In the past years, Seyi Shay’s career has been greeted by a number of controversial moments; one of which was her infamous television blunder which ultimately is the inspiration behind the title of her just-released Electric Package EP.
Prior to the release of the project, the singer revealed to NET that the EP is partly a representation of her journey to self-acceptance and an attempt to establish a solid connection with her local (Nigeria/African) audiences. “It reflects my personal growth and the influences I have accommodated in recent years. I really wanted to connect more with the grassroots”, she disclosed.
This promise was decently delivered as scattered throughout the project, are musical varieties and proclamations of happiness – denoting freedom from public perception seen on the track ‘Alele’ which featured vocal contributions from Flavour and the opening track – ‘One Love’.’
“I’m making moves right now, living my life I’m on a cruise right now. Get freaky, get lose right now, free your mind, come make we booze right now”, she sang with carefreeness.
The Electric Package EP also holds an unignorable amount of messages of love, commitment, and submission. “I surrender baby, oh my heart and soul I give am to you. Oh my money, my heart and my soul”, Seyi chorused on the Kiss Daniel-assisted single ‘Surrender’ in which she also enlisted veteran Disc Jockey – DJ Neptune.
The sermon of love also continued on the third and fifth track which had Tanzania’s Vanessa Mdee and Nigeria’s DJ Cuppy on it. Worthy of note is the fact that every track on the EP enlisted a Disc Jockey, which by her revelation is both a marketing gimmick and an attempt to shine a light on DJs who in her words do not get appreciated enough. “DJs are really slept-on. They’re really the ones that help artistes to blow. So it made sense to team up with DJs – show them love and they’ll show you love”, she told NET.
Also very applaudable was her attempt to dance in the terrain of various local musical influences. Traditional Nigerian pop sounds, high life, Ghanaian influences and the buzzing South African Qgom sound seen on the closing track which features Nigerian street-hop act; Slim Case are part of the musical varieties offered on the EP.
Every track shows a respectable display of dexterity save for the Slim Case assisted single – D Vibe. Perhaps it was tad uptempo as it sounded as though Seyi was trying to hop on a moving bus. Although it is safe to say the said track is a harrowing musical chaos that leaves the ears terrified, one can find joy in the masterpieces that the rest of the EP accommodated.
With the Electric Package EP now out, indeed Seyi Shay has made a respectable statement of wholeness. One that frees her from the hold of stereotypes. It is a delicious musical buffet.
Stand out tracks; Alele ft Flavour, One Love ft DJ Spinall, Surrender ft Kiss Daniel and All I Ever Wanted ft King Promise.
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