Following last summer’s critically-acclaimed Pillow Therapy EP, which amassed over a million streams on Spotify alone, fast-rising South London afrofusion artist and songwriter Nizzy is back with an exquisite new EP titled Love N Rhythmz. The 7-track project arrives just in time to provide the soundtrack for summer 2021.
Produced by Kai The Producer, Ritzybeats, and AJ Productions, the Love N Rhythmz EP is an afrofusion masterclass, which sees Nizzy merging R&B, afro-swing, dancehall, afrobeats, and pop sensibilities together to a glorious effect, underpinned by infectious melodies, smooth vocals, and irresistible musicality in ways that only the British Nigerian native knows how to.
Flaunt caught up with Nizzy to discuss his new EP, the afro-fusion sound, being able to return to live shows, and more!
Can you tell us about your new EP, Love N Rhythmz?
I’ve had a fantastic year so far, a year full of ups and downs but mostly full of love and good vibes. I was trying to capture that summertime feeling we’ve all had, that’s full of love and great experiences. This project is what my love life sounds like. My world is full of happiness, sweet love, and good energy, and I was trying to put all that energy together into an exciting musical experience for the listeners. This record means a lot to me, I wanted to show people the other side of my afro-fusion sound after Pillow Therapy last year.
What inspired the project and what does the title of the project signify?
If you remember, I dropped Pillow Therapy during the wintertime because it’s a cozy time and everyone wants to cuddle up. A lot of the tracks on the project reflect how I feel on the day that I recorded them. With me, sometimes it’s about reflection and how I feel when I hear a new instrument. Most of the tracks in the project are to do with love and good vibes, also the whole project is full of nice melodies and rhythms so it's only right to connect it with the title.
You have labeled your sound as afro-fusion, can you expand on this?
Afrofusion is where Afro meets different sounds. It’s a crossbreed sound, I don’t like being boxed into a genre. I like to always experiment with sounds and blend them with my Afro sensibilities.
Talk to us about the EP's lead single “Best Friend” What's the song about?
“Best Friend” is about the love of my life and about me assuring her that she’s not only the love of my life but also my best friend and my world. Sometimes, women love to be reassured that you are still and would still be there for them no matter what.
This is your second EP in 12 months, in a landscape where most artists are geared towards singles, how does creating projects still appeal to you?
I love the whole process of creating a project though it’s a bit challenging because you have to listen to lots of instruments, sit down with producers, do lots of writing and dash out lots of music, as not all records normally make it into the final project. It’s fun and challenging. I’m my own competition so I like taking that route as I only get better every time I do it. Music makes me happy so I guess creating more music puts lots of smiles on my face.
If there's one thing you want listeners to take from this project, what would it be and why?
Life is short, we all go through ups and downs. Stay strong. Love and forgive and listen to Love and Rhythmz, Because love is healing and music and rhythms are therapy for your soul.
What's next for Nizzy?
I’m working on a new project which is due to drop in 5 to 6 months. It's something different, expect a lot of big features on the project. Also more videos from the Love n Rhythmz EP. The team and I are also putting together a Nizzy and Friends concert for my supporters. Finally, I hope to get a chance to tour Europe very soon.