Genre: Deep/ Tech House
Producer: The Elevation
Record Label: Soulistic Music
Elevation is the highly anticipated second studio album by the precociously gifted Culoe De Song, a follow up to his very aptly titled debut offering, A Giant Leap. One of the defining characteristics of Culoe’s first album was the superb mixing of the tracks which gave the impression, from the very first listen that, while each track was a unique production, they were just meant to go together, like the score for a very modern remake of Shaka Zulu.
Culoe hasn’t managed to get that balance of harmony without homogeneity quite right this time. His trademark use of driving , earthy percussions, ethereal strings and chord progressions is still very much in evidence, especially on tracks like Let the Sunshine ft 340 ml and African Woman ft Ternielle Nelson. Other stand out tracks are Call Me, a brilliant rework of a Goldfish production ft Monique Hellenberg, as well as Yini Ngawe ft Shota which has been setting dance floors ablaze for a while now.
The rest of the album left me feeling a little let down though, the last four tracks sound rushed, as if they weren’t properly mastered, and lack the subtle complexity and refinement I would have expected to hear from such a talented producer’s second effort. In fact, listening to the last track, Hold Strong ft. Zano, you might be forgiven for thinking he had layered the tracks’ vocals over the instrumentals from Call Me, added some drums over the bridge and called it a day. I’m sad to say that the album doesn’t live up to its title or the very high hopes I had for it.
Ironically, the album has received a nod for Best Produced album at the upcoming Metro awards. Maybe they know something I don’t.
REVIEW: Nathan Kabingesi