On Rotation: Songs You Need in Your Life This Week

On Rotation: Songs You Need In Your Life This Week 

Bringing you a weekly selection of ten songs that simply must take up permanent residence in your playlists. Tracks for you to have On Rotation and rotate your waist to.

1. Yung D3mz – Fever 

The first single off his upcoming EP, Yung D3mz brings us a beautifully crafted afro-fusion track about the complexities of love. Amidst one pandemic where you can lose your sense of taste, we have another: being so lovesick you lose all senses… like a fever. With visuals inspired by 80s movies, we see the narrative of acute first date play out but most importantly the main idea that the best romantic love is firstly built on the foundation of friendship.

2. Rema – Soundgasm

‘Another banga’ for real. A true euphoric audio experience from start to finish, Rema has unlocked new sound frequencies with the vibrations emanating from this one: lyrics, rhythms, melodies – all infectious. With the track set to appear on his debut album, you can definitely expect a Parental Advisory warning because when Rema said “Netflix is not what [he] came here for”, he was not talking about Amazon Prime either!

3. Ama Adem – Faded

Bringing together soulful melodies and dance rhythms, Ama delivers the perfect track to indeed take you far away. For those of us that can not travel this summer, instead tap into this cruise of sweet and safe love that leaves you faded. A gentler groove, you can just close your eyes and be transported by Ama’s mellifluous vocals.

4. Lojay & Sarz – Tonongo

One of those tracks you have to reload from the first few lines, what do we get into first? The heavy bass and drums, the dark and moody visuals, Lojay’s sensual vocals, the stellar production? Sonically refreshing in a scene saturated with similar sounds, Sarz is bringing something new to afro-fusion production with this track. Off the collaboration EP, LV N ATTN the whole tape, in fact, remains on heavy rotation.

5. Little Simz – Rollin Stone

The third track unveiled from her upcoming album, the London rapper might as well be a dragon at this point, with the amount of fire she consistently spits over these beats. One of the most ambitious and out-there tracks we have heard from Little Simz, she is definitely in her experimental bag. And the flow switch up mid-track?: outrageous. This album couldn’t come soon enough.

6. Avit – Cantona

Providing the anthem to a summer of love, with groovy rhythms, Avit brings together feel-good lyrics and party visuals which set up the perfect backdrop to this summer. Infusing soulful and jazzy elements, the simple but effective bounce makes this song a great ideal addition to any playlist all summer.

7. July 7- Slow Motion

This talented Manchester-based artist continuously supplies us with these smooth, addictive Afropop tracks. Warming us up with his first track release of 2021, our waistlines feel newly adjusted. The dancehall-influenced sound and sweet melodies accompanied by playful visuals set the tone for getting lost in the laidback moments of cool summer nights. 

8. L.A.X. & Davido – PEPE

The two Afrobeats legends team up to deliver an infectious jam. The first we have heard from L.A.X this year, since releasing his sophomore album ‘Zaza Vibes’, he kicks starts his 2021 off with a banger. A track to dominate the dance floors all summer, PEPE’s vibrant, flashy visuals really drive this message of enjoyment home. My only request is that the mandem with money need to be front and center, please and thanks. 

9. Focalistic & Mr JazziQ featuring Lady Du, Mellow & Sleazy – Gupta

It is impossible to compile such a list and not include an amapiano track. Their infectious rhythms by nature demand you to get up and dance. Production is top tier, as to be expected, and every single one of these guys did not disappoint. Sealing the hit with Lady Du’s accompanying vocals, Gupta is a certified bop. If I could put the heart eye emoji here, I would. Get me to an amapiano event right now.

10. Blaq Diamond featuring Dumi Mkokstad – Messiah 

A beautiful gospel song that talks about extending gratitude to the Messiah for his goodness and love through the medium of song and dance. In the visuals we see Blaq Diamond showing love to indigenous South African churches, giving the song this lovely community feel. And with Dumi’s verse, a breath of fresh air, I simply cannot get enough of this blessed blissful track.

 

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