two with the controversial Blurred Lines, the track that catapulted virtual nobody Robin Thicke in to the limelight and potentially lost his wife.  Then its no surprise but Pharrell’s own feel good classic Happy is the top seller of the decade with a massive 1.8m copies in the UK alone and spent a ridiculous 50 weeks in the UK Top 40 (almost a year).

The likes of David Guetta, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Eminem and Ed Sheeran all feature prominently, but the 2010’s appear to belong to Pharrell Williams thanks to three entries in the Top 40.  Have a look at the list and see if your favourite is in there.

The Official Biggest Selling Singles of the decade so far are:

1 HAPPY PHARRELL WILLIAMS
2 BLURRED LINES ROBIN THICKE/TI/PHARRELL
3 SOMEONE LIKE YOU ADELE
4 MOVES LIKE JAGGER MAROON 5 FT CHRISTINA AGUILERA
5 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW GOTYE FT KIMBRA
6 GET LUCKY DAFT PUNK FT PHARRELL WILLIAMS
7 WAKE ME UP AVICII
8 UPTOWN FUNK MARK RONSON FT BRUNO MARS
9 WE FOUND LOVE RIHANNA FT CALVIN HARRIS
10 CALL ME MAYBE CARLY RAE JEPSEN
11 JUST THE WAY YOU ARE (AMAZING) BRUNO MARS
12 IMPOSSIBLE JAMES ARTHUR
13 GANGNAM STYLE PSY
14 PARTY ROCK ANTHEM LMFAO/LAUREN BENNETT/GOONROCK
15 TITANIUM DAVID GUETTA FT SIA
16 PRICE TAG JESSIE J FT BOB
17 LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE EMINEM FT RIHANNA
18 RATHER BE CLEAN BANDIT FT JESS GLYNNE
19 LET HER GO PASSENGER
20 ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD) RIHANNA
21 ALL OF ME JOHN LEGEND
22 WE ARE YOUNG FUN FT JANELLE MONAE
23 THE A TEAM ED SHEERAN
24 COUNTING STARS ONEREPUBLIC
25 DIAMONDS RIHANNA
26 THINKING OUT LOUD ED SHEERAN
27 ROAR KATY PERRY
28 FIREWORK KATY PERRY
29 LA LA LA NAUGHTY BOY FT SAM SMITH
30 ROLLING IN THE DEEP ADELE
31 GIVE ME EVERYTHING PITBULL/NE-YO/AFROJACK/NAYER
32 WHEN WE COLLIDE MATT CARDLE
33 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA/MARTIN
34 JAR OF HEARTS CHRISTINA PERRI
35 FORGET YOU CEE LO GREEN
36 SEXY AND I KNOW IT LMFAO
37 STARSHIPS NICKI MINAJ
38 GRENADE BRUNO MARS
39 WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL ONE DIRECTION
40 PARADISE COLDPLAY

Ewele by Show Dem Camp (Review)

International Music Review – Ewele by Show Deme Camp (Nigeria)

Back in 2010 when I heard ‘Tell Me Nothing’, I could tell Show Dem Camp were here to make a mark like tyre tracks, and they were going to ride Hip-Hop on the fast lane without crashing. They had Tajie take that journey; he wasn’t a third wheel brought to inhale and exhale, he made it all the more memorable. Since their breakout, Show Dem Camp has ensured their voice never went off dropping three projects (one album- The Dreamer Project, and two mixtapes- Clone Wars I and Clone Wars II) to critical acclaim. They’re arguably Africa’s doppest rap duos. And if you add other members/affiliates of the crew to the mix (Poe & Luccix), you’ve got a lyrical slaughterhouse.

Ewele by Show Dem Camp

Ewele by Show Dem Camp

Check O.D. and I Got That Yeah. So, when Tec blurted out “Flow out of this world/ Maybe I should rent a spaceship” he wasn’t just kicking intergalactic lines to get him on the Star Wars cast neither was Ghost blowing air “Some people say that I’m the G.O.A.T./Not ‘cos I’m a Capricorn/I’m a soldier boy who doesn’t need to turn his swagger on/It’s automatic, dawg” on Na So We See Am. They can hold their own bar for bar against your favorite emcee—they back every rhyme with flawless delivery.

They’ve been on the grind for a while— back as Loose Cannonz to members of BlackBoyDown movement to being featured artistes on BBC Radio 1xtra, you can’t knock their hustle. It took time before the mainstream caught up then the clouds aligned on their hit single Feel Alright. They switched up their style, going from Hardcore Hip-Hop, to Alternative Hip-Hop, to trying their hands on the humorous Happy Weekend take.

SDC Bang Bang!” isn’t a platitude they utter to hoodwink and keep listeners munching on their soul- food, they do bang (your speakers, while they kick knowledge). Ewele, though not a fresh instalment to their discography, recently got its visuals released to fans and would-be fans, alike. Ewele has the duo spitting fire which is a well-crafted wordplay, since the title when translated from Yoruba to English means ‘dragon’. “We are not of this world!” That’s the anthem. Get with the programme, and do the martian salute.

Ms. Iye, the beautiful soulful singer, gets her thing going on this track, stoking the fire till the SA House rendition catches on. She rightly plays the part of a priestess conjuring the lyrical dragons to show for a dance. In her circle, the candles rise as part of the ritual while the raised calabashes fill the presence with incense. Our priestess, not alone, ably assisted by the fair one, the fire eater, and the masquerade; female worshippers clad in native attires get their routine on for the appearance of Tec and Ghost. When the dragons eventually face-off, they get down at the board table.

Review by Udochukwu Ikwuagwu