Mi Casa – Su Casa
Mi Casa – Su Casa
What we thought:
Like all the most blissful, sensuous moments of your life, Mi Casa’s second album of sexy, groovy, intoxicating tunes is the best thing to have happened to the SA music scene this year.
The feverish anticipation for the urban-jazz-house trio’s follow-up has been for a very good reason. "Jika", the first single of the new album, is already a radio airplay and iTunes hit and the song most requested at their live shows.
The dynamic group, comprising vocalist-guitarist J-Something, trumpeter Mo-T and producer and keyboardist Dr Duda, has only been together for 2 years and came together one night at a club. And in those 2 years Mi Casa have blown up on the back of their superlative hit "These Streets", which went on to win Record of the Year at the 2012 SAMAs.
The group also won Best Dance Album for their debut Mi Casa Music and Duo/Group of the Year SAMAs that year. And that was just the beginning as Mi Casa went on to dominate SA radio with more catchy, soulful hits such as "Heavenly Sent", "La Vida" and "Can't Get Enough" – each release more enthralling than the next.
Mi Casa have also solidified their growing fanbase with live performances around Africa that turn any venue into a heaving mass of happiness, a nation under a groove. For the group, it’s all about making sure their fans are having the time of their lives, and it’s a culture that continues on Su Casa, which clocks in at over an hour of 16 soul-and-bootyshaking tracks.
J-Something’s mellifluous and fluid vocals are, well, something indeed. It’s an invitation to a particularly wicked secret, a seduction so sweet that only the soulless could resist those suggestive lyrics. Su Casa goes even deeper than Mi Casa Music, venturing into full-on turn-on on album opener "Turn You On" ("Can you let me into your space?/I promise I won’t touch, I won’t taste… For now") and odes to the things that matter most to them: the ladies, as always (every alternate track – at the very least), their home (on "Africa Shine" and their tribute to Tata Madiba "No Greater Love"), and J’s Portuguese roots on "Voce".
At 16 tracks, Su Casa can feel like an hour-plus of the same groove and tempo – this is a very laidback, classy vibe. So come suitably dressed for the occasion.
"Jika" – Eish that song does things to me. Mi Casa make this look so damn easy. Also, a shout-out to "Feel the Love" ft. new kid on the block Jimmy Nevis – a Capetonian with a voice so sublime even J-Something gives up the lead vocals duties to the youngster.
"Leave" and "Number 1" close the album and are pretty indistinguishable – they even start with exactly the same beat, and this far into the album some more variation would have been appreciated.
It’s house, it’s jazz, it’s funk, soul, pop, and downright sexy any which way. Su Casa sounds like South Africa circa 2013 and it is irresistible.
Watch their video for Jika here: