Candy Bleakz’s debut EP is an amapiano blast. Long established as a rapper, she also exhibits talent for singing and crafting catchy melodies over a variety of dance tracks. Buoyed by an undulating chant of “Sango” (the Yoruba deity of fire and thunder), “Sango” incorporates elements of drill, underscoring Candy’s Yoruba refrain “iná wà lénu mi” (“I have fire in my breath”). “Atenu” marks a humorous takedown of a socialite and her avarice. Candy’s Ladies Dragon alter ego gets a song’s length of attention on “Dragon”, where her raspy singing voice shows real charm in the way it flirts with soul-infused Afropop, Fuji and Auto-Tune.
The Zikay-produced “Water” sees Candy profitably utilizing the Yoruba word for the element, omi, for its musicality in the hook (“omi lolololo, omilola”). Candy takes stock in “Red”, reminiscing about her upbringing in the Lagos township of Bariga while melding amapiano, a confection of Black British slang and Nigerian street parlance.