Review: Does Keeny Ice’s new EP ‘Sound Check’ offer clues into his future direction?

It’s a brand new day and I’m walking the streets of Accra with my headset shuffling random songs on Spotify and Conquer the World, the last track on Keeny Ice’s new extended play, Sound Check queued in. In my head, it’s a perfect jam to start the day considering the fact that I’m battling low esteem, uncertainty and what the future holds for me after COVID-19 and too much heartbreak in less than two years.

If you’ve ever listened to some previous singles including Hook or Crook on Keeny Ice’s Border Vibes EP you will appreciate the fact that he has already embedded motivation into his music fiber. It also means he’s appreciating life in real time as a young boy raised by his grandmother.

The build up to Sound Check EP was a very exciting one as music lovers expressed much anticipation coupled with heavy social media demonstration by his fans against ABM Global to give a precise release date for the project. It is all clear now what was actually delaying the whole process as much as we thought the whole energy was somehow engineered.

Listen to Sound Check EP on Spotify

Finally, we have it stores worldwide and Perfection, Element of Surprise, Top-notch are some of the key words fans are using to describe what Keeny Ice has actually been working on all these while. Nobody anticipated this side of Keeny Ice to come this soon despite the fact that he’s a good artiste who has proved beyond every reasonable doubt that he’s ready for the world.

In the documentary released by ABM Global two weeks ago, Keeny Ice categorically explained he just wants to do music for the world, music to heal souls that are weak. He also made a social media post indicating that his transition from just being a favorite artiste to a complete musician – but not this hard?

The extended play started with My Way detailing how anxious he is as a creative who wants to challenge himself to do the things he considers challenging. Just like the evolution of Burna Boy, Kofi Kinaata and Wizkid, rapper Keeny IceDash Weh; his comfortable space for a more challenging task which also means music for everybody regardless of geography or gender.

The vocal delivery on Keeper is a subject for another day. He bits everybody’s expectation by allowing Hairlergbe to rap whiles he complement by singing to make sure he make you stay through till the last minute of the song. He has established the reputation of doing short songs since the days of Gankivi explaining music is about the message not the duration.

You’ve probably listened to Deja Vu countless times but let me run you through what it stands for. According to Keeny Ice, the song was recorded a year ahead of its release and if that’s the reality then Camidoh is a hell of a singer. The tone both artistes used to lay their verses was determined by the message they carried across. Music is indeed beyond writing and singing but also creating a perfect atmosphere for its delivery.

Listen to Sound Check EP on YouTube


What’s the way forward for Keeny Ice?

Keeny Ice has a clear direction for his career. His commitment and passion was exhibited in the various songs – writing skills, style of delivery, vocal expression and keeping the audience through the music. The new direction for his career has been defined in this new project. Expectations are that he will start gaining numbers from other parts of Africa now that Sound Check EP has picked up on the chart in Botswana and is still counting.

What Keeny Ice and the Sound Check EP needs right now are major financial backings to take the music to another level. He has evolved and for that evolution to make sense business wise, investment is needed to make dreams come through.

Professor Msia Kibona Clark of Howard University wasn’t wrong when she described Keeny Ice as a versatile artiste during review of the Border Vibes EP. Edem who is Keeny Ice’s Godfather also endorsed him as the next big thing in music. If there’s anything to consider good music right now then Sound Check EP by Keeny Ice is leading the race from the top.

Written by: Vera Lanez

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