- In a world where music in its most granular forms, soundtracks even the most trivial of emotions, finding musicians who cater to integral feelings and moods is not always easy, but for Joshigwe, a singer from Nigeria who considers himself an ‘Afro psychic’, making music that speaks to the soul, comes easy to him. With a laudable amount of time spent drawing inspiration from some of the richest sounds that have captured the mental zeitgeist of some solid music eras, Joshigwe knows just how to touch his listener’s core and he proves this on his eight-track latest, Xtc.
In approximately eight minutes and eighteen seconds, Joshigwe takes listeners on a trip into heavy eclecticism, the avant-garde, and ecstasy or “XTC” as he pushes musical norms, merges boundaries of cultures and arts by fusing several musical styles. He leans towards a less unconventional approach to composition and music creation as he merges several live elements with synthetic musical elements to create a blend that is both strange and familiar regardless of where your musical taste lies.
To Joshigwe, Xtcis about truth, vulnerability, deep and light emotions, fun, and one of the strongest aspects of living. He believes that this body of work can pass for a musical aphrodisiac, with its up and mid-tempo vibe, and calming qualities – depending on the approach and mental state of the listener.
Xtcpossesses elements of Afrobeats, Hip-Hop, EDM, High-Life, Trap, and Pop. From the thumping effect of the heavy 808 kicks and bass to the elevating effects of live guitars, bass, synths, and West African percussions, XTC will be just anything you want it to be.
The eight-track album is more than just an alternative album, it is a careful and careless fusion of everything musical and pleasing.