Boomkat Product Review:
Fresh as hell ‘cruise’ or ‘freebeats’ from Lagos, Nigeria; deploying heat-seeking screwed TikTok memes x Afrobeats x Amapiano = pure fire for the streetrave - on the indomitable Nyege Nyege Tapes.
Serving a strong dose of Naija meme culture focussed on the scene’s wildcard, DJ Tobzy Imole Giwa, ‘Cruise Beat Album’ racks up 13 hot shots of cruise / freebeats direct from the source. Fairly comparable with parallels in Amapiano’s log drum trills, Afrobeats’ treacly melodies, P. Adrix’ swingeing Kuduro, and even Venezuelan Raptor house across the Atlantic, it’s the wild sound of the trenches, catalysing dutty whines and the baddest dancing in Lagos right now.
Thanks to the keen ears of NNT, currently readying an overproof 2022 festival edition, the sound makes its introductions to many here, spanning frenetic shards of quick-trot techno spiced with dark choral stabs and road chat on ‘Mi O like Wahala’ to crowing roosters, percolated arps and tumbling toms in ‘Cruise Beat’ thru to the glyding keys and sped-up Durban styles in big album highlight ‘Majo (Amapiano)’, all built to bang in rave situations.
Tik Tok is evidently a rich sample source and medium for rhythmic communications in Lagos, classic West African style. We hear that in effect on the diced samples in prime chop-up ‘Anobi Trabye’, laced with darkside choral stabs, and with killer autotune vocal processing in ‘Fela 2 - Omo Ope’, with more trance-inducing appeal on the floating tension of ‘Gegegeta remix’, leaving us snagged on the killer Afrobeats hooks in ‘omo oldie beat’.