Friday 10 March 2023

Posted by Gerry Hectic | File under : ,

Hot on the heels of the compilation by Kid Fonque released last week, 'Stay True Sounds Vol.5' (review HERE) we get the long awaited album by EMAMKAY on the sub-label, STY TRU BTS.

We've already had two great singles with 'When The Sun Rises' (review HERE) and 'Sense' (review HERE) but all the ten tracks are fantastic.

EMAMKAY (MC/piano/keyboards) is part of the Sounds Like U Quintet with Jeffery Mahachi (d), Michael Nkuna (trumpet) with Bokang Ramatlapeng on vocals

We know the band touch our inner D'Angelo/Dilla/Flying Lotus or even a little Sa-Ra Creative Partners or even Carlos Niño & Friends/Georgia Anne Muldrow. 

In fact, this album seems like a small scale Build An Ark as he says his project tells "a story about how this energy fuels us to go the extra mile. The great lengths we go to because of love..."  What with the array of contact's Kid Fonque has, perhaps Southern Africa will be a revival of Sounds Of L.A./Dublab from the early 00s.

Well, we love the tracks 'Love Is Movement', 'Love Is', 'Love Is Energy' and 'Kuumba A Creator's Spirit' (as supported by DJs Bob Hill, Andy Garvey and more) as the 'live' jazz gig makes this collection special.

With the recent tragic loss of one of the founders of conscious hip-hop, De La Soul's David Jolicoeur (aka Plug 2/Trugoy The Dove) it's more than timely that there's a new guard ready to keep jazz-rap mellow and full of love.


Title: Love Is Energy

Release date: 31st March, 2023
Label : STY TRU BTS (Stay True Sounds)

Catalog Number : STB022 Digital / Bandcamp


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