Album Review: DJ Spinall – My Story

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DJ Spinall – My Story Album Review – The concept of the club/party DJ as hitmaker and artiste, churning out studio albums on which they are assisted vocally by an Avengers-style team of whomever is hot at the moment, has been over-done since David Guetta took the formula, redefined it and shifted millions of albums and singles in the process.

Nigerian DJs have not been left out of this trend. Heavyweights Cool DJ Jimmy Jatt and DJ Xclusive have both promoted their brands by putting out studio albums to various degrees of success.

DJ Spinall, real names, Sodamola Oluseye Desmond, tests these waters with his debut studio album titled MyStory: The Album. The record consists of 16 tracks and accommodates some of the hottest and biggest name pop stars and producers on the continent working today.

The record is pretty much unpretentious about its intentions. DJ Spinall sticks to his strengths and churns out the club bangers back to back. Producers Spellz, E Kelly and Drey Beatz are among the names who are on hand to ensure that the record is one long dance party.

After a brief intro by the Ojokoro Mass Choir, M.I kicks things into play with the hip hop heavy Oluwa, a started-from-the-bottom-now-we’re-here number that is only memorable because of M.I’s energetic delivery. M.I brings along regular collaborator E. Kelly on the beat.  E. Kelly is also responsible for Money which features the can’t-go-wrong double team of 2Baba and Wande Coal. It is quite nonsensical really but everyone involved is having fun and the fun is transferred easily.

The first genuinely good song of the record comes up next thanks to producer Don L37 and Niniola. Tan Mo is hypnotic, and features a slinky vocal performance from the lady who brought us Ibadi. It is hard to go wrong with Sojay on the vocals and he acquits himself competently on Finyele, despite the dismal writing involved. Sojay’s boss Reminisce is both threatening and entertaining at the same time. Olamide probably knows he can get away with anything that is set to a decent beat and that is exactly what happens on Attendance. He doesn’t take himself or his commission seriously and goes on a long speak-sing rant that is not without its merits. He is probably the only person who can sell silly nonsense like this and he does.

The rest of the record consists of A-listers like Yemi Alade, Timaya and Tekno slumming it to irresistible beats that summon you to the dancefloor as soon as they come on. No crime against sound is unforgivable as long as it is set to a fabulous dance beat. DJ Spinall knows this, his producers know it, his friends know it, so no one quite takes what they are doing here seriously.

No one prepares cheese and makes it digestible quite like Tekno and on Baby, he is all over the place spewing his weirdly irresistible brand of rubbish. Not everytime make meaningful music, sometimes just let your hair down and dance the edge away.

Not every error can be danced away on the altar of mediocrity though. South African duo Mafikizolo is at their most uninspired on The Way, and who can blame them? They are stuck with only Ice Prince for company and he drops bombs like They say the boy too clean up/I be like environmental.

My Story is the kind of record that should not work on paper but everyone involved is so endearing and charming, committing themselves to making silly music that is at once empty and danceable. As long as you do not expect higher aspirations, you may find yourself enjoying this one.

Wilfred Okiche

Wilfred Okiche

Wilfred Okiche is a movie buff and music head. He is still waiting for that one record that will change his life and remains ever optimistic. You can follow him on Twitter @drwill20

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