Konbini Picks: Listen To Our Favourite Albums & EPs From May 2018

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.

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Last month, we highlighted some great albums and EPs — from Cardi B's Invasion Of Privacy to Kali Uchis' Isolation. Now, we are back to celebrate some May 2018 projects we think you'll love as much as we do.

DAYTONA by Pusha T

Produced entirely by Kanye West, who is still as talented as he is frustratingly problematic, Pusha T’s surprisingly lean new project, DAYTONA is not just the best rap album of the year, it’s one of the best albums of 2018, period.

Standout Tracks: "If You Know You Know", "Hard Piano" and "Infrared".

Vibras by J Balvin

After scoring one of the biggest songs of 2017, the infectious "Mi Gente", J Balvin sets his sights on world domination with his fifth studio album, Vibras — a cohesive and ambitious body of work that thoughtfully spans influences, ranging from afrobeat to salsa.

Standout Tracks: "Vibras", "Mi Gente" and "En Mi".

Voicenotes by Charlie Puth

After dropping one of the worst debut albums in recent memory, there was really nowhere for Charlie Puth to go but up. For his second album, Voicenotes, he’s forgone most of his worst impulses, and the result is a shockingly well-crafted pop production.

Standout Tracks: "Done For Me", "BOY" and "Slow It Down".

About 30 by Adekunle Gold

Following a few frustrating delays, Adekunle Gold finally came through with his second studio album, About 30and it turned out to be everything we hoped it would be: A brilliant follow-up which, against all odds, managed to sidestep the dreaded sophomore slump.

Standout Tracks: "Ire", "Down With You" and "Yoyo".

Greatness by DJ Neptune

With his aptly-titled debut album, Greatness, DJ Neptune announced himself as one of the most intuitive Nigerian DJs working today. Stacked with jaw-dropping features — including Davido, Burna Boy, M.I and many more —  DJ Neptune curated an LP that will go down as one of the best of 2018. 

Standout Tracks: "Tear Rubber", "Rolling" and "Secret Agenda".

Love Is Dead by Chvrches

While Love Is Dead, the third studio album from Scottish synthpop trio, Chvrches, might not be as memorable or as endearing as its predecessors, it's still an immensely enjoyable project that cranks up, but doesn't drown out, their signature sound. 

Standout Tracks: "Graffiti", "Never Say Die" and "God's Plan".

Lagos City Vice by Wani 

With six dynamic, nostalgia-inducing tracks, Wani's debut EP finds the up-and-comer sticking to the sound that attracted listeners to him in the first place. He also shows off his ear for music by skillfully merging afropop, dancehall and contemporary r&b.

Standout Tracks: "2Face Riddim", "Instaman" and "234".

Sway by Tove Styrke

On Tove Styrke's third and best album to date, Sway, the Swedish singer-songwriter reintroduces herself as a pop tour-de-force. With just eight tracks — all capturing the complexities of falling in love — each entry is incredibly essential and instantly memorable. 

Standout Tracks: "Sway", "On The Low" and "Mistakes".

SR3MM by Rae Sremmurd

While listening to Rae Sremmurd's entire triple LP — one from the hip-hop duo, one from Swae Lee and one from Slim Jxmmi — will take up nearly two hours of your time, it's definitely worth the investment. It proves Rae Sremmurd are as brilliant apart as they are together.

Standout Tracks: "Powerglide", "Bedtime Stories" and "Guatemala".

The Cries Of My Subconscious by Deena Ade

British-Nigerian neo-soul singer, Deena Ade dedicates her hypnotic new six-track album "to anybody with wounds that have refused to heal, to those that are emotionally isolated, to those that feel and cannot express, for the ones that have loved and lost".

Standout Tracks: "Melo", "Shere" and "Down".

Electric Light by James Bay

For James Bay's second studio album, instead of repeating the formula that made his debut album so wildly successful, he shows a desire to grow as an artist, resulting in an album that's much more accomplished and diverse than what came before it.

Standout Tracks: "Wasted On Each Other", "Pink Lemonade" and "Stand Up".

Big Spang by J Hus

With only three tracks, J Hus closes out the month with one of the best EPs we've gotten this year. Designed to get us hyped for his upcoming sophomore album, it's extremely rare for an appetizer to be this wonderfully filling.

Standout Tracks: All of them. 

By Daniel Orubo, published on 31/05/2018