The three-disc Candi Roots Vol 2, released by Soul Candi Records, is a slightly different approach to building the careers of DJs/producers by giving them the opportunity to showcase their production chops on an album. The CDs are produced by V.Underground, Bob’Ezy and Mindgames respectively.
V.Underground has worked with a veritable who’s who of local and international musicians, and this is reflected in the depth of his predominantly deep house sound. He features an array of soulful, talented vocalists on his production, ranging from the legendary RJ Benjamin, Andy Boi and Rona Ray through to Lee Ann King and Sue. Personal favourite is Gelo Wandi featuring Mishka, which features what sounds like a djembe drum driving the track. Enough featuring RJ has a bass line that draws you in.
Bob’Ezy has been producing and deejaying since the early 2000s. Altjough he kicks off with the very international sounding Summer Rain, which he produced with Bevan Gooden and features Michael Ashley, his sound has distinctly South African house and afro-pop influences. Nguwe featuring Deepconsoul and Mzukisi perfectly reflects his musical sensibilities. Bob’Ezy also demonstrates his diversity with the Durban kwaito sounding tracks Aw Suka and Cebo featuring Khaddifi. You will move. Other artists featured include East Band, Thandi Draai, Bhutiza and Siphu Zee.
Disc 3 is the domain of Mindgames, a three-man production team which consists of DJ and producer Bobby, vocalist and lyricist Charlie and DJ/producer Corny. Collectively and individually, they have built solid careers and with this CD, they showcase the extent of their capabilities. While they do feature other artists like Bojas, Three Kingz and Nobantu, the distinctiveness of Charlie’s voice on their own songs sets them apart.
Overall, Candi Roots Vol 2 is a decent offering, providing a comprehensive snapshot of V.Underground, Bob’Ezy and Mindgames without being disjointed.