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Fireboy DML in 'Peru"

The 5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Fireboy DML, Juls, Adekunle Gold and more.

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.


Fireboy DML 'Peru'

The buzzing Fireboy DML rolls through with the new single "Peru" which follows up his excellent album, Apollo. The Shizzi-produced track, Fireboy's first official single of the year, is yet another earworm from the constantly rising Nigerian artist. Get into it above.

Juls ‘Wicked' ft. Sam Wise, Knucks & Kadiata 

British-Ghanaian hitmaker Juls drops another head-banger for your party playlist. In "Wicked," he connects with UKtalents like Sam Wise, Kadiata and Knucks for a smooth and celebratory track about someone who grabs your undivided attention. "This song is a blend of Funk Carioca, Azonto and Baile Funk," Juls mentions, "but it still has a very fresh British vibe to it whilst sounding very African at the same time."

Jeune Lio 'A Night In Cocody'

Ivory Coast-based Jeune Lio comes through with the eight-track EP, Night In Cocody. Throughout the release, the Cameroonian DJ blends sounds from across West and Francophone Africa to create some truly captivating vibes. The EP features appearances from Joochar (Kiff No Beat), Soukeïna Young, Magasco, Diane DDD, Stanley Enow and more.

Ayo Jay 'Paranoia'

Ayo Jay, who you probably know from "Your Number," drops another addictive jam in the shape of "Paranoia." He goes in over Caribbean-influenced beat in this highlight off his latest 5-song EP, Wonder Shall Never End.

Adekunle Gold 'Sinner' ft. Lucky Daye

Nigerian Afropop star Adekunle Gold comes through with the music video for his new single "Sinner," the latest taste from his upcoming album due this fall. In "Sinner," Adekunle goes in over a historical story of love and lust. "Weirdly, I was thinking about King David and Bathsheba's sexcapade and thought it'd make a beautiful song," he mentions The Marcel Akunwata-produced notably features Lucky Daye.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.


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Listen to Tems' New EP 'If Orange Was A Place'

The buzzing Nigerian is also announcing her signing to Since '93/RCA Records and her placement as Apple Music's Up Next artist.

Tems is striking while the iron's hot and sharing her new 5-song EP, If Orange Was A Place.

The new release comes a few days after she dropped its lead single, "Crazy Tings," an addictive and bounce-heavy track produced by Ghanaian beatmaker GuiltyBeatz.

If Orange Was A Place also features a single guest appearance from American singer Brent Faiyaz — who lends his vocals to "Found" — and production from Jonah Christian. It was mixed and mastered by Spax.

The new EP comes alongside the news that Tems has signed to Since '93/RCA Records and been announced as Apple Music's latest Up Next artist.

Tems has been a highly-buzzing name in the last month with her feature on Drake's Certified Lover Boy, in which she appears on the song "Fountains," and for the massive popularity of her single alongside Wizkid, "Essence," which recently got a Justin Bieber remix.

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