After a run of successful projects and singles DRB have officially announced their debut album Pioneers for release on May 1st. The trio has also shared Softly, the final single off the impending project that will feature Prettyboy D-O, Santi, Tems, Lady Donli, WANI, Maison 2500, Odunsi, Vivendii Sound and Olamide.
Nodding to the collective’s perceived role in shaping Nigerian youth culture with its name, the album is expected to marry the best of classic Afro-beat and hip-hop to develop a distinctive sound capable of traversing global boundaries. Their brand new single Sofly, joins other tracks like the Olamide-backed Shomo and Odunsi-assisted Necessary as the third single off Pioneers.
On a mid-tempo Pheelz beat, Boj opens with a perfectly delivered verse in Yoruba before he delivers the hook paving the way for a Fresh L verse that meets his signature approach with interesting wordplay and finally closes with a Teezee verse. The single artwork, created by Anedu Edozien was inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s classic ‘In The Car’ while the album art entitled ‘Midnight Friends’ portrays the community, style, culture, cool kids, creativity as well as the rebelliousness of Lagos culture.
Speaking on the track, TeeZee says “softly in Nigeria represents being gentle. It’s a term that’s used for endearment. For example, when someone looks great or if someone is having a good time and relaxing you can say they are soft. Softly identifies calmness and gentleness, while delivering something fresh and brand new. We describe the song as an African love story and it’s coming at the perfect time – just before Easter. We wanted to mix the original sounds of afrobeat but infused with the new wave of the Alté sound. The producer on the track Pheelz has made hit records through Nigeria like Billionaire from Teni The Entertainer.”
Softly is available to purchase/stream HERE.