Mostack Brings You His Debut Album Stacko
We are halfway through the year and already we have seen UK music shining in its best. A string of UK artists have released Bops and Bangers that are making us all embrace what Uk music is about, whether its the release of Dave’s Psychodrama, Slow Thai’s debut album Nothing Great About Britain and Skepta’s Ignorance is Bliss. . We have had a lot to be thankful and appreciative for in terms of UK music and now joining the artists who keep on giving Mostack is here with his brand new debut album.
When it comes to the string of debut albums we have come across the last couple of years that have hailed from UK talent the pressure is almost on another level. From the unforgettable Gangs Signs and Prayers from Stormzy which brought together so much in terms of various textures, sounds, lyrical flows and melodies as well as classic production from Fraser T Smith. To J Hus’ Common Sense which is still one that we have on repeat and also gave us a refreshing sense of the variety of sounds and levels to J Hus. We were introduced to the beautiful and breathtaking lyrical power of Dave’s Psychodrama which really made us sit up and listen to his ability to capture so much rawness and emotions through the storytelling element of the album. And now also looking to make his mark and represent for his voice and talent comes Mostack’s offering of Stacko.
Upon first listen you really get the variety of different sounds across the album from the opening track Yes Yes to Stinking Rich to the closer What I Wanna, they different yet there is a similarity between them. Whether that’s a commonality between the production it definitely ties the album together as a whole.
Featuring a host of features including J Hus, Stormzy, Dave, Fredo and Dolapo. Each of which bring their own style and flavour to the album, the recently released Stormzy track Shine Girl is one that stands out to us as well as the Doplapo track Make Me Fall In Love & You Can KeepMe Forever is a much more gentler sound among everything else.
As a genre based album it’s hard to pin down what specifically this album should be, mixing across a variety of different musical style that range from hip-hop, a bit of Afroswing, a tad bit of garage and also a hint of R&B it really caters to a multitude of genres which I suppose is something to be said about the current state of music that is multi-genre and crossing various styles. As an introduction to Mostack it might have you feeling a bit all over the place in terms of where each song is going, however it might also see you the various and styles and levels to him as well.
In terms of the songs that specifically stand out to us, the ones we have to give a shout out to include “I’m The One” which features Fredo, “Make Me Fall In Love & You Can Keep Me Forever” “I Want You”and “What I Wanna” to name a few. All the songs in between are filled with the different flavours that Mostack offers.
As far as debut albums go it is a strong contender from some of the debuts we have previously heard before. Unlike some of the more heavier lyrical based albums we have heard what Stacko offers is just feel good music that is very easy to vibe too. Where people are absorbing and taking in music differently than they did before it’s easy for so many albums to miss the mark. Additionally, in a time especially in UK music where each album is better than the last it’s hard to stand out and cut across what is good and what’s average. If anything Stacko is another addition that shows the diversity of what UK music has to offer.
Words: Seneo Mwamba