zodiac - zodiac - vase - vinylVSE 06 - 67104 - uk12'' - €12.50
Genre: Hip Hop - Experimental / Electronic
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Vase continues its blooming series of stellar