Toronto-based alternative Afro fusion artist NOVA shares his new project S.T.A.Y II, the second installment of his music series of the same name. The 10-track project is a global ensemble of artists and producers, including Toye Aru, Fasina Bankyondeatz, Katasha J, Esquire, Goldkeys, Otee Beatz, Damie, Doozybeatz. The result is a mixed bag of sounds that take inspiration from the Alte music scene back in Lagos, Nigeria where Nova emerged, to the contemporary sounds of the city he now calls home, Toronto.
From the ethereal sensual track "Know What time it is" to the atmospheric vibes of "Apollo XI," NOVA delivers a range of styles blending Afropop elements on the former with futuristic R&B melodic runs on the latter. On "SuperNova" he makes use of a moody trap backdrop for his sultry harmonies while the feel-good energy of the Fasina assisted "Can't Complain" changes the brightness of the project. The fun doesn't stop there as we are treated to the sublime guitar-driven "Echoes Of Summer" where NOVA channels his inner Frank Ocean. NOVA holds it down for the most part with his unique melodic style and code-switching technique where he blends English with some Nigerian pidgin slangs and the features are far and in-between. Other notable cuts include the Katasha J assisted afropop jam "Precious Diamond" and the soul and trap vibes of "Chardonnay" featuring eSquire.
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