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Moelogo – Íréti EP

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Positivity is where this work stands out. Via reflection, listeners are energized by the lyrics, and entertained by the diverse, lush sounds.

Extended Play- “Íréti

Artiste- Moelogo

After relocating to London from Lagos, Moelogo has constantly flown the flag of Afrobeat in the . He does that via a shrewd understanding of the percussion-heavy patterns of Afrobeat.

On the back of a breakthrough 2015, which culminated in him being nominated for ‘Best African Act’ at the MOBO , and ‘Diaspora Artist of the Year’ at the NEA , with collaborations with , Wretch 32, Avelino, Sneakbo, and Geko among others, The British Nigerian artist is proud to debut his long-awaited highly anticipated sophomore EP.

Íréti” comes in 2016 as a fitting opener to his year. Moelogo, who possesses a rich flexible versatile voice, starts off with some refreshing synth and kicks where he croons about giving love to his love interest. Some stimulating horn arrangements launch Some say which swiftly becomes a prayer and thanksgiving. There’s a shrewd fusion of joyful percussion fused over claps, and drum patterns. That gives a cool vibe, on a topic that many will embrace.

Some chant samples and a nostalgic traditional feel comes in as rattles in ‘Penkele, which morphs into a Trap twist. The theme here is still on the personal, with God still thrown in to offer reflection. The chants of ‘Penkele’ wrap it up. Everything calms down and the tempo is decreased for more.

The project gets its title from the Yoruba word for “hope”—a sentiment that serenades all over the final song ‘Ireti’ a triumphant power ballad which would sit at home in Nigeria. That’s the point of the EP, as Moelogo himself says to American publication The Fader magazine: “This Ìréti EP is all about hope—having faith, not believing in failure and just having a positive outlook on life, despite whatever reality you’re faced with,” Moelogo explained.

Positivity is where this work stands out. Via reflection, listeners are energized by the lyrics, and entertained by the diverse, lush sounds.

Rating – 3/5

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