Show Dem Camp embodies the beauty of Palm Wine Music [Review]January 12, 2018
We first discovered the palm wine vibes with Feel Alright. That set the precedent, and opened us up to a new sound. The project represents escaping the stress of Lagos life, it’s oneness with nature, chilling with friends, a beautiful woman and ultimately just a happy place.
The ‘happy weekend’ crooning rap tag team, Show Dem Camp; made up of Tec and Ghost, show another side of their musical mind with Palmwine Music Vol 1. The 7-track EP offers diverse elements of sounds from Hip-Hop, House, Afrobeat & Highlife genres, resonating with beautiful African percussion instruments and an overall feel-good vibe in its entirety. The reference point for the creative approach to the tape is their 2013 hit single, Feel Alright; it was a unique song with arousing verses and sweet instrumentation. In many ways, it was ahead of its time; as Ghanaian producer, Juls birthed a sound that was very different from the other songs on Nigerian airwaves at the time: fusing the cheery vibe of highlife sound with the bouncy nature of hip-hop. Speaking about their new EP the duo said in their press release “We first discovered the palm wine vibes with Feel Alright. That set the precedent, and opened us up to a new sound. The project represents escaping the stress of Lagos life, it’s oneness with nature, chilling with friends, a beautiful woman and ultimately just a happy place.” Feel Alright marked a defining moment in the growth of the SDC sound; its formula was a catchy hook, snappy African percussion instruments, energetic live instrumentation mixed with digital sound production and delightful raps which also serves as the winning combo in the creation of Palmwine Music Vol.1.
With well deserved credit to Spax – the sole producer of the entire project, SDC starts up the EP with a rustic sound filled with African drums with soulful singer, Funbi, on an enchanting hook that urges the listener to quickly catch their vibe on opening track Up 2 You. The project has a melodious flow from start to finish with a somewhat playfully profound skit Wahala Skit in between that addresses the ‘men are scum’ narrative that is very popular on social media. Ajebutter22 joins SDC in appreciating the beautiful, independent ladies on Independent. Rapper, LadiPoe makes a guest appearance on She Wants More kicking off the song with an enthralling verse before Tec & Ghost come in with verses that sit well over a blooming classic beat. It is worth mentioning that Ghost ups the ante by delivering a verse which could arguably be the standout verse of the tape. Popping Again puts the icing on the cake; it’s a song that alludes their journey to success in the music industry and it features Boj & Odunsi. House-infused What You Want featuring Tomi Thomas and Compose featuring Boj completes this glossy ensemble of songs.
The sounds on Palmwine Music are euphonious to the ear. It is a collection of songs that act as wipes for the memory, helping to forget the anxieties that come with living in an industrious city. It highlights some major point of interests that we find therapeutic in relieving stress. These points of interests include parties, beautiful ladies and, above all, palmwine or just alcohol generally. With this E.P, they have succeeded in embodying the beauty of Highlife, its versatility and have exemplified the West African music genre that is Palm-wine music; by not necessarily sticking strictly to the sound elements of its true origins but by conjuring the same feeling it arouses in listeners. At 23 minutes, the direction of the tape is concise and its execution is mind-blowing, it is one of those tapes you wish will never end.