EP Review: Kelectro By Jezzem
Track Count: 7
Release Date: 27.1.16
When you are trying to introduce a new genre, what do you do? You release a series of remixes and a few original tracks, slowly getting your new fans-and old alike- accustomed to the new sound you are about to introduce. You low-key feed them your art and get them hooked with each release.
Jesse Sembene, also known as Jezzem, debuted on our Annual Producer List at number 9, the sixth highest new entry in last year’s list. Back then when doing the Producer List, the PBJ Label founder promised us that an EP would drop early 2016 and true to his word, he delivered.
Kelectro is a groovy EP from the beginning till the end. All through the tracks, Jezzem comes through with his mellow deep voice, delivering catchy rhymes and telling a story in each track.
To get you up to speed as to what Kelectro is, it is more than just an EP. It is a genre, a sound-a movement. Fusing electronic music elements and Kapuka (Kenya’s biggest music genre of the early 2000’s), the talented Jezzem creates a soulful feel to the EP when he adds another genre to it- Bembe, from the word Bembeleza. These elements mixed together in the PBJ Lab bring out a chilled out groovy sound that is Kelectro.
Opener, “Hapo Ni Sawa”, paints the usual guy’s day-chilling around the hood with the boys, taking a walk and meeting this beautiful girl who declines his Sankara invite for nyama choma. It’s all good until the “Mteja hapatikani kwa sasa” line, you got played fool! The random hood guy seems to have finally gotten a date on “Luhya Lover” and he is masterfully throwing lines like “I wanna play you like a flute; I wanna make your body move…” Finalizing the cohesion of the first three tracks, “My Baby” summarizes the adventures of our random hood guy who is now settled and is telling us of the feels his woman brings him.
“Tulia”, the fourth track in the Ep is by a chilled out guy who tells a pugnacious brother to keep his cool and enjoy the good vibes that are in the track. Keep peace in your local as “we are the children of the sun.”
The catchiest track of all “Kijiko, mwiko, Kifuniko” is the “its-never-that-serious” track in Kelectro. Just enjoy life and groove with the beat. Our random hood guy returns in the final track “Scream (Wika)” where he is now telling the girl he landed after getting stood up what he will do to her.
Kelectro is the sort of album that, if you keep listening, will shift favorite tracks and keep revealing new charms. It has the rich focused feel of a creative artist long with an obsessive fervor. It is subtle and stimulating; an exciting soundtrack to a new genre.
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