After carefully crafting a lineup of singles over a period of two years. Lukas Blacc (born Olule Lokebe) yesterday released his first body of work dubbed Birth of Blacc Vibes (BoBV).
This ten-track project is mixed mastered and produced by the iconic producer Axon and distributed by the Ntinda based label Brambram Records with the project’s Executive Producer being Derrick Kotevu alias Kderrick.
Lukas and the producer exhibit pure artistry from the get-go and throughout this genre-spanning project showing flexibility and comfort in various forms of music. Lukas Blacc on this project seeks to embrace a challenge and create a non-genre-specific sound known as ‘BlaccVibes’
BoBV’s pace is set by a creative introduction into the project voiced by Trouble Merci who paves the way for a heart-throbbing banger in Senorita where Lukas Blacc unleashes a fusion of rap and dancehall which is seamlessly followed by the melodic vibes of How Far ft Akeine into the album’s lead single Ebyange ft Kohen Jaycee.
On this sweet tune, Lukas enlists the assistance of R&B sensation Kohen Jaycee for a collaboration to die for. The song brings the contrasting styles of Lukas and Kohen to create a track in appreciation of the African woman.
The second half of the album manifests African reggae dancehall with tracks like Midnight Riddim, Sasila ft Jenesis Kimera and Tears ft Gideon Roots all having a reggae dancehall feel to them. This can be credited to Lukas Blacc’s long love for raga dancehall coined by Jamaican artists and developed by early Ugandan urban artists.
It then transitions into an Afro Swing fusion with R&B melodies titled Night Shift where Lukas gets real on how love is a fading truth but can’t be resisted. This track is a show of the poetry skills earned by the fourth-year law student over the years with inspiration from good production.
The LP proceeds into a hard-hitting collaboration League ft Cxnrvd & Axon which is a poetic and melodic celebration of Africanacity and what it means to love one’s people. A lively track with the superb execution of Cxnrvd and the magical fingers of Axon, it promises a lot for the listener.
BoBV is then capped off by a Hip Hop track titled One Thing ft Likkle Bangi & Lagum the Rapper as Lukas Blacc showcases his rap ability rubbing shoulders with industry veteran Lagum who lays well-executed bars with the icing on the cake being the foreign voice of Likkle Bangi who calls out the haters in a hook you’ll want to hear all day.
Birth of BlaccVibes is an experience rather than just a collection of songs as the listener is taken for a ride through different genres with bangers littered everywhere; and just like its title suggests, the project is Lukas’ first major step in his musical evolution. Expect more from this crafty urban sensation. #Blaccvibes #BoBV
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