Just over a year after his seminal third studio project titled S.T.A.Y (Still Think About You), which garnered over 100,000 streams and was supported by the likes of MTV, OkayAfrica and TRACE Urban, among others, Toronto-based Nigerian Ghanaian artist NOVA want to run it back with the surprise announcement that he will be releasing a sequel to S.T.A.Y aptly titled S.T.A.Y II on November 20. The announcement comes with an exciting new track from Nova titled ‘REPLAY’, as premiered by THE NATIVE which will serve as the lead single for his upcoming S.T.A.Y II project.
Produced by Doozybeatz, who has previously worked with the likes of Santi (Cruel Santino), Tay Iwar and Soulection, and engineered by Bankyondeatz (DRB, Lady Donli, Niniola, Show Dem Camp), ‘Replay’ sees Nova switching from rapping to singing and back to rapping to represent the rollercoaster of emotions behind the track, as he laments trying to come to terms with a failed relationship, while also holding onto any hopes that his girl would come back to him. Throughout the track, we can feel Nova leaning into his vulnerability both sonically and lyrically, perhaps more than he has done on previous records, giving a taste of what to expect from S.T.A.Y II.
According to Nova, “listening to ‘Replay’ makes me feel free. I close my eyes and imagine I’m running through tall grass fields or on top of a mountain crooning away, that’ss how working on this song made me feel. For people who have been listening to my music, ‘Replay’ captures the essence of Nova, and for listeners experiencing my sound for the first time, this is a great entry point to my ‘STAY’ series and the universe I'm creating with my music. Those curious enough to go back will be able to hear the evolution of my music and I hope ‘that Replay’ serves as the perfect introduction to the new journey we’re taking with this next ‘STAY II’ project”.
Based in Toronto and documenting the millennial love and dating experience through his afrofusion sound, Nova uses his versatile voice, honest songwriting, infectious melodies and lush soundscapes to create exciting music that sits in a unique pocket offering the best of hip-hop, R&B, soul and afrobeats in a glorious fusion. Born in England to an American father and a Ghanaian mother, and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, the influence of these vibrant and diverse cultures can be heard throughout Nova’s innovative genre-bending sound, with his new single ‘Replay’ and the upcoming S.T.A.Y II project offering the perfect representations of this!
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