REMA : days of Rave & Roses (& of course Bangers)

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After releasing a handsome Greatest Hits collection’s worth of banging hits over the past three years, starting with “Dumebi” in early 2019, Benin City Big Boy Rema (he could have stuck with ‘Divine Ikubor’ and it still would have been perfect), has finally dropped his debut album, and it is a treat!

the hits you already know and love:
“Soundgasm”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrTkERuwdCc
“Calm Down”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQLsdm1ZYAw

he has helpfully tagged several of the new tracks as “Another Banger!” - earmarked as future singles perhaps? These are: “Time N Affection” (with Chris Brown), “Jo”:
“Mara”, “Are You There?” and “Carry".

This album is amazing from start to finish, but I think my early fav is “Oroma Baby”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD65ycRvD04

“Wine” with Yseult is a wonderful love duet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkLEZOJYzwM

God, the strings on some of these tracks!

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 25 March 2022 14:35 (six months ago) link

good work breastcrawl, I'm only on track 7 and was like "I should start a thread for this as soon as it's over"

rob, Friday, 25 March 2022 14:37 (six months ago) link

the production is consistently astounding! I am mad about the hidden text feature though (song was maybe skippable though?)

rob, Friday, 25 March 2022 14:38 (six months ago) link

other artists would kill for some of the tossed-off melodies on here (the outro on Mara)

rob, Friday, 25 March 2022 14:39 (six months ago) link

ok LONDON is a genius. I was worried about the 1hr length, but now I want this to never end

rob, Friday, 25 March 2022 14:47 (six months ago) link

wow stunning album. immediately up there with African Giant and Made In Lagos for my personal naija canon

rob, Friday, 25 March 2022 15:14 (six months ago) link

hear hear - funny, I thought of ‘canon’ just now as well, but in the context of all those big singles of his. all part of the Afropop canon.

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 25 March 2022 15:32 (six months ago) link

…up to and including the oh so recent “Calm Down”

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 25 March 2022 15:35 (six months ago) link

“Oromo Baby” is some next level shit

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 25 March 2022 15:44 (six months ago) link

yeah I've been excited about Rema since "Dumebi" and the beautiful "Calm Down" was super promising, but I was not remotely expecting something this end-to-end gorgeous

I'll need to listen again to start picking favorites, but I do recall loving Oromo

rob, Friday, 25 March 2022 15:51 (six months ago) link

this isn't a real complaint or anything, but FYN might be one of the weakest tracks? Idk maybe it's just me, but I feel like the UK-rapper-feature hit rate on afrobeats tracks is surprisingly low

rob, Friday, 25 March 2022 15:53 (six months ago) link

I like “FYN”… fyne, and it’s still growing on me considerably every time I hear it, but I don’t really consider it part of his run of perfect singles, I see it as an appetizer for the album. no Another Banger! tag, no glory!

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 25 March 2022 16:33 (six months ago) link

cheers for the rec, very much enjoying this walking about on this beautiful day

nxd, Friday, 25 March 2022 17:00 (six months ago) link

Very consistent and competent, exceedingly pleasant, I like all the songs, and a few times in its own dimension. Strikes a good balance between mellow and infectious. Strong Wizkid influence in the music on Hold Me and Dirty. On the other side, synths are a good direction for the genre, I'd like to hear more things in the style of Addicted or Carry. I found that Calm Down was strong as a single. Definitely agree on Oroma Baby :) I really like Jo as well.

