Don’t Sleep | Seba Kaapstad – Thina

Don’t sleep on this Seba Kaapstad album. It was released on May 17th this year. Seba Kaapstad is a multi-national neo-soul group signed to Mello Music Group. I’m pretty sure they’re the first non-Hip Hop act that MMG has ever signed. The album ended up being a lot better than I thought it would be. I don’t know why. I thought it would be good, but I didn’t think it’d be too memorable. My expectations were thankfully surpassed though.

The album opens with the title track, which has a really fantastic instrumental. I love the piano element. That’s definitely my favorite aspect of the beat. I love the vocals on the intro and outro too. The way Zoe Modiga chants the title of the song sounds really cool to me. She’s a really good singer. She sounded great on the verse. I didn’t like the second track as much, but it was still really good.

Nothing about it is particularly bad. I just didn’t love it quite as much as the other tracks. It’s a dope song though. I love the instrumental. It’s the only track on the album with a rapped verse, and Zoe Modiga actually isn’t a bad MC. She did her thing. The third track feels more like an interlude than a full song. It’s only about a minute and a half long. I still really like it though. The instrumental is great. Sebastian Schuster & Philip Scheibel are really good musicians. The next track is one of my favorite songs on the album.

It’s the longest track, but it doesn’t feel too long winded. It has the most help from additional instrumentalists, and the results are definitely noticeable. The production is gorgeous. Zoe’s vocals sounded really pretty on the first verse and the chorus, and I love how smooth Ndumiso Manana sounded on the second verse. I can’t decide which vocalist I like better in the group. They’re both really great. I love the way the song ends. The instrumental outro is wonderful. The song is amazing. Heckman is another standout track for me. The piano performance from Christoph Heckeler is absolutely superb, and the harmonized vocal melody from Zoe & Ndumiso sounds fantastic. The song is dope af. Dezaster is definitely one of my favorites as well. It’s between that one and Don’t for my favorite track. I love the instrumental, and Ndumiso sang his ass off on the first verse. The lyrics are pretty sad too. I still don’t know whether I prefer Dezaster or Don’t. I have to think about it. Dezaster is amazing though. There’s not a single aspect of the song that I don’t love. It’s dope af. The next couple of tracks, Playground & Welcome, are pretty dope too. They aren’t standout tracks for me, but I definitely enjoyed them quite a bit. Breathe is another one of the better songs in my opinion. It sounds like it has a slight Electronic influence, mainly because of the bouncy synths that come in for the hook. The song is dope af. RFRE is probably my third favorite track on the album. I think it’s really awesome. A lot of the songs on this album kinda remind me of the jazzier elements of To Pimp a Butterfly. I liked almost every song on the project. The only track I didn’t particularly care for was Love!, but it wasn’t even bad. It was just kind of underwhelming to me. Much like Billionaire, it felt more like an interlude than a full song. Nothing about it really stood out enough to make it worth returning to for me though. It’s an okay song, but it has zero replay value. Anyway, I think this album is really great. I haven’t really seen many people talking about it. I love it though. I don’t have any consistent issues with it. I think it’s really dope. Check it out.

Favorite Song: Dezaster
Least Favorite Song: Love!

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80-89
Grade: B+

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