At Konbini Nigeria we love discovering and sharing great music with each other (and jamming to our newfound favourites all day long).
But instead of just selfishly sharing these songs amongst ourselves alone, we've decided to create a list of all the newly released albums and EPs that have caught our attention, stolen our hearts and are constantly on repeat on our devices.
Last month, we highlighted some great albums and EPs — from Nasty C's Strings And Bling to Future's BEASTMODE 2. Now, we are back to celebrate some August 2018 projects we think you'll love as much as we do.
Bloom by Troye Sivan
At just 10 tracks long, Troye Sivan’s sophomore album, Bloom is a pointed and cohesive triumph — one that finds the out and proud 23-year-old delivering perfect pop songs about the varying shades of queer love in the millennial age.
Standout Tracks: "My My My!", "Postcard" and "Plum".
Sweetener by Ariana Grande
Sweetener, Ariana Grande’s personal and emotional fourth studio album, finds one of pop music’s most adept and intuitive chameleons creating surprisingly lush tracks about fighting to find light in the darkness.
Standout Tracks: "No Tears Left To Cry", "Breathin" and "Goodnight n Go".
Yxng Dxnzl by M.I Abaga
On M.I Abaga’s introspective fourth studio album, Yxng Dxnzl, one of Africa’s greatest rappers uses his personal experiences to explore the importance of self-worth, and the result is a deeply human masterwork that’s easily one of the best things he’s ever put out.
Standout Tracks: "Do you know who you are? Take some time and meditate on you", "Another Thing! Do Not Be A Groupie" and "Stop! Never Second Guess Yourself".
Astroworld by Travis Scott
In a year that’s filled with some of the most textured hip-hop albums we’ve ever had, Travis Scott’s psychedelic, rollercoaster of a third LP, Astroworld leads the charge with its out-of-this-world production, jaw-dropping features and laser-focused leading man.
Standout Tracks: "Stargazing", "Sicko Mode", "No Bystanders" and "Yosemite".
Swimming by Mac Miller
On Swimming, Mac Miller’s fifth studio album, the oft-overlooked rapper delivers his strongest project to date by mining the heartbreak that still clearly lingers following his very public split from former lover and muse, Ariana Grande.
Standout Tracks: "What's the Use?", "2009" and "Ladders".
Negro Swan by Blood Orange
On Negro Swan, Dev Hynes’ vital, career-best fourth album under the Blood Orange moniker, the gifted British singer uses his own personal struggles to thoughtfully explore depression, queer identity and blackness.
Standout Tracks: "Nappy Wonder", "Vulture Baby" and "Chewing Gum".
Queen by Nicki Minaj
While Nicki Minaj’s strengths as an artist are seemingly endless — a witty wordsmith, a solid singer, a ruthless rapper — she’s never really been able to create a truly cohesive project. Fortunately, that doesn’t stop Queen, her fourth studio album, from being a bold and occasionally brilliant effort.
Standout Tracks: "Coco Chanel", "Good Form" "Thought I Knew You" and "Barbie Dreams".
Kamikaze by Eminem
Although Kamikaze, Enimem’s surprise album, might not find the legendary rapper reaching the heights of his earlier work, it’s certainly the most alive he’s been in years, as he effectively coasts on the angry persona and flow that made fans fall in love with him in the first place.
Standout Tracks: "Fall", "Greatest", "The Ringer" and "Lucky You".
Crown by Loose Kaynon and A-Q
Loose Kaynon and A-Q’s collaborative album, Crown — the first in the trio of game-changing hip-hop projects executive produced by M.I Abaga — is a lean, stunningly produced gem that finds both rappers operating at the very top of their game.
Standout Tracks: "Gang Gang", "Crown" and "Hustler's Prayer".
Bad Boy Blaq by Blaqbones
Blaqbonez’s fantastic debut LP, Bad Boy Blaq ends M.I’s 3-album rollout on a very high note, as it introduces the confident rapper to mainstream audiences as one of the most exciting and musically-astute up-and-comers in the Nigerian hip-hop scene.
Standout Tracks: "Play", "Mamiwota" and "Tosin's Song".
Jinmi of Lagos 2, The World by Jinmi Abduls
On Jinmi of Lagos 2, The World, Jinmi Abduls' dreamy and delicate sophomore EP, the gifted up-and-comer’s distinct sound — an amalgamation of r&b, pop and highlife — is infinitely more refined, resulting in one of the year’s most self-assured Nigerian releases.
Standout Tracks: "Folarin", "Once Twice" and "Eko".