Fave is on the verge of becoming everyone favourite with her exploration on ‘Riddim 5’
Obviously, she was a bag of talent doing cartwheels in the land of musical brilliance and here is Fave is on the verge of becoming everyone favourite with her exploration on ‘Riddim 5’
Her biggest asset was her contralto/mezzo-soprano voice type, which sometimes veers towards subtle bass.
While she seemed destined for the Alternative, R&B or PR&B world, she has slowly found her sound in the Caribbean, by way of African pop and R&B.
Either due to her talent, what she consumes or due to months of practice, she seems to be a master at it. By way of her double-edged, but slightly underwhelming feature on Olamide’s UY Scuti, she introduced a different side to herself.
But with ‘Baby Riddim,’ she struck gold. It almost felt like she was Moses, who struck the rock speculatively, and produced an endless supply of water.
The record threw these observations in the air;
- It took Fave away from the land of lyrical depth, which sometimes hampered female-led Afro-pop.
- The record was a minimalistic approach to lyrically blend a production at the intersection of three genres. She said some relatable things with the greatest ease.
- The song excelled because it wasn’t overproduced in any way.
- Its content opened Fave to a young adult fanbase, who became more than just listeners. She was like the Nigerian version of the teenage sensation in 90’s American pop music, making dreamy pop music about love and romance, but with subtle allusions to sex and intimacy.
- That sound also has international appeal. She’s from a country that’s currently the global obsession for sound and style. Why not explore it further?
Fave and her team have gone a step further in that exploration. Her debut body of work is titled Riddim 5.
Like ‘Baby Riddim,’ her EP is filled with records rooted in Dancehall/Bashment, by way of R&B and percussive Afro-pop elements, which also reflect in chord progressions.
Sometimes, pockets of Fave’s delivery lean towards subtle patois. In a way, her exploration of Caribbean pop echoes Swae Lee in 2017/2018.
Her effortless coast through the sound echoes distant similarities with Ruger, but without the sexual innuendos and profanity.
The title is also a nod to the EP’s length and brand of danceable pop, which it contains.
Across five tracks, Fave is dreamy and giddy, as her tales share sentiments of the earliest days of teenage romance.
While she occasionally aims to portray herself as grown, she takes on love subtly reveal her age. And therein lies the appeal of her music.
Valentine’s day is approaching. People are usually reflective about their personal life between January 1 and February 14 – even more so this year.
It feels like everybody is obsessed with relationships and love, strengthening the hold of Justin Laboy and the Spiritual Word on pop culture.
Thus, the music is perfectly-timed, with the right message of carefree belief in love.
What Fave excels at is portraying herself as a modern woman: Gen Z woman, groomed by elements of feminism, to the exclusion of the classic portrayal of womanhood. She isn’t afraid to take control or demand intimacy.
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Mp3bullet gives the EP 75% (Good) general rating