The Nigerian, Lagos based singer Oxlade with real name Ikuforiji Abdulrahman Olaitan currently one of the young new acts tagged to change the face of the Nigerian and African Music Industry.
Oxlade study Historical and International Relations at Lagos State University (LASU) where he was known for his love for music and he was assigned to Knostra Music & Substrate Music.
Since his debut and the raw passion that followed after, Oxlade’s grip on success has been getting stronger by way of even more solid affiliations and outstanding features that have made him a favorite in an industry heavily saturated with rookies. This month, he moves to build on his already solid presence with his debut EP titled Oxygene, a compilation of love ballads for his leading lady split with a metaphorical ode to his come up.
First off, I personally think that it is about time Oxlade releases an album in the place of an Extended Playlist, having released two EPs in the past. If he is testing the waters to see how his album fares, then two EPs are enough to release a full album.
In this new EP, Oxlade justifies why he’s still the most promising upcoming artiste in the industry right now. The 6-track EP is a real delight to my eardrums as;
Firstly, Kokose brings that Afropop groove to the table and it is hot. There’s no way you won’t be tempted to move your body. The line “Show me your kokose” will no doubt remind you of the 2014 Kokose song by Sound Sultan and Wizkid. Oxlade shows that his beautiful voice can be utilized for more than singing about love and the beauty of a woman. The song is that vibe for the party.
In Away, Oxlade does something spectacular. The Afropop song is definitely going to receive massive airplay. The drum pattern already makes you want to move your feet. Add the piano and the guitar and there is no way you are not bobbing your head. When Oxlade’s voice come on, you already know this is a made track.
In Hold On, Oxlade tells his fans that when it comes to songwriting, he never disappoints. His ‘obsession’ with love which should be frustrating actually makes the song more beautiful. Perhaps, a feature with Joeboy might give this song everything. When Tables Turn came up, I thought it was Reekado Banks at first. Oxlade sounds too similar to him on this track, which I fear might be problematic for the young artiste. Although, as the song goes on you realize that it is Oxlade but that initial resemblance can be frightening.
Weakness after Kokose is my favorite track. I particularly like the story the singer is trying to paint and the production by Lush is magical. It seems like an effortless track.
In conclusion, Oxlade shows that he is indeed ready to take the world by storm and become a household name.