Wizkid just released his third studio album – Sounds from the other side. He likes to call it an EP but this is an album really. The songs are really from the other side. he mixed everything up while still maintaining that Afrobeat vibe and sticking to his African roots.
I first listened to Wiz at a house party in Manchester in 2010. There was no official J. We were like streaming videos from Youtube and then whoever was handling it just started blasting Wizkid songs back to back and I’m like who’s this dude? And just like that I got hooked on to Wizzy!
Been a big fan ever since and watched him evolve over the years. I remember when he was taking over the London marke and released Azonto and a few others. It was exciting to watch him grow, after that he launched Starboy. Now here we are, he has penetrated the U.S. market which we all know has a worldwide reach. Our Starboy is International yo!
I’m going to dish out my unbiased review of this album.
All for Love ft Bucie
This is a classic song! Oh my God. This is like some Salsa-Carribean-Afrobeat vibe all in one. I see him winning a Grammy with this one man! The vocals are perfect!
This is a vibe!!!! This song just makes me want to be on an island with an ‘island ting’ drinking some lit cocktail looking out to the beach and and… Okay that’s enough. If you want to hear more of how this song makes me feel, you gotta come into my head.
This song shows his vocal maturity as an artist. He’s not just shouting ‘yeahh yeahh yeahh’, he held his own all through the track.
Picture perfect is an upbeat-chilled-slow whine kinda song. The hook ‘Whine up’ says it all. He’s starts out with English then breaks out into a little Yoruba towards the hook. ‘
Gbese ft. Trey Songz
Osheyyyyy, Gbese the Del B produced track has purely Afrobeat written all over it and sounds like the Wizkid from 2014 before International stardom. Reminds me of ‘Are you gonna dancee oo, If I show you the money‘. Trey songz surprisingly delivered on this track effortlessly!
Dirty Wine ft TY Dolla Sign
Oh yeah this was a perfect track to feature Ty dolla sign. This is a chart topping song, no bullshit. I see this song winning major pop awards globally (Mark my words). Wizkid is on some lyrical rhyming shit on this track (Girl in the morning when I’m yawning, girl it’s you i’m calling…). And Ty dolla sign did his thing as usual!
One for me ft TY Dolla Sign
Another Island vibe!! This is a rich track with matching vocals from both Wiz & Ty Dolla Sign, It’s perfect. I can’t wait for a video to this track to be honest.
Sexy was produced by Spellz and is definitely Fela-inspired. The back up vocals and the instrumentals, in short everything has Fela’s style written all over it. Whenever he does perform this at Fela’s shrine the people will go mad! Reminds me of Jaiye jaiye!
Naughty Ride ft Major Lazer
First off who would have ever thought of a Nigerian collaboration with Major Lazer. I didn’t know what to expect from this combination. This one issa hit, was already a hit before the album dropped. Wiz is talking about some chick called ‘Shade’ calling her ‘Omo to shan’ (meaning: fine girl) and telling her to ‘Ride, Naughty Ride’.
Come Closer ft Drake
We all know this song is a massive hit, need I say more? I reviewed the video previously on the blog. Click here to read the review.
African Bad Gyal ft Chris Brown
African Bad gyal was produced by the Almight Sarz! This was recorded in 2014 so it does sound like something we’ve heard before nonetheless it is timeless. Chris spoke some pidgin too. It’s a fire track with a little of that Azonto vibe. Wiz should just shoot a video for this already!
This track is pure Afrobeats! I’m so glad Wiz put this on the album so the International audience can hear more of where ‘Ojuelegba’ came from!
There we go that’s my not so biased review of ‘Sounds from the other side‘ 😉
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Author: MJ Junior
MJ Junior is the Creative Director for the TLM brand. He’s also an entrepreneur, model, Graphic designer and Fashion Enthusiast.
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