Friday marked Black Coffee's splashy return to the charts with the debut of his new album. Entitled Subconsciously, the 12-track record boasts killer local and international collaborations, including Pharell Williams, David Guetta and Usher. The album follows the hit producer's Music is King EP, which landed back in 2018. Fans have already shown much loved to previously released hits 'Drive' and 'Lalala' with Usher but will likely delight in a fresh catalogue of new tracks.
The album opens with Lost, a single featuring Greek artist DJ Angelo and British multi-instrumentalist Jinadu. Perfect to set the mood and usher the listener into Black Coffee's trippy house music and electro universe, this is a melodic, emotion-tinged club cut that sets the tone for the rest of the LP.
There are no fewer than seven singles throughout the rest of the record, starting with December’s gospel-evoking ‘You Need Me’, featuring Bronx-born singer and model Maxine Ashley and South African star Sun-El Musician. Chart-topping singer-songwriter Sabrina Claudio then lends her ethereal vocals to ‘SBCNCSLY’, a delicate dance track drenched in warm piano chords and rolling drumlines, pop and R&B superstar Usher links up with Black Coffee on the groove-laden ‘LaLaLa’, a track that topped the South African Airplay Charts when released in 2019, and cultural icon Pharrell Williams contributes to the poignant modern pop energy of ‘10 Missed Calls’, with vocals from fellow Grammy winner Jozzy.
‘Ready For You’ follows, pairing warm, shimmering electro-pop vibes with the angelic vocals of aptly-named UK singer-songwriter and ‘BBC Sound of 2020’ winner Celeste. Fresh from being crowned #1 DJ on the planet in the coveted DJ Mag ‘Top 100’ rankings, David Guetta and Black Coffee’s 2018 collab ‘Drive’, featuring the vocals of London-based Delillah Montagu, is also included on Subconsciously, a track described by Resident Advisor as “another classic Black Coffee production”. The LP’s closing track is a similarly high-profile affair. Featuring music mogul Diplo, ‘Never Gonna Forget’ is a percussion-driven deep house gem pairing guitar strings with the pitch-perfect vocals of UK chart-topper Elderbrook.
The release has been met with generally positive reviews from fans and critics alike.
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