Kiff (Sony Music)
Breakdown: This may be the debut album for South African group The Kiffness but they’ve certainly proved that they have a lot to offer. The album was accompanied by hit singles ‘Where Are You Going’, and their latest chart smasher ‘Find A Way’ which features local rockers Shortstraw.
How Many Good Tracks: 9 of the 13.
What I Liked: Although the group have been influenced by many well-known sounds and genres, what they created in the studio is incredibly unique and just like our rainbow nation, they managed to blend these sounds and genres in a way unheard of before. The album is filled with the sounds of Africa, yet it still something so incredibly current which says something about these boys. Production-wise, the album is fantastic as well. I also like the fact that there are quite a few guests on this record. It shows that the boys thought long and hard about what each song needs to sound it’s best.
What I Didn’t Like: Sometimes it feels as, although clearly creative, the boys played it safe with some records. This can be seen my the many instruments and sounds they repeat in almost every song. Also, lyrically, some of the tracks are rather weak, but I guess the awesome production makes one forget all about that!
Best Track: Their new single ‘Find A Way’ featuring Shortstraw is a fantastic track.
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