Seasta Chani

"Life Sounds Like"

(Independent); Hip Hop

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Seasta Chani’s debut album is a lesson in DIY.

Inhabiting a male dominated genre in a city on the other side of the world from pretty much everywhere and without a record deal, it could very easily have been put in the too hard basket.

But this, it appears, is not the Seasta Chani way.

Crowdfunded through a campaign (a marvellous platform for gathering project support through online pledges with a payoff to match the funding commitment), Life Sounds Like features Perth turntable wiz, Rob Shaker and a series of grooves that are muscular and soul-inflected with just enough swagger to make you twitch with minimum effort.

And not being one to make concessions, her vocalising style is most definitely Australian, embracing her own real world as she sings and raps about subjects close to her heart in an accent that doesn’t pretend to be something that it isn’t.

The music itself ranges through quite a few interesting styles, from the afro funk of Finding My Feet and the snaky groove of The King’s Son to the frazzled blues swagger of Lonely Fool, making for an interesting sonic journey while maintaining the bottom line of danceability.

With her expressive, conversational vocal style and a production ethic that is clearly aimed at the hips downward, Life Sounds Like is a strong debut that should see Chani going to some exciting places in the future.

Nice one.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.