It’s Friday and we already know some of us will spend the next few days navigating sweaty dancefloors and smokey lounges. To get you in the mood for what’s coming, we’re recommending 13 of the best aux-chord quality party before the party tracks. This is not just a playlist, it’s two-day turn-up guide.
Pana – TeknoHe may not get half enough recognition for it, but some of the best party playlist worthy material released in the last two years have been crafted and released by Tekno. Pana, his second single of the year is a mellower sonic sequel to Where, another alternative high-life club favourite he released earlier in the year.
No Kissing (feat. Sarkodie) – PatorankingThis second pre-release off Patoranking’s God Over Everything debut features superstar rapper Sarkodie. Bouncy drums and vocal samples make up most of No Kissing‘s beat, but if you need further convincing for this song’s jam prospects, a look at the video will show you even smoother dance moves that accompany this already wavey song.
Shaba – Niniola
Niniola continues her Afro-EDM domination with Shaba her third sleeper hit in a row after belting out Soke and Ibadi successively in the last two years. We must admit, the songwriting is finicky but somehow Niniola’s Shaba, taps along house drums and a snappy break to bring celebrations of life and career into one really dope alternative Afro-pop song
Ogene (feat. Flavour)- Zorro
Zorro reinvents traditional Igbo music with a tribute to Ogene, a locally made metal gong often used by musicians from the region which also doubles as the title of his song. However, if you’re hungry for a more modern twist to this already certified club classic, you should listen to this remix where YCEE and Lil Kesh are featured.
Mamacita (feat. Wizkid) – Tinie Tempah
If there is any summer playlist out there that Tinie Tempah and Wizkid’s Mamacita has not graced, we are giving their curators a saving grace with this re-introduction. Tinie Tempah and Wiz are both signed to DisturbingLDN, making the happening of this collaborative effort an event we always anticipated. Mamacita is set on the Samba drums, Jazz trumpets and soft snares, Wizkid delivers three choruses and a verse with lilt precision while Tinie Tempah takes the rest home with fire bars.
Soft Work – Falz
We don’t know how many hits will roll off Falz’s 2015 Stories That Touch album before we collectively confer the record a classic, but at least we know Falz will keep dishing them out. This Sess produced number off the record is what you want to listen to on the drive to the party with hands in the air and lungs screaming along to Soft work
Standard – Reekado BanksStandard already had its gleaming potentials of a club favourite written all over it from its release. We want to be surprised at how big it has gotten now, but Reekado Banks has never been one to disappoint where he’s expected to shine, so we will put a pin on that
Konkoblity – Olamide
Olamide and his producers have never been shy about seeking inspiration from familiar places, but Konkobility is better than many we have heard. Despite sharing similar pattern arrangement with Wizkid’s Show You The Money, snares and trumpets add a layer of jazz while Olamide borrows lyrical samples from Fela, signalling that even mooching off a pre-existing idea can be done differently. For an Olamide who has only been on rotation via a viral Who U Epp campaign, Konkobility is an additional breath of fresh air to an already good year for the YBNL boss.
I Want You – Yemi Alade
Yemi Alade may have released an album that dubbed her as the mother of the African continent, but she is already moving past her recent wins. I Want You, her fresh cut single taps into the Caribbean soundscape with a thin layer of vocal sample on the chorus. Afropop songbird, Yemi Alade has found a formular for finding a comfort level on sounds from any origin, I Want You is another proof of a nearly unrivalled versatility she will own for a long time.
Skin Tight (feat. Efya) – Mr Eazi
To many who are still dazed by how more and more of Mr Eazi — a name mostly unheard of in Nigeria until this year— kept popping up on every DJ’s playlist, this neo-Afrobeat number is where the legend began. The rest of this song’s brilliance is sprawled all over YouTube and Instagram via samples and covers.