Wamae – S.O.F.T.L.Y The EP
It is always a great pleasure when one of Wamae’s releases arrives in your promo inbox. I remember my first encounter with Wamae’s tracks back in 2014 with his dubstep remix of Lectronica Circle’s Sweet Surrender which still sounds good as it sounded back then. This release unlike his previous releases is made up of radio friendly mid-tempo dance music.
First up on the EP is the title track S.O.F.T.L.Y featuring MADE and Kid Willy, a simple party song led with the phrase “ruka ruka kidogo, mikono kwenye kiuno” making good use of rap ans vocal stuttering techniques. Second is Electro Romance which was the promo single released off this EP collaborating with MADE again providing the rap and Mwangi on the rest of the vocals. Finally is Only You a multilingual track mixing Kikuyu and English, a collaboration with Superprodusir.
The EP is a conventional, easy to consume record with good production technique and vocal quality but lacks memorability to the extent that it is pop music that fades away just as quickly as it enters the market. It is nonetheless very entertaining with potential dancefloor crushers especially Electro Romance.
It was released on Urban Creations, One of Kenya’s finest dance music labels