There’s something to be said of a band which mixes and morphs the way Charles Géne Suite does.
When I discovered them last year they were a seven-piece outfit, mic-trading genres and gearing up for the release of their debut album Suite Nites – which is finally due to hit the airwaves this July. These days they’ve whittled themselves down to five, but it’s really Njabulo Phekani and Noah Bamberger who serve as the foundational pillars who hold up the project.
Ahead of the album comes a tasty teaser in the form of a Langa Mavuso collab titled “Before The Sun Comes Up” – which sees a rare and gorgeous showcase of Mavuso’s crooning vocalism against a psych-synth backdrop.
Artfully and powerfully curated, the track navigates a sort of cross-pollinated combination of jazz, hip-hop and R&B soul. The real kicker comes about two minutes into the track, as the fibrillating beat and hazy synth even out to solidify it all – before an extended guitar riff punctuates the middle. It’s the sort of thing which inadvertently reminds me of Fat Freddy’s Drop.
Really, it’s a deftly written and expertly produced offering which hints at a whole lotta goodness to come.
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