Nabozo, Friday, 25 March 2022 17:27 (six months ago) link

fantastic

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 25 March 2022 17:43 (six months ago) link

Don’t sleep on FYN - it sounds designed to open the UK marker big time for him. It’s just another vibe and will probably sound great in the summer. Anyway, this is my favourite album in a while. Such endless hooks and melodies!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 25 March 2022 22:18 (six months ago) link

market, dyac

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 25 March 2022 22:18 (six months ago) link

There is a rema album and I will definitely listen to it

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Saturday, 26 March 2022 02:23 (six months ago) link

"carry" is so good

ufo, Saturday, 26 March 2022 05:39 (six months ago) link

“carry,” “addicted,” “oroma baby,” “runaway” with those strings. really good

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Saturday, 26 March 2022 18:34 (six months ago) link

this is great stuff. i will be the first to admit i didn't think he had this in him. i slept hard on "soundgasm" last year, sheesh.

i'm surprised you guys are so lukewarm on "FYN"... that's one of my favorites. the string arrangements on there are excellent to me & i like how the album kind of crescendos by working this sort of orchestral afrobeats sound into a radio pop song. i do think he pulls it off, there's some great bits in that song, it doesn't feel perfunctory to me. the funny part to me is when AJ tracey comes in to do his regal rick ross style guest verse except he has a british accent.

this is high praise from me but honestly while listening to this i was thinking that if you imagined a venn diagram where the-dream love vs money overlapped w/ made in algos, this album would be somewhere near the center

J0rdan S., Monday, 28 March 2022 22:31 (six months ago) link

made in lagos

made in algos would certainly be a good name for someone's album tho....

J0rdan S., Monday, 28 March 2022 22:32 (six months ago) link

"fyn" is as good as anything else here

ufo, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 01:40 (six months ago) link

First impression on first listen: Some excellent mid tempo Afrobeats with a good handful of interesting moments scattered throughout. Chris Brown can fuck off. Nothing on here as fun and thrilling as "Bounce" but I guess that's an outlier

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 08:02 (six months ago) link

Yep, sounds good on first listen. Not crazy about Rema vocals on "FYN" but like the strings & Brit AJ Tracy guest vocals

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 11:19 (six months ago) link

fwiw FYN has grown a lot on me. As a single it felt a little undercooked, but within such a lush album I'm finding its airier atmosphere refreshing

rob, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 13:00 (six months ago) link

I didn't realize on first listen that "Divine" narrates the story of Rema's own birth, which is amazing and makes this the first afropop album to remind me of Tristram Shandy

rob, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 13:47 (six months ago) link

re: J0rd - that venn diagram is MY venn diagram.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 30 March 2022 21:43 (six months ago) link

after Jordan had planted that seed I couldn’t help hearing The-Dream in “Addicted”

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 30 March 2022 21:54 (six months ago) link

This albums is tremendous

Tim F, Thursday, 31 March 2022 05:30 (six months ago) link

after Jordan had planted that seed I couldn’t help hearing The-Dream in “Addicted”

― celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Wednesday, March 30, 2022 2:54 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

addicted is the synthwave/afrobeat crossover i didnt know i needed.

jammin on the dud (Spottie), Thursday, 31 March 2022 21:27 (six months ago) link

That one also makes me think of Rae Sremmurd, somewhat abstractly

rob, Thursday, 31 March 2022 21:45 (six months ago) link

yeah for sure in the vocal style

jammin on the dud (Spottie), Thursday, 31 March 2022 21:50 (six months ago) link

still can't get over little things on this like the transition between the first two tracks

ufo, Thursday, 14 April 2022 13:01 (five months ago) link

still can't get over little things on this like the transition between the first two tracks


that opening 1-2 with the transition is really great. fantastic album.

Fizzles, Thursday, 14 April 2022 13:52 (five months ago) link

No BNM this time (Apollo) but Pitchfork thinks it's a 7.2
https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/rema-rave-and-roses/

Nabozo, Wednesday, 20 April 2022 10:16 (five months ago) link

So it's at least as good as the new Wet Leg :P

Nabozo, Wednesday, 20 April 2022 10:18 (five months ago) link

GENRE: Pop/R&B / Global


and they said ‘world music’ was a dated concept

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 20 April 2022 10:36 (five months ago) link

meanwhile, this is Rema’s current top-streaming song on Spotify:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrcWrdRy3uE
Robinson ft. Jason Derulo & Rema • Ayo Girl (Fayahh Beat)

(thought at first Rema got the credit purely for his ‘Another Banger’ tag and it would be just a TikTok-humpin’ Derulo affair)

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 20:47 (five months ago) link

four weeks pass...

latest video is for “Are You There”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw9VhFMOIIY

“Oroma Baby” is still my go-to track on this album.

also, “Calm Down” is fast becoming a mainstream pop hit for him in… France.

butt-mooning is a polysemous word, hoss! (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 24 May 2022 19:30 (four months ago) link

For those who want a good Rema feature, there is this song from Ladipoe's solid Providence EP (Nov. 2021) and which now has a video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dfbufha1oM4

Nabozo, Sunday, 29 May 2022 15:31 (four months ago) link

Rema stretching the parameters of what constitutes a feature here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4RRYGI-GdY
Gerilson Insrael ft. Rema • Dance

butt-mooning is a polysemous word, hoss! (breastcrawl), Friday, 10 June 2022 06:09 (three months ago) link

(Gerilson is Angolan btw)

butt-mooning is a polysemous word, hoss! (breastcrawl), Friday, 10 June 2022 07:05 (three months ago) link

Mara mind melt:

🦇🌴 https://t.co/C7hkJMROAi

— oxy 🌘🐐 (@oxladeofficial) May 30, 2022

butt-mooning is a polysemous word, hoss! (breastcrawl), Friday, 10 June 2022 07:20 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

epic moment: just heard “Calm Down” on our office radio, which plays strictly mainstream hits, past and present. the afro takeover is real.

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 29 July 2022 11:53 (two months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Calm Down and a Good Friday:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPgN4EfzUrU

(also something something Bad Liar)

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 26 August 2022 07:15 (one month ago) link

i wish him luck with the crossover success he's angling for but gomez sounds very out of her musical comfort zone here, she's not a good fit at all

ufo, Friday, 26 August 2022 07:27 (one month ago) link

agreed, her voice doesn’t match his or the vibe at all.

wish these kinds of tag-on collabs weren’t seen as necessary by the (mostly US, tho there is of course the “Peru” example) industry for crossover Afropop success. “Calm Down” is doing just fine by its damn self in several European countries (#1 in France and Netherlands, top 10 in Belgium and Switzerland)

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 26 August 2022 07:46 (one month ago) link

probably my favourite track on the album. i can live with this as an alternative spin-off and i don't think Selena G ruins it but it's inferior to the original, sure

seo layer (Noodle Vague), Friday, 26 August 2022 07:51 (one month ago) link

I don't blame Selena, because the original is perfect and thinking you could this with anyone at all was a mistake (barring Tems or Tiwa etc). Death to this tag-on trend honestly, I'm starting to find it borderline offensive

rob, Friday, 26 August 2022 13:08 (one month ago) link

Taking one of the breeziest, most fun songs of the year and weighing it down like they're heading to a funeral, or a business meeting maybe. Sheesh

erasingclouds, Friday, 26 August 2022 14:14 (one month ago) link

yeah, that’s the thing, I don’t even think it will serve its intended purpose (unless you do it really right, again, see Sheeran’s star turn on “Peru”).
the Biebered “Essence” is a bit different too, because the original was already huge in the US r&b market and just needed the tiniest push to fully crossover to the mainstream

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 26 August 2022 14:48 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

today i'm thinking maybe Mara is my favourite song on this

feudal vague (Noodle Vague), Friday, 16 September 2022 15:37 (two weeks ago) link

I love the unabashed romanticism of the production on that one

rob, Friday, 16 September 2022 16:30 (two weeks ago) link

exactly, it's really beautiful, makes me tear up a little

feudal vague (Noodle Vague), Friday, 16 September 2022 16:41 (two weeks ago) link

a different kind of banger

feudal vague (Noodle Vague), Friday, 16 September 2022 16:42 (two weeks ago) link


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