Set to cause serious waves across not only the Nigerian and African music scenes but the international music industry at large, with his infectious, signature Afro-fusion sound, Nigerian music act Oxlade has released his new single ‘Away’, taken from his forthcoming debut EP ‘Oxygene’ (released next Friday March 27th).
The melodic, Spax-produced track ‘Away’ sees Oxlade building on the major buzz he has been causing since the release of his first single ‘Shugar’ in 2018 - and a slew of top notch solo tracks and collaborations - and gives fans a taster of the upcoming project which will offer a formal introduction to the talents of the exciting Lagos-based musician. With a mix of Afrobeat, Hip-Hop, R&B and Country influences, Oxlade’s distinctive, soulful vocals and mesmerising songwriting and storytelling, backed-up with production from some of Nigeria’s top class producers, ‘Oxygene’ is set to be a must-listen EP.
Speaking on the forthcoming ‘Oxygene’ EP, Oxlade said:
“Music is the air that I breathe, which is why I’ve named the EP ‘Oxygene’. With the play on words with Oxy’ being my nickname and the biological ‘gene’, I’m letting out a part of myself to the world which contains love, consciousness and pain.”
Born and raised in the well-known Mushin area of Lagos and later going on to study History & International Relations at Lagos State University, Oxlade started his musical journey in the choir. He started to put out music on Soundcloud in 2017 and the following year released his first official single ‘Shugar’ which instantly caught the attention of hordes of music fans. Also known for the hit song ‘Sing’ with Fireboy DML and collaborations with acts such as Reekado Banks and DJ Tunez, another breakthrough moment for Oxlade was his feature on the Blaqbonez track ‘Mamiwota’ last year. Also in 2019, Oxlade featured alongside Sneakbo on Skengdo’s UK underground track ‘Brixton Boy’ and he performed to a 20,000-strong audience at the world famous O2 Arena in London at Wizkid’s Starboy Fest.
On a mission to become one of the biggest music exports from Nigeria and the continent, with the release of his new single ‘Away’ and the imminent release of his debut EP ‘Oxygene’ and with more new music, visuals and explosive live performances on the horizon, it looks like Oxlade is well on his way to reaching all of his goals!