Recently, Wizkid, aka Machala after recording a smash hit with Beyonce earlier in the year decided to drop his seven-track EP titled”Soundman“.
Machala as he is fondly called decided to drop a surprise EP to wet the appetite of Wizkid FC and music listeners in anticipation of his highly awaited ” Made In Lago ” album.
And as we analyse this body of work, we will see whether indeed Wizkid proved his Calibre and repute as Africa’s biggest contemporary music export.
Let’s talk about the tracks accordingly;
1. Jam Ft. Chronixx
On Jam featuring Jamaican artiste, Chronixx, Wizkid gives us an opening reminiscent of his stellar efforts on Sounds from the other side.
Wizkid sings about Jamming the love of his life and begging her to come into his life. The highlight of the track is Chronixx who brings his A-game on this track and spices it up with his patois vibes.
The trumpet gives this jam, an Afrobeat feels and Wizkid lyrics which is a deviation from what he has been serving us for a while makes listeners hopeful for more. A perfect intro.
2. Blow Ft. Blaqjerzee
Blow gives the same vibe as Larry Gaaga’s “Low“, featuring Wizkid which is also produced by the same producer, Blaq Jerzee.
Wizkid tells the ladies to blow the trumpet and Jo fun Alhaji. Everything on this track screams “Low”. A decent track at most.
3. Cover me Ft. DJ Tunez
Kel P vibes showed his mastery of Afro-beats production on Cover Me featuring Starboy resident disc jockey, DJ Tunez.
Wizkid is having fun with the beat, reminiscent of his efforts on the Phantom produced “Master Groove” and Sarz produced “Ghetto Love“.
Wizkid focuses more on the vibe and flow rather than lyrical artistry. This is Afro beats and Wizkid successfully delivered on this particular track…
One for the shrine.
4. Mine Ft. Kel P
Perhaps the best track on the EP, the song offers the same vibe Wizkid delivered on “Joy”.
Wizkid showed his lyrical prowess, vocals and lovely flow on this one. Laidback with a meaningful message and excellent production from KelP.
Mine comes off as an instant classic and hit song, Wizkid will do well to shoot a video of this song if he doesn’t decide to go STFOS with the videos.
5. Electric Ft. London
London, Producer of Rema’s “Bad Commando” shows he is fast becoming a force to reckon with in terms of music production.
The tracks so far show Wizkid attempting to bring us back to those STFOS vibes.
“Say she bust every day, she day make man craze“. This sexual vibe which Baba Zion has termed electric vibe is one for the couples and clubs.
A serious whining song for the ladies and a serious stimulant for the production of babies. A potential hit in the Carribean market too alongside Jam featuring Chronixx.
6. Ease Your Mind Ft. Kel P
Kel P once again proves himself a magician. Wizkid goes motivational on this one urging his listeners to take life easy and ease their mind.
As usual, the production from KelP is top-notch and his input is once again felt on this Afro beats reggae themed project.
Wizkid also shows he is fast becoming comfortable with the Afro beats genre, a serious deviation from the pop, Afro-pop and RnB vibes which dominated his early days.
7. Thankful Ft. Blaqjerzee
Okay! This is Lamba! This sounds like the Manya vibe Wizkid gave us with Mutay.
A December beer parlour and pepper soup joints Gbedu. Blaqjerzee delivered and Wizkid delivered too…
With a touch of prayer and street slangs, the song is destined to control the streets in a few weeks. The production feels good.
OUR GENERAL VIEW
Wizkid is definitely having fun and catching cruise with this project, No serious motion behind it.
Perhaps following criticisms that trailed his last two offerings, “Joro” and “Ghetto Love“, Wizkid decides to take us to his “Sound From The Other Side” days and show us he is still capable of delivering lyrics and beautifully crafted vibes. The project feels like STFOS part 2.
What we learn about Wizkid from the EP;
Wizkid is showing us his versatility as he switches between Afrobeat, RnB and some Carribean vibes.
Wizkid is good and delivers when he wants to. He is also listening to the reviews and critics…
He wants to know what to give us in his “Made In Lagos” album
He wants to prove a point to critics who are hell-bent on questioning his lyrical capacity and dominance in the Afrobeats genre.
This project shows that we might never actually Get our pop-influenced Wizkid again as he is heavily influenced by afrobeat on the project.
However, Some of the beats sound too similar but Wizkid manages to give a different flavour to each track.
The production (beats, mixing and mastering ) is top-notch but I think the inclusion of Sarz who have been amazing.
Wizkid might also need to consider giving us more of the pop tracks we are familiar with as he seemed to have neglected that completely for Afrobeats.
Overall, SoundMan is for the listeners to enjoy while sipping palm wine, on the beach or laid back somewhere chilling with family and loved ones. Nothing serious, just vibes and cruise as we await “Made In Lagos“.
Overall, we will rate this EP 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆
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Written by:- Iamsynord