‘The Impressions’ by Florocka is challenging and heavy
‘The Impressions’ is a very impressionable, refreshing and brilliant album by a Gospel artiste who is not afraid to take risks.
Album- The Impressions
Guest Artistes- Pastor J, Gamie, Sunkey, Judirocka, LC Beats
Record Label – Rockanation (2015)
Duration – 38 minutes
Florocka! Born Akinwunmi Oluniyi Nathan Akiremi, Florocka is a Gospel artiste that is pleasurable to listen to. This doesn’t mean Gospel artistes aren’t pleasurable to listen to. Florocka is of a different breed.
His style of music, which is bouncy, and full of life, has the potential to reach out to listeners of secular music.
Florocka’s album ‘’ is aptly titled because it will leave the listener with a good feeling because of its positive and optimistic vibe. ‘The Impressions’ is ten tracks long, which is enough time to inject you with Florocka’s brand of gospel music.
The body of work starts with ‘Bragadaba. “The angels are working overtime on your matter” sings Florocka as he touches on patience and the importance of God’s appointed time.
Florocka goes electro-rock on the follow up song ‘I’m A Believer’ featuring Pastor J. This song is more within the realm of ‘stadium music’ with its large vibe. As a matter of fact the music on this album doesn’t fit inside the four walls of the church. Florocka’s songs on this project are best played in stadias, and big clubs.
‘Soke Loke’ featuring Gamie is a hard hitting EDM song with a bit of beat boxing where Florocka talks about enjoying your life (“no be everything wey shine shine be gold”), but warns about being burnt by the pleasures of the world.
The fast pace of ‘The Impressions’ is reduced a little bit on ‘Modupe’ featuring Judirocka which is a breezy praise on the album. This is perhaps the most conventional song on the Gospel project.
‘Pamuregeji’ featuring Sunkey continues the ‘praise’ theme. This track has the potential to be a crossover hit single off the album. It fits into the mould of contemporary Nigerian Christian music, and has the qualities of rhythm and bounce to attract non-Gospel listeners.
Florocka gets back to his heavy Gospel music on ‘Sister Caro’ featuring LC Beats which is a brilliant narrative plot twist about the fictional ‘Caro’, a mischievous young lady that has become somewhat of folklore in many Nigerian pop songs.
It is Florocka’s approach at writing Gospel songs that makes him pleasurable listening to. His style is very contemporary, fresh and to some extent challenging.
However the track ‘Wetin Concern You’ doesn’t fit very well into the album, it kind of sticks out from the heavy and organized album.
This doesn’t mar the album though. ‘The Impressions’ is a very impressionable, refreshing and brilliant album by a Gospel artiste who is not afraid to take risks.
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