Tems Drops New EP
Written by manna maurice on September 21, 2021
After all the anticipation TEMS is back with a brand new 5-track Ep titled If Orange Was A Place. The project includes a collaboration with Brent Faiyaz as the only guest on the Ep and follows up For Broken Ears, an Ep TEMS dropped last year that has stood the test of time in terms of quality.
TEMS (real name Temilad Openiyi) has been on a crazy run lately, it seems the music industry can’t get enough of the Nigerian singer, songwriter, and producer. From featuring on one of the most anticipated albums of the year, Certified Lover Boy to collaborating with globally recognised acts such as Wizkid, Justin Bieber, and Khalid, the lane TEMS has carved for herself is bearing fruit and the proof is in the music.
If Orange Was A Place is a project without skips. Don’t get it twisted, even a 5-track Ep can have a song or two that you could do without, this isn’t the case, however. Each song on the Ep blends perfectly together to create an actual feel of the music. Being able to cultivate an original sound is what makes an artist and TEMS sound is feeling more refined as she ventures on.
Afrobeats is not new to music though TEMS vocal performance and the production throughout are strong indicators as to why the style of music works so well for her. R&B sensation Brent Faiyaz gave a solid performance on the collaboration, Found. The guitars and soulful vocals of the pair complementing each other give listeners a new side to TEMS’s music that they are used to. Though she has an impressive list of collaborations under her catalogue, she tends to work mostly alone. Hopefully, this could be the start of more features as this song is one of those “unexpected delight” scenarios
TEMS dives into topics that range from self-care, challenges in life, and love and relationships, this is a relatively introspective project but it still does well to provide listeners music to escape to. Aside from the collaboration, additional highlights include the closing track, Vibe Out a fitting conclusion that sums up the feel of the Ep well. Avoid Things features particularly great production and background vocals, not to mention a catchy hook. The production throughout the project is well crafted, Guilty Beatz who produced four of the five songs did a brilliant job of creating a mood and setting for the project. The transitions are well executed and TEMS fails to deliver a bad performance. It’s fitting to name the Ep after the colour orange as it sounds like an audible rendition of a sunset. Make sure to set aside some time to vibe out to If Orange Was A Place, definitely worth a listen.