There are songs, musical compilations with great replay value; they typically age like fine wine- be it a full studio album or an Extended Play (EP).
There are also many whose reign and relevance wither away at the passing of time and the shifting of trends.
However, most good albums or EPs feel like journeying through the pages of an enthralling storybook. With every passing playtime, listeners forge deeper connections, bonds and land new revelations with the records on these albums.
Combined with nostalgia, these are 5 recent Nigerian albums we think have very impressive replay value.
1. Barnabas (EP) – Kizz Daniel
Kizz Daniel’s 7-track EP, “Barnabas” is a blessing to Afrobeats. It is such a cohesive unit, whether in terms of sound or lyricism, with incredible takes on love, superstar life, and self appreciation.
2. Sorry I’m Late (EP) – Buju To Your Ears
Another 7-track extended play, perhaps because 7 as a number inspires perfection. But how good has Buju been since the turn of 2021? Most people will say “stellar.” Buju didn’t only disrupt the industry with his signature song-snatching verses and hooks on multiple collaborations, he held it down on his own with “Sorry I’m Late,” a project that speaks in loud volume why this boy is a superstar in the making.
3. Esan (LP) – Brymo
Everyone knows Brymo is a master of storytelling. There is simply no one like him according to his fans, and “Esan” was another reaffirmation to why they hold “The Son of a Kapenta” act in such high esteem. Brymo’s modernised rendition of poetic Yoruba iteration is nothing short of genius in “Esan,” succinctly touching on themes of love and a troubled nation.
4. LV N ATTN (EP) – Lojay & Sarz
“LV N ATTN” is veteran producer, Sarz’s admonishment to those who thought he declined that he’s still one of the business’ finest. It’s also fast rising star, Lojay’s most impactful project till date. And with songs like “Monalisa” and “Tonongo” all eyes will be on him come 2022.
5. Before We Fall Asleep (LP) – Johnny Drille
Sitting pretty on number 5 is Johnny Drille’s first studio album “Before We Fall Alseep”. Drille’s unique vocal and hunky-dory persona had earned him a loyal fan-base right from his breakout in 2017, and although he had never given them a project as this one, his spot in the hierarchy of alternative music crooners in Nigeria remains uncontested. “Before We Fall Asleep” is just a typical example of a master craftsman at work.