DJ Spinall has proven to be a hitmaker over his past few projects, as he has been able to consistently churn out records that are club bangers and enjoy mainstream appeal.
The trend of DJ’s releasing their own albums is one that we have embraced fully in the Nigerian music industry championed by veterans like DJ Jimmy Jatt and DJ Neptune and progressed by the younger generation of wheel spinners.
Following the success of his past albums, ”My Story”, ”Ten” and ”Dreams”, the disc jockey also referred to as ‘The Cap’ returns with ”Iyanu”, his fourth full-length studio project.
”Iyanu” is a 10-track body of work with a powerful line up of guest appearances that includes the likes of the amazingly talented Wurld, Burna Boy, Tekno, Nonso Amadi, Wizkid, Kizz Daniel, Davido and more, with production supplied by Killertunes, CKay, STG, Nonso and Benie Macaulay.
The album is a proper disc jockey project, one tailored for the clubs and dancefloors, absolutely unpretentious about its theme, packed with easily digestible records, created to make listeners dance.
‘Stamina’ with budding talents, Ceeza and Cnatty kicks things off on an europhoric note with the two artists forming a really good combination with their distinct sounds.
Fast-rising song-writer, Wurld, who also featured on his last album, brings his explosive vocals to bear on ‘Can’t Help Myself’ with the Afrobeats touch in the production giving it a spiked feel.
Burna Boy is on some ‘Kingly’ form both on his solo records and features, and he again delivers the album’s stand-out song [outside of the previously released singles], as he steals the show with the nostagically thundering ‘Serious’, which is heavily influenced by Busta Rhymes 1997 hit record ‘Dangerous’ and Product G&B‘s ‘Cluck Cluck.’
Burna’s delivery kicks in exquisitely to offer the perfect raving atmosphere as he tells the story of going way back with DJ Spinall, in reference to their single, ‘Gba Gbe’ released in 2015. ”Spinall O, na we start this thing when If you recall o, when I record o, Gba gbe” he sings.
The rest of the album continues with buoyant weaved anthems cutting across a varied display of styles from the individual artists with Tekno bringing his ‘Rara’ sound to ‘Baby Girl’ exploding softly to give a delightful listen.
Previously released singles, ‘Nowo’ and ‘Baba’ remain adrenaline pumping anthems, while the Nonso Amadi assisted ‘Try For You’ brings a groovy chill to the tape.
Davido delivers a radio-worthy single in ‘Your DJ’ as the album closes with ‘Omoge’ where Dotman brings his indigenous flavour to sustain the albums entertaining listen.
A number of the elements that have contributed to DJ Spinall’s success over the years remain intact on this album; from an expansive array of guest artists, the heavy anthems, the mid-tempo love melodies, and seamless blend of songs, Spinall reheats the formula to a fairly successful effect.
”Iyanu” delivers diverse anthems, hitting some delightful vibes of all kinds for any party mood.
This is a proper DJ album, clearly not breaking any new ground and even though, at times, it leaned towards getting disjointed due to the different styles brought in by the numerous collaborators, Spinall, however, does enough to strengthen his catalog, keeping the album compact, without the songs suffocating its listeners at any point.
3-Worth Checking Out