After much speculation and waiting, newcomer Sebastian Mikael drops his long anticipated project Speechless. The full length album features ten fresh R&B tracks that finds the Slip-N-Slide Records artist bringing channeling a mix of old school themes with a modern twist. The mix of sensual lyrics, great production, and a unique voice, make Mikael’s new album Speechless a short but enjoyable listen.
The road to the debut of Speechless was a relatively quick journey for Sweden-bred singer Sebastian Mikael. Prior to the release of his first full length, Mikael was first introduced to the blogs and Internet. The classically trained 24 year-old singer attended California’s Musician Institute in 2008 and later graduated from Boston’s Berklee college of Music. While attending Berklee, Mikael found his big break in signing with Slip-N-Slide Records’ CEO Ted Lucas and released his first mix-tape J’Adore in 2011.
Receiving critical acclaim, Mikael quickly became an instant viral hit. His first single uplifting single Beautiful Life became an Internet hit and shot Mikael into the world of stardom. Being from a musical background, Mikael knew exactly what his sound and message was going to be. Shortly following the release of his mix-tape, he found his quintessential big-break in a collaborative effort with DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia) artist Wale on Last Night. The song quickly rose up the R&B charts and gained steady radio and video play. Fans steadily waited for the release of new music and the debut of his long-awaited project Speechless.
Wasting no time to provide another well-timed body of work, Mikael made plenty of club and blog appearances before dropping his next mix-tape Waiting Game. The appropriately titled project featured six new tracks for fans’ listening enjoyment. Mixing some old school rhythms with a modern sound, this new mix was something different from the Swedish-bred singer. Teaming with producers KJ, Joker, and DZL productions, the tape featured a more modern, radio-friendly listen. The stand-out, romantic collaboration between Teyanna Taylor and Mikael, titled Made for Me, was surely to gain further radio and fandom.
As late June approached, the full-length album finally hit the shelves. The Speechless album is a ten-track effort that features some old and new works that get into a deeper area of pop, R&B and some classic neo-soul. Opening with the chart-placing lead single Last Night ft Wale, the project progresses from a retro vibe to a modern R&B listen that encompasses a wide range of rhythms, acoustics, and production. The single-worthy listen Only 4 U is an up-beat summer ballad that is an easy summer hit with some rap bars from Maybach Music Group head Rick Ross. The following Forever is a previously released ballad that is classic smooth, jazz R&B. The album title track Speechless, Crash, and Beautiful Life let Mikael’s falsetto and alto voice stand out as an acoustic guitar creates a soothing, pop background.
Mikael continues to seduce listeners with a soothing, smooth vibe on the remaining tracks for Speechless. Thinkin Bout You Girl is reminiscent of a neo-soul Maxwell from the 90’s and Kiss Me is a bedroom anthem that is sure to have female fans hitting he replay button. All leading up to the synth production infused Lose It. This stand-alone track is a subtle dance and sensual listen.
Although the ten-track project is an all around great listen for R&B/pop fans, the only flaw is that majority of the tracks are not new material at all. Five of the ten tracks have already been previously released and the opening single has been circulating the radio stations for over seven months. Regardless of the repetitiveness of some of the listens, Sebastian Mikael’s new album Speechless is definitely worth the listen and something for old and new fans to get into and appreciate.
Opinion By Tyler Cole