Verdict: 1.5 / 5
After garnering some acclaim from local critics for, ‘Father Creeper’, Spoek unveils this compilation album. It is filled with remixes, rarities, collaborations and choice cuts of his best known tracks. It seems rather soon for him to release this type of album but the man has been busy for the last few years and he needed to release these tracks pronto. Calling an album ‘Future Sound of Mzansi’ is a presumptuous exclamation for any artist to make. Whoever makes such a claim needs to deliver material capable of justifying it but what we hear on the album seems to be at odds with the statement.
The album features better composition than ‘Father Creeper’ due to the collaborative element. The beats are better but still too over reaching and unwieldy. The lyrics and themes are just as terrible and obtuse as before but the blow is softened by guest vocalists and rappers who sing or deliver half decent hooks. Tracks that stand out somewhat are ‘Blah Blah Blah’, yes great song title, ‘Control’ and ‘Skorokoro’. The beats, arrangements and melodies are bearable enough on these but not so for the rest of the album. Tracks like ‘Ice Cream’, ‘Drunk like That’, ‘Under my Arm’ suffer for want of better lyrics and steady production to untangle their over wrought and sophomoric delivery.
So in the end, it appears that Spoek’s ostentatious claim of gifting us with the ‘Future Sound of Mzansi’, is unfortunately unwarranted as this album is simply too weak of a release.