The next generation of the Super Mavin Dynasty is finally getting to flex their artistic muscle with debut albums lined up. The first of the three Reekado Banks’ Spotlight just got released and went straight to number one on the iTunes World Music charts, proving that while Don Jazzy might not be as vocal as he used to on Twitter, his influence still packs quite the punch.
A more comprehensive review is coming soon, but after taking the record for a few spins, these are the songs we think you should bump to A.S.A.P.
Killa Whyna Feat. Patoranking
The world has spent the summer riding on the euphoria of Wizkid’s unique blend of Afrobeats and Dancehall and Reekado Banks decides to capitalize on this trend on Killa Whyna. He has dancehall sensation Patoranking drop a verse and sweeten the pot, and Patoranking’s influence helps the song avoid all the cliche’s of the genre. With tempo changes and a break down mid-song and synth trumpets, this is the song you’ll be slow grinding to for the rest of the year.
Spotlight is an album full of sonic exploration, something we’d all come to assume would never come hit-conscious SMD. So the opening song, Hey Stranger comes as a huge surprise, but familiar too, as Don Jazzy takes the biggest riff of the year, the synth progression from Justin Bieber’s Sorry and tweaks it till it’s barely unrecognizable. You’ll come for the melody and stay for Don Jazzy’s superior producing.
Y-Cee better ask for his royalty checks, because Omo Alhaji‘s distinct afro-trap beat has spawned a phenomenon. And of course, Don Jazzy ever conscious of Zeitgeists gives Reekado a ready made hit. Problem has that swagger and self confidence that made Omo Alhaji and the myriad of clones that followed it hits, but it also has Bank’s unique brand of vigour that keeps it from becoming yet another tired rehashing of another person’s formula.
Turn the light on
There are so many samples and influence on Reekado Banks’ Spotlight but one we didn’t see coming was a sample of Chocolate City signed Parker Ighile’s debut single, So Beautiful. Again, Don Jazzy’s ability to transform a single riff into a full fledged song comes strongly to the fore and gives the foundation on which Banks builds the strongest ballad on the album. Sans the overwrought, heavily autotuned adlibs at the tail end of the song, Turn The Light On will have your lighters in the air and your spirits soaring.
Are you a Nigerian Afro Pop singer if you don’t have an homage to the Legendary Fela. Well, Reekado Banks doesn’t take any chances with changes, which will sound familiar from the very first note thanks to trumpet progressions made popular by Fela. Banks detours for a bit in the song to talk about love and interpersonal relationship, perhaps out of a doubt of his ability to pull off a song that is entirely political. But Change will give you all the Fela teas you could possibly want.
Biggy Man Feat Falz
The song has Falz on it, we honestly don’t know what else you want us to say.
You can get the new album on iTunes.