Joey Akan

Critic

Nigeria

Joey Akan is a Category Editor at Pulse. An Award-winning writer, presenter, poet and music critic, Joey leans on the crazy aspects of journalism with a unique skill-set.

Aphrodija EP

Date: 15 Dec 2017 Category: Music
9.0 Rating
The problem with Di’Ja isn’t that she doesn’t have talent. It’s simply the application of it that has prevented her from soaring. You could feel it manifest in bits and spurt, feel it rear its pretty head in some records. And when she performs live, it flourishes. But it hasn’t grown to the level that is expected of it. That anticipation to see Mavin Records singer bloom and thrive is slowly giving way to resignation, but she isn’t ...

Black Magic

Date: 15 Dec 2017 Category: Music
5.0 Rating
How long can Yemi Alade continue down this path of mid-level music? How long can we all have to endure seeing such a talent be dumbed down to a point where there is nothing but tasteless attempts to make ‘African pop music’? For the better part of three years, Yemi Alade has created and sustained a special brand of traditional pop culture dominance by attempting to create a brand of music of traditional African music. But it has created a ...

Ojekoo EP

Date: 15 Dec 2017 Category: Music
9.0 Rating
This isn’t the Juls that you know. This is different. It’s a version of the producer that we have waited this long to experience. We were first introduced to Juls via Mr Eazi. The producer crafted the sound that powered the Banku Music singer across Ghana to Africa and the world. And to properly document that, Juls made an EP – “Leap Of Faith” – which properly curated and presented the sound. He is back this time, a new man with ...

High Star

Date: 24 Nov 2017 Category: Music
7.0 Rating
Yung6ix is the best Nigerian rapper to ever walk these streets and hit these mics. At least that’s how he sees it in his head. If you follow Yung6ix on social media, it’s a lesson in self-confidence. Open his mind, and you will discover he’s the Sango of flows, the Zeus of punch lines, and the Thor of hit records. It can be a beautiful thing to see, but sometimes (I mean many times), it’s maddening when you compare it with his status in t ...

What Happens in Lagos

Date: 24 Nov 2017 Category: Music
8.0 Rating
Ajebutter22 is a special artist. He is one of the best who has made vibes and laziness an art form, scoring delightful fan-favourites along the way as he delves into the surface of our human experience to create music. While his debut album “Anytime Soon” failed to critically come alive, enthusiasts stuck with him because the talent was evident. It was simply a work in progress, feeling its way to its final form. We have an upgrade to it r ...

Lagos Nawa!

Date: 14 Nov 2017 Category: Music
7.0 Rating
The musical maestro narrows his vision to his home city, where love, hustle and celebration dominate. For Olamide, nothing ever happens twice. 7 albums and counting, and there’s always a fresh take on the music. He serves something different every time, and the menu, never stays the same when you sit at his table. Each of his albums in his 8-year career has been different, but distinctly true to his style. 2011’s “Rapsodi” was an in ...

27

Date: 27 Oct 2017 Category: Music
7.0 Rating
Three albums in four years. That’s the summary of Falz’s career so far. The comic and rapper, is quietly putting in the work, focusing on his music, churning out records. Falz hit a new high with 2015’s “Stories That Touch.” That album and its singles moved him from talented outlier to pop star. And he has continued to raise the bar. A collaboration album with Simi added a new layer to his art, which he is pushing through with more m ...

This Is Me

Date: 30 Oct 2017 Category: Music
7.0 Rating
Niniola’s debut album is a game of two halves, The first is a fresh take on R&B, soft rock, reggaeton and the latter contains a collection of unrestrained synth-based Afro-House music. She flows through both parts with ease and finesse. Early highlights arrive in the shape of the thankful soft-rock ‘Moyo’, and the impressive breathing R&B offering of ‘Oyin’, where the young singer becomes reborn in the guitars, and string tog ...

Better Late Than Never (BLTN)

Date: 13 Oct 2017 Category: Music
7.0 Rating
Welcome to Yung L’s mind. Welcome to a world of Caribbean-themed party dance, shaking butts, sexy women, wild parties, and a comedown of self-reflection mostly delivered in Naija-patois. Four years ago, Yung L had a big hit. ‘SOS’, his record produced by Chopstix introduced him to a wider pop audience. He dined out on that record, performing at many concerts and prepping himself up for the next level. That level never came. Subsequent ...

Magic

Date: 13 Oct 2017 Category: Music
7.0 Rating
From his days in DRB Lasgidi, BOJ has always displayed a special skillset. He is the king of the mellow melody, with a distinct vocal and delivery that stood him out, and earned him recognition and respect. BOJ was different. He represented a cool alternative to the pop loop on radio, and people naturally gravitate to ‘different’. In 2013, BOJ released a mixtape, “#BOTM (Boj on the Microphone)” which saw some success. He has recorded w ...