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Skales Returns to the Game With ‘Sweet Distractions’

The seasoned afropop act shares his latest studio album featuring Davido, Rotimi, and more.

Skales isn’t a new name in the Nigerian music industry. Since his official debut in 2011 as one of the pioneer signees of Banky W-led label Empire Mates Entertainment, Skales has been a solid staple in the global afrobeats scene, having dropped six projects and several chart topping afrobeats singles over the span of his decade-plus long career.

It’s been four years since Skales’ last full-length project, the 17-track Mr Love, which was released in July 2018. Now he’s finally ready and pumped to release his fourth studio album, Sweet Distractions. Sweet Distractions marks Skales’ complete return to active participation in the music industry, and it’s a robust body of work. Boasting 14 tracks with features from the likes of Blaqbonez, indigenous rapper Zoro, afrobeats superstar Davido, Ghanaian afro-dancehall singer Stonebwoy, American singer Rotimi, Nigerian comic choir Kabusa Oriental Choir and more, the album is a well-rounded representation of where Skales is at in life and musically.

Hopping out from the middle of a spirited studio session to take our call, the heavy bass comes to a muffled silence as the studio door closes behind him. His demeanor seems contented and optimistic, and you can tell he’s excited about the body of work he’s about to put out. “I was discovering myself again,” he says. “I probably cancelled this album so many times and started again. Just because I felt like what I put out next should be special, and I believe this is special”.

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