Mixtape Reviews

Published on July 14th, 2017 | by Tariq Peters



There are not many artists in the music industry that can reinvent themselves over the years and remain one of the most prominent figures in UK music. The term: “evolve or be extinct” could not be more true for North West London artist Donae’O.

The vocalist/producer/rapper/songwriter has proved to be a hook specialist and hitmaker throughout his career and has been responsible for some of the biggest bangers to come out of the UK music scene in recent years (Here’s an example).

Donae’O’s position at the top consists of nothing but hard work. With the launch of his recent label venture Moving Anti with Island Records this year, 2017 is the year for Donae’O to showcase the evolution of his artistry since his monumental reign during the UK Funky House era with culture defining tracks such as “Party Hard” and “African Warrior”.

Donae’O is back with his brand-new mixtape entitled ‘Sixteen’, a 14-track mixtape that represents sixteen years being involved in the music industry and how he has cemented his name in the scene as one of the most charismatic, innovative artist of our generation.

The mixtape begins with “My Team” as Donae’O speaks on being one of the most on demand artist in the UK music scene. With a blend of melodies and in your face boastful lyrics he is more than aware that he deserves to be in his current spot.

This is followed by “Whole Life” featuring Fredo as Donae’O speaks on his grind over the years to achieve his dreams of becoming a successful artist. This was an unexpected, yet noteworthy collaboration as Fredo compliments Donae’O’s melodies with his real life Trap Rap.

With Donae’O being one of the pioneers of UK Funky House, there was no surprise to hear a selection of bubbly, up-tempo productions and we get that in abundance with tracks like: “Let Me” featuring Young T & Bugsey and Belly Squad, “Bingo” featuring Ghetts and Shakka and “Lights On”. One track in particular that stays true to the Funky House sound is the closing track “Mami No Like” which adds a feeling of nostalgia for true fans of the old school UK Funky House sound.

The mixtape does not seem to be overbearing as we are offered an array of experimental sounds that somewhat reflect the creative direction and musical genius of Donae’O.

Tracks like “Hot In February” freestyle, “My Circle” featuring Big Tobz and Blittz and the rapid, drum and bass inspired “Jungle” featuring Shakka asserts his position in the scene, as well as letting supporters know that he is capable of blending many elements and styles to different genres effortlessly whilst adding his own unique twist.

Donae’O recruits an all-star cast for “Polo (Remix)” featuring Wretch 32, Cadet and WSTRN’s Louis Rei. The theme of the track remains the same but the additional features enhance the track as each artist shares their perspective from starting at the bottom to becoming household names in the music industry.

‘Sixteen’ is an extremely well-rounded, versatile project that showcases the very best of Donae’O and the many layers of his musical talents alongside his innate understanding of music.

Donae’O’s success in the music industry is commendable and ‘Sixteen’ can also be viewed as a celebratory project allowing long-term fans and supporters to revel in the fact that Donae’O’s legacy will stand the test of time.

Favourite Track: Bingo featuring Shakka and Ghetts

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Stream ‘Sixteen’ by Donae’O on Apple Music or Spotify

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