I’ve been following blackwave. since their debut EP “Mic Check” two years ago and I’ve also had the chance to see them live with their great band. Those two concerts couldn’t have been more different. Not necessarily for me but definitely for the band. At the show in Zurich it had about 10 people, 6 of them me and my friends. At North Sea Jazz they had a full house and they put on a thrilling show that even ended in a mosh pit (at a jazz festival!!).
Now the duo from Belgium have released their debut album “Are We Still Dreaming” with 15 tracks, some of them are already known like “Elusive”, which would have become a big hit in a better world.
Rapper Jay Atohoun and producer / singer Willem Ardui master both lively and catchy songs, as well as straigh rap tracks and repeatedly you can find a good portion of soul, sometimes even combined with drum’n’bass or trap elements. Most of the songs were produced by Willem Ardui, one track was contributed by Konteks.
Guests include Benny Sings, Caleborate and the promising YellowStraps.
One of Belgium’s best music exports has made a multi-faceted and impressive debut with “Are We Still Dreaming?”.