EP REVIEW: Ycee - "Love Drunk"

2 weeks ago

Nigerian rapper, singer and songwriter, Oludemilade Martin Alejo, who is professionally known as Ycee.

The former Sony Music and Tiny Entertainment artist, Ycee who now runs his own imprint ANBT teams up with OneRPM for a classic project tagged "Love Drunk".

The 7-tracks body of work featured DwillsHarmony and Patoranking was released on October 1st, 2021. "Love Drunk" is an adorable project released as a follow-up to Ycee's Ycee vs Zaheer released in 2019.

On Love Drunk, Ycee memorializes the differing phases of a blossoming romance with focused reflection. Eschewing the stylistic pluralism that defined 2019’s Ycee Vs Zaheer, the Afro-fusion star settles on a minimalist pairing of neo-R&B and Afrobeats influences that complement his breezy lyrics, creating an immersive universe built around electro-influenced beats (“Abeg”) and smoky drums (“Anymore”). Across the project, Ycee (Oludemilade Martin Alejo) details his storytelling with pointed clarity, pondering forgiveness on “My Ways” while gently riding the smooth waves of “Intentionally” to promise total devotion to a romantic interest and celebrating the warmth of love with a funky essence on “West Indies”.

The mood here grows more intense, giving way to the braggadocious confidence of “Nu Riddim” and a sweltering reunion between Ycee and Patoranking (“Aunty Lovina”) that closes out the project. Ycee’s soothing voice is at its most urgent, guiding a sonic odyssey that meanders between the grieving ache of heartbreak, the lonesome anxieties of separation, and, ultimately, the bliss of reconciliation.

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  • Anymore, a mid-tempo vibe performed by Ycee is one of my favourite songs on this project. Ycee's vocals perfectly suit the adorable instrumental produced by Smyley.

  • According to Ycee, Abeg is his favourite jam on this extended play. The song produced by Adey is a soothing sensual melody.

  • In My Ways , Ycee featured his longtime friend, DwillsHarmony in this danceable mid-tempo jam produced by ATG. Ycee writes a love letter to his mysterious babe on this record. The sound is something new and yet relatable.

  • Here is another banging tune off this project. I am confident you will love this one. Intentionally is a mid-tempo groovy melody.

  • Looking for an emotional song to chill? Ycee's West Indies is that jam for you. The R&B elements on this record are something that needs to be talked about.

  • Nu Riddim is one of the singles on this project. It is that beautiful record with reoccurring bedroom melodies that is soothing.

  • Aunty Lovina featuring Patoranking is surely the firetune on this extended play. It's an adorable tune produced by C-Tea.

RATING

Lyrics - 4/5

Production - 4/5

Performance - 3/5

AVERAGE RATING - 3.5/5

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