At Naijaonpoint Nigeria we love discovering and sharing great music with each other (and jamming to our newfound favourites all day long).
But instead of just selfishly sharing these songs amongst ourselves alone, we’ve decided to create a list of all the newly released albums and EPs that have caught our attention, stolen our hearts and are constantly on repeat on our devices.
Last month, we highlighted some great albums and EPs — from Noname’s incendiary Room 25 to MHD’s exuberant 19. Now, we are back to celebrate some October 2018 projects we think you’ll love as much as we do.
Palmwine Music 2 by Show Dem Camp
On Palmwine Music 2, Nigeria’s primo rap group, Show Dem Camp manage to surmount the impossibly high bar they set with their first-ever Palmwine Music EP, as the sophomore outing boasts a more impressive set of guest acts, stronger production work and much tighter bars.
Standout Tracks: “Ragabomi”, “System Fail” and “Damiloun”.
rare. by Odunsi The Engine
As both a producer and a recording artist, there has never been any doubt about how talented Odunsi The Engine is, but with his debut album, rare., he still finds multiple ways to thrill and surprise listeners, delivering one of the year’s strongest and most confident musical projects.
Standout Tracks: “angel”, “star signs”, “dance floor” and “hectic”.
Honey by Robyn
Robyn’s eight studio album, Honey — her first body of work in nearly a decade — might just be the Danish dance-pop diva’s most deeply felt accomplishment to date, as she continues to prove that very few songwriters understand the complexity of human emotions quite like she does.
Standout Tracks: “Missing U”, “Honey” and “Ever Again”.
Saturn by Nao
Aptly titled Saturn, Nao’s otherworldly sophomore album, is a fantastically written, intuitively produced and flawlessly performed masterwork that shows the British r&b singer-songwriter is in an entirely different league of her own.
Standout Tracks: “Make It Out Alive”, “Orbit” and “Drive and Disconnect”.
Ella Mai by Ella Mai
Although none of the tracks on Ella Mai’s eponymous debut album quite rises to the heights of her massive breakout single, “Boo’d Up”, the LP, which plays like a ’90s r&b compilation project, will still hit even the most jaded listener with a delightful wave of nostalgia.
Standout Tracks: “Boo’d Up”, “Trip” and “Cheap Shot”.
MUDBOY by Sheck Wes
Following a viral hit “Mo Bamba”, as well as co-signs from some of rap music’s most notable figures — Kanye West, Drake and Travis Scott — Sheck Wes had a lot to prove with his debut album, MUDBOY, and, in his typically amped-up fashion, he more than lives up to the hype.
Standout Tracks: “Mo Bamba”, “Kyrie” and “Chippi Chippi”.
T.A.P (Talk About Poe) by Ladipoe
At just 10 tracks long, Ladipoe’s lean and precise debut project, Talk About Poe is a fantastic introduction into what makes one of Nigeria’s strongest rappers tick — touching on everything from his insecurities about his career to his frustrations with the monotony of the music scene.
Standout Tracks: “Voices”, “Hello Goodbye” and “Revival”.
Live. Create. Repeat by Collectiv3
About three years after dropping their eponymous debut album, Collectiv3 — made up of Show Dem Camp, Funbi, Poe and more — is finally back with a new project and some new faces, and the result is a thoroughly impressive celebration of talent and creativity.
Standout Tracks: “Fulfill Your Destiny”, “Stop Me” and “Taking Over”.
Suncity by Khalid
While Suncity, Khalid’s seven-track EP, might not be a particularly cohesive body of work, that’s clearly not the point; it’s really just an avenue for the fast-rising, Grammy-nominated r&b star to show off his impressive range, and at that, it undoubtedly succeeds.
Standout Tracks: “Vertigo”, “Saturday Nights” and “Motion”.