Welcome back to another top 5 obscure records being bumped in the Xilla household. These listicles should not be taking serious as far as them being on top of any special criteria or music industry chart. Here at the “Xilla House” we’re obsessive over good music, so we’ve made it our responsibility to scour the Earth for the next soul-grooving-sonic vibrations for your musical taste buds. If you have any songs you want AfroXilla to hear? Just send a link to @AfroXilla or our Editor and Chief @imdolo on twitter and it might make it on next week list.
Riky Rick Feat. Cassper Nyovest & Anatii – Fuseg
Fuseg, the first single off Riky Rick’s upcoming #BOSSZONKEFOREVER mixtape. Once the video for the Cassper Nyovest and Anati assisted track dropped, it surged straight to number one on the South African charts, towering over Western acts like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift.
Riky Rick – Boss Zonke
South Africa’s Riky Rick is having a great year. In early April he dropped his first album “Family Values” to great fanfare then he was awarded the Best Hip Hop Video at the 2015 MTV African Awards for “Nafukaw“.
BISHOP – Wild Horses
A close companion suggested that I listen to <a href="http://@thatgirlbishop_“>Bishop’s “Wild Horses” after she heard it on a car commercial, and I must say @SdotCperiod your radar is on point. “Wild Horses” sounds like what would happen if Kings of Leon collided with new wave edm trap music.
ABRA – ROSES
Three weeks ago, while working on SnSLookbook another blog site I manage. I came across “Roses” by ABRA in New York creative-fashionista Vashtie Puma video lookbook. ABRA is part of the new alternative sound coming out of ATL right now with the help of Awful records. Roses has a hard 90’s influence drum beat with a very melodic “young dumb love gone wrong” lyrics.
Iyanya – Applaudise
This man has the hits, first Kukere, Jombolo, Le Kwa Ukwu and now Applaudise, Iyanya is rare breed in Afrobeats scene. He’s a perfect example of the “the girls want and guys want to be him” model for an artist. The vocals on “Applaudise” is some of Iyanya strongest and the guitar selections by Dj Coublon liken to classic soukous grooves. Applauds all around.
For last week’s Top 5 list click here.