Isaac Aesiliâ€™s debut solo album Eye See is a rich tapestry of sound with R&B at its heart, and lashings of soul, reggae and funk woven within. Experimental and futuristic in some parts, warm and soulful in others, the album, an extension of its author, is a tribute to diversity.
The concept behind Eye See was born of Isaacâ€™s desire to offer todayâ€™s youth a counter voice to the glorification and idealisation of gangster culture, so often promoted by commercial R&B. Destructive lyrics endorsing kids to fail school and encouraging promiscuity, drugs, violence and degradation of women, saw Isaac grow increasingly disillusioned with the genre of music he had loved since he was a teenager. He resolved to record an R&B album that used contemporary production styles, with references to commercial R&B so that it would still appeal to youth, but he would transpose the negative messages with hopeful, positive themes.
Eye See is an inspired album of intelligent, conscious music, an investigation of our world from the perspective of the youth. The opening eponymous track, a song that explores the state of the world today, features Isaacâ€™s nephews and nieces each reciting a line. It is for them and their generation that Isaac created Eye See.