Slickartie drops ‘Self-Titled’ EP

A review of Slickartie’s debut body of work released on Wednesday, 30 June.

09 July 2021 | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE







WINDHOEK

Saying Slickartie is an amazing vocalist is an understatement, but truth be told, his lack of a solo packaged project eclipsed his skills as a great solo artist. And whether that was intentional on his part or not, let it be known that with his new EP, he is changing that perception.

I hope he will get the commercial recognition he deserves because he has always been one of the best in this game.

He described ‘Self-Titled’ as a love letter. The project consists of seven songs and features Nally and Fena Gitu.

Love clearly inspires great content in Slickartie’s case. He also has a knack for creating fun songs, and on the EP, ‘Hustle’ is testament to that fact. But the songs that carry a story of gratitude or love hit 10 times harder.

I also have to compliment him on his choice of features, which add diversity to his sometimes-flat sound.

Perfect sequencing

There is little one can say to discredit this project and there is also little to describe the experience of listening to it. I am not one to give one-listen reviews, hence this piece is coming out a few days after the EP was released.

One thing that has been consistent, though, is that every time I listen to this project from start to finish, it becomes more and more apparent that the sequencing was done perfectly. I say this because ‘Angel’ serves as the ideal intro song to a project of this nature - it is a song dedicated to the singer’s mother, thanking her for preparing him for this life and being his angel. A song I believe will resonate with many.

Unique voice

Another stand-out song for me is track four, ‘Visionary’. On this song, he talks about social ills and shares his vision for a better world.

Another element I was impressed with is that the album is terse. I mean, there are only seven songs, which makes it hard to find faults on this project because you can tell he only chose the best songs.

On this EP, Slickartie once again demonstrates that he has a great understanding of how to use his unique voice and cadence to match instrumentals.

The EP is available for streaming on major streaming platforms Donlu Africa, Apple Music, Deezer and more.

Rating: 5/5

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