Phlow is back with hew newÂ “Asuai” mini EP.
It takes serious talent to say so much with so little, but anyone whoâ€™s listened to the Lagos-bred rapper, Phlow, knows just how gifted she is as an artist. And sheâ€™s putting all of her skills on full display here with, â€˜Asuai,’ a brief but gripping mini-EP, produced entirely by Swedish beatsmith, Ryko.
In a little more than five minutes, Phlow pieces together a tightly knit narrative that follows a young girl falling in and out of love. You get the head-over-heels vibes on â€œLittle Girl, Bigâ€™Ole Worldâ€ and â€œBuilding Walls,â€ the latter of which features such striking imagery as â€œWant to color you with all my thoughts.â€ But like most things, the love canâ€™t last.
The relationship begins to fall apart on â€œCracked Windows,â€ and Phlow realizes itâ€™s time for her to end it on â€œThe Exit.â€ Here, too, she pulls you in with her story-driven and vibrantly written lyrics. When she spits, â€œRemember all the times my lungs would fill with you, Iâ€™d savor,â€ you know exactly what sheâ€™s getting at.
Of course, ‘Asuai‘â€”it means â€œMy Yearâ€ in Ukwani, a dialect spoken by the Delta Igbos in Eastern Nigeriaâ€”is notable for its rich, diverse instrumentals. Phlow and Ryko apparently connected via Soundcloud and began laying the groundwork for this project, which boasts beats from the producerâ€™s ‘feng/shui‘ tape. They take on a new life here, though, especially the dusty and â€˜80s-reminiscent beat on â€œThe Exit.â€ â€˜Asuai’ is now available for stream, courtesy of Str8Buttah Productions.