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Our Editor reviews Kid Marley and 3try's "The Grey Area" The spectacular duo is signed to a German label Tokyo Dawn Records.

They met at a show, loved each other’s music, exchanged numbers and three years ago, first collaborated on Monkey Business, a song off 3rty's Magic EP. They've also collaborated on Sunday Morning, a song which the Native Mag described as "indie pop greatness". 

The EP's opener Sorry is a declaration of vision, the keys are soft and when the beat kicks in, a funkiness descends, topics are discussed with the pace of the beat, the refrain of what I'm saying is I'm sorry providing the perfect build up to Kid Marley's verse apologizing to conservatives on his insistence on doing music.

You is psychedelic and the Igbo works is like a chant, drawing the listener into the depths of such depth of music. You is inspired by the opposite sex and it doesn't even feel like! The Igbo chant receives momentum and significance with each utterance. Dark Clouds bears a similarity to the previous song and if there's a definition of genius, it is the South South vibe of the song, the production so strong the words are only needed as a slight touch of the brush on almost perfect art. 

There's a dreamlike quality to Thots, a song which begins like a Justin Bieber breakup joint. The drums are slow and the singing is desirable, telling of a cheating partner. Four songs in and this EP is thriving off the hooks and refrains. 

Teased as a single before the project, Ogunfe is an ode to meat on the plate which The Grey Area has served you but on deeper inspection, beneath the slick of soup, is a social construct about how ladies turn turn down prospective partners and lament their fates later on. Later in the song when 3rty says I no dey chop nonsense, there's a sense of deeper meaning. Erekere is an Afro Pop offering and with the vagueness of the lyrics, is a soundscape able to command a steady nod of the head, tap of the feet. Probably the strongest production so far.

The bow out Denge Pose begins with a talking drum, the lyrics assuming a folk like structure; the Brymo way. Lágbájà is the comical character of this story. This is how he is described: "you dun wear your shoe, you dun knack your tie, with your crooked waist and your silly smile". Lágbájà is the creation of master artists but he doesn't get much attention as the song moves on. The second verse is art, who immortalizes Igbo over a Yoruba instrument? “Denge Pose” is chanted till the fade of the song, the talking drum a suitable journeyman.

The Grey Area is a spectacular work of art, in message and sound. Even with the occasional I-can't-find-myself feel in the midst of some tracks, its musical complexity is expertly handled and one can only hope that this duo will produce more projects in a not too distant future. 

Download The Grey Area EP HERE


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