Rising Nigerian recording artist Oxlade releases his brand new EP Oxygene this week – a slick, 6-track collection of vibrant and dynamic songs all guaranteed to get you in the mood for summer 2020!
Featuring production credits from the likes of Nigerian super producers Spax, Dera, Lussh and Echo, as well as Britain’s very own Nosa Apollo – the EP also sees Oxlade team up with British-Nigerian singer Moelogo on the stand-out track, Tables Turn – an introspective, melodic, soulful bop that lyrically calls for us all to always be kind, and understanding of one another, despite our differences and misgivings.
With it’s timeless sound, captivating lyrics and eclectic mix of contrasting musical genres (afrobeat, hip-hop, country, R&B), all succinctly linked together by Oxlade’s distinctive, soulful vocals, Oxygene gives fans flavour, emotive layers and ALL the feels, as the Lagos-based musician, digs deep, speaks his truth and bares his soul for the whole world to see.
“Music is the air that I breathe, which is why the EP is named Oxygene.” Oxlade explains. “There’s a play on words in there too, with the Oxy’ being my nickname, and with the biological ‘gene’, I’m letting out a part of myself to the world which contains love, consciousness and pain.”
Take a listen to Oxygene by Oxlade below:
Born and raised in the well-known Mushin area of Lagos, and later going on to study History & International Relations at Lagos State University, Oxlade started his musical journey as a choir boy, before turning to Soundcloud as a platform to share his music – with the hopes of reaching a more diverse and much larger audience.
Following the release of his debut single Shugar back in 2018, and follow up tracks Sing (with Fireboy DML) and Mamiwota (with Blaqbonez) as well as featured collaborations with acts such as Reekado Banks and DJ Tunez – Oxlade has amassed quite the loyal following over the last few years, with his unique style and sound striking a chord with fans the world over.
On a mission to become one of the biggest music exports from Nigeria and the continent, and with the promise of more new music, visuals and explosive live performances throughout 2020, it looks like Oxlade is well on his way to reaching all of his goals!