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Crown Playlist #3

The Crown Playlist is a weekly music review featuring five songs suggested to our readers based on the quality of the songs. The playlist will feature five songs that come from both Nigeria and the West.  The playlist will offer a critical review of the songs and provide some background information either about the creation of the song or the relevance of the song. The playlist will give our readers an opportunity to develop a wider palette for new music and remember some of the old ones they already know.

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1. Didn’t Know You By Karmin – The dynamic duo is getting release their new independent album and they have us anticipating with this energetic track. Didn’t Know You is a burning ballad that is driven an aggressive drum line and a bass heavy production. The song is a depature from the sound that the duo experimented with on their last record. With powerful vocals and assorted lyrics, this is a sound we can’t wait to hear more of.

2. Oluchi (feat. Flavour) By Solidstar – Solidstar gets Flavour to collaborate with him on this smooth Afro- pop tune. The melody is the champion of the song because you will not be able to get it out of your head for days. Solidstar and Flavour are also to be commended for their expert vocal delivery as they complement the mid-tempo production perfectly. We can only hope that Solidstar has more tunes like this for us in the future.

3. Papaoutai (feat. Lindsey Stirling) By Pentatonix – Everyone’s favourite Acapella group is preparing to release their next record and the fans are restless. As we wonder what direction the quintet will take for this upcoming project, we take a look back to one of the winners from their last record. Papaoutai, a French song, was one of the better offering from their last record, PTX Vol. 3. Scott’s usual dazzling vocals, Kirstie and Mitch’s poignant harmonies, Avi’s Bass, Kevin’s awesome beat boxing added with Lindsey Stirling‘s amazing strings made this one of the more memorable tracks on the album. There is no doubt that whatever the group is cooking up will not fail to feature all these amazing elements again.

4. Werey Re By Base One – Base One comes for every rapper in the game with Werey Re but he is not full of just hot air. Base’s bars and flow shine through and announce him as a rapper to keep an eye out for. He flows in and out of verses like a pro and the producer must be applauded for the masterful beat switch that happens in the middle of the song. With a fitting music video to follow, this song is definitely one to be heard by all rap fans.

5. Orente By Adekunle Gold – If you haven’t heard this song you must be living under a very large rock. Gold’s second major single shines through on all possible sides: Afro-pop production, Breezy vocals, catchy melody, ethnic lyrics. The song, a departure from Gold’s debut single, is a summer jams that is sure to be the new anthem for Nigerian weddings. Adekunle Gold perfected this sound so well, hopefully he continues to explore it on his debut album.

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