London-based Nigerian singer, songwriter and musician Nissi Ogulu popularly known as Nissi has unveiled her brand new offering titled Undercover off her highly anticipated forthcoming debut EP titled The Virus.
The new single, which is coming on the back of rave reviews of her acclaimed Familiar video, and the well-received Favourite List, is set to continue the hot streak that Nissi has been on, over the past 12 months.
According to her, the two songs got massive reviews from SoulBounce, Earmilk, Okayafrica, Hypefresh Magazine, and Superselected among others, with a building on strong support from the MTV Base, Hype Machine, The Guardian NG, Link Up TV and Guestlist Magazine.
For this new single, she linked up with burgeoning UK Afrobeats producer TwoBadGuyz, who has previously worked with some of Africa’s biggest stars including Olamide, Seyi Shay and Iyanya, among others.
Together, they have created an infectious drums-led genre-bending summer fusion jam, underpinned as ever, lace by Nissi’s glorious vocals, arresting delivery and vibrant flow.
Speaking about how the record came about, Nissi says, “Undercover’ really is just a vibe. We recorded it the very first we met.
TwoBadGuyz was playing me some draft instrumentals he was working on, and once I heard this one, I literally started freestyling onto it.
“The song lyrics really talk about the thrill of doing something that isn’t necessarily right, but feels like it is, so you do it anyway.
The boisterous production definitely demanded this kind of daring and free songwriting from me,” she said.
On a personal level, she adds that, “I guess, for me, I have had that real feeling of being denied something I felt was good for me in my music career, because it apparently wasn’t ‘right for me’, but still wanting it anyway.
“Having something that makes you feel good be labeled forbidden can certainly feel like rejection, but instead of having it deter you, it can really motivate you to go for it even more.
If they stop the flow of our movement, then we will just go undercover, as the song title says.”