Written by Carla Bynum
Next up is Swedish-Ethiopian singer Sebastian Mikael who aims to solidify his place as the breath of fresh air R&B has been waiting for with his debut album, Speechless, release on June 24th.
The classically trained artist gives us an album that’s short and sweet and is sure to leave you wanting more.
The album starts off with his first official single “Last Night” which features a verse from D.C. native Wale. He sings about a girl who changes her tune after they spent an evening together. It’s a sexy song that combines two of my favorite things, sex and shots.
S. M. relies on another big name for the next song, “4 U.” Maybach Music rapper Rick Ross assists on the track about a woman who makes him lose his cool and do things he’s never done. He promises to leave all his other girls “4 U.” It makes sense for him to include two big name rappers on his album to create buzz, it wasn’t necessary. S.M. has the ability to shine on a track by himself. His talent stands out on its own.
Forever is a ballad where Sebastian owns up to his infidelity but let’s his girl know he has retired from the game. They’ve been to hell and back but he doesn’t want to lose her. He wants their love to last forever.
The next song, “Made for Me,” combines the sensual vocals of two potentially dynamic forces in R&B. Singer, rapper and actress Teyana Taylor’s raspy voice adds undeniable sex appeal to the track where she sings, “I can have anything I want but I don’t want it if you’re not there beside me.” This song can easily become a fan favorite.
He sings about a love that leaves him “speechless” on the album’s title track. The song has a sexy rock feel to it and has massive crossover appeal.
S.M. gives us an old school feel on “Thinkin’ About You,” a song about a girl who is too good for him but he can’t seem to get her off his mind.
“Kiss Me” is a sexy song where he plays the role of a superhero and just wants to skip to the best part where his lady kisses him.
With its thumping drum beat and Sebastian’s incredible vocals, “Lose It” is easily a standout on the album. “I love when you lose yourself to the music; to the rhythm of my beat,” he sings. If this song doesn’t make you want to grab your lover, there is something wrong.
“Crash” is a song about outsiders wanting to see his relationship fail. How many of us can relate to that?
He closes out the album on a high note with the song “Beautiful Life.” He sings about a girl with low self esteem who is afraid to open up and love again. “Where is the life in you,” he asks.
Overall, Speechless is a solid effort that proves to be a great introduction of Sebastian Mikael to the world. It’s definitely worth a listen.
Recommended Tracks: “Lose It,” “Made for Me,” “Crash,” “Forever”