Pulse Album Review Kelly Hansome's '4Play' EP is a teasing work of art

For a 'foreplay' project, "4Play" EP tickles the right way, bites when it's supposed to, and caresses all the sensitive places.

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Kelly Hansome 4Play EP

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Extended Play – 4Play
Artiste – Kelly Hansome
Guests – 9ice, Oritsefemi,
Producers – Kelly Hansome, Otyno, Regis Beatz, DJ COublon, Fritzi
Record Label – Maga Music (2017)

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Kelly Hansome 4Play EP back cover

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Once a forgotten man in the present scheme of things, Kelly Hansome’s return to the music game has been a slow and calculated attempt at opening up conversations, re-announcing the brand and giving us a new variation of his music.

First he signed up to the industry-savvy Now Muzik in 2015, and slowly put out singles to chase the industry, and strike the iron until it is hot. That iron has never become hot, as he has failed to find pop acceptance for his music. A reconciliation with M.I, which was cemented at the 2016 concert, ‘Buckwyld & Breathless: The Disruption, when he showed up on stage to perform during Jude Abaga’s set.

It’s 2017 now, and although he hasn’t fully reclaimed the industry attention, he is backed by powerful forces in Lagos, and his business, which is orchestrated by those powers have deemed it right that a project comes through from him.

Highlights of Kelly Hansome's Industry night 4Play EP release and listening party play

Label issues caused Kelly Hansome's promising career to get derailed.

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That project is “4Play” EP, a 12-track release packaged as the ‘foreplay’ that is intended to whet appetites, arouse desires, and prepare minds for the full onslaught of an album.

This foreplay is 47 minutes long and straddles the Highlife wave, riding it at every turn. There’s the groovy urban variation of it which you can enjoy on ‘Investment’, ‘Akunakatasi’, and it is mixed with an EDM motif on ‘Baba Lowo’, although the unmistakable songwriting and the majestic drumming is still present.

But when it comes to big, belting tweaks and remakes of 80’s and 90’s Highlife and reggae influences, Hansome proves to be more than just an artiste. He’s a maestro. He doesn’t joke or fail to deliver.

Adaobi’ brings reggae majesty into the mix, and ‘Money Palaver’ featuring Oritsefemi smacks of legendary performer Orlando Owoh at his best. While ‘Ichezu’ has the easiness of a classic South South performance.

‘Traveller, a fully languid track, is full of Igbo blues and consciousness that pour straight out of the soul of a bleeding heart, but Hansome’s powerful delivery just about manages to override the irony.

For a 'foreplay' project, "4Play" EP tickles the right way, bites when it's supposed to, and caresses all the sensitive places.

Rating - 3.5


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