The long awaited follow up to The Underground Tapes is finally here. The title, indicative of the fresh start that Saukrates has taken to the project is letting his old and new fans know it’s game time. Season One, full of soul and style is expressive of new beginnings with a familiar flavor. The messages being delivered are clearly rooted in Soxx’s appreciation of sports growing up in Toronto. At times over seasoned, with the all too expected sports analogies peppered through the 17 songs.
Soxx’s fight to create has been ongoing since being dropped in ’98 by Warner all the way to the release of Season One. Having a hard time sustaining major backing by a label, he lent his talents to other endeavors until finding a home with Gilla House, his group Big Black Lincoln, and being a co-founder of Capitol Hill Music.
The total package could have done without a few tracks to make a more direct and less redundant approach, but after a long hiatus some fans may be grateful for the fleshed out and complete project. Tracks like “Say I,” “All the Way,” and “Save The Day” are uplifting and inspiring. “Iphone 4″ and “Drop it Down” feature uptime and hypnotic beats more suitable for a party or a club. The mix of these songs with added elements of story telling and electric melodies give the listener a unique journey. A mashup of rap, R&B hints, even electronica, give an array of sound to enjoy.
Being nominated twice for a Juno award first in ’96 then in 2000 this maybe Soxx’s chance to take one home. It appears that he has found his recipe for success lets just hope it’s not another decade before the next Saukrates project.
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