“For Your Love” extended play is Iyanya‘s first official output for the year, it holds 4 beautiful songs which includes “Over You,” “Believe,” “RM 305” and “Days Gone.” It comes after the release of his previous record tagged “Ijeoma” featuring DMW’s very own vibe machine, Peruzzi. On February 21, 2020, Nigerian singer, Iyanya released his long touted EP, ‘For Your Love.’ Promotion for the EP commenced in the final quarter of 2019 and a listening party held at Boomplay’s former HQ. The EP has dropped and objectively it’s actually better than a lot of people will care to admit. In fact, it’s impressive – the only problem with the EP as a body of work is its length which makes it slightly hard to pass judgement. This EP passes for an unexpected delivery from Iyanya and here is a brief breakdown of the songs comprised in this EP;
• Over you marks the beginning of this short journey; ‘For Your Love’. Basically, the song is hypothetically the wishful thinking that accompanies a bad break-up. Iyanya being the character in play doesn’t seem to get over his heartthrob stating in his words: ‘I can’t get over you’. This piece is unarguably my favourite track off this EP as Iyanya succeeds in rendering his lyrics under such sonic ambience. This track for some reason traces back to Justin Bieber’s ‘sorry’ and I personally feel it has an affiliation with some of it’s sound effects. It’s a really sincere and beautiful track.
• Believe follows right after on this extended play. ‘Believe’ feels like something birthed between Nigeria and Eastern Africa. While the former track was a post-break-up number, this one is an ode to a beautiful woman who is driving Iyanya crazy. Iyanya proves that he has obviously moved on from his former relationship which caused him heartbreak and is now tuned to a new radio station. Iyanya leads us on a plot.
• Room 305 shows off a zanku-beat which is undoubtedly brilliant on its own which also accompanies xylophone melodies for something incredible. What Iyanya does is simply allow the beat flourish while he finds pockets in the beat that are good enough for him to shine – and he excels as we’ve always known him for. This is yet another good song.
• Days Gone ends this beautiful piece and it exposes the Iyanya we were once familiar with, I mean the Iyanya who had just won The MTN Project Fame and released ‘They Don’t Know’. Iyanya stylishly shows off his vocal prowess on this one as we’ve also “missed the good old days” in line with his musical journey. With ‘Days Gone,’ we are back to the mellow rhythm. Iyanya “misses the good old days” in his relationship and he’s not afraid to talk about it.
This EP feels like a diary of Iyanya’s relationship gone sour. With it, Iyanya reminisces the good and the bad times – if I’m right. Its best trait is it’s production – it didn’t falter once. Iyanya does brilliantly not to suffocate the beats even once but I think the only flaw to this is its length. We are in an era where artists can do anything they want, but Iyanya should have made it longer and this EP would have been amazing. Kudos to the Kukere crooner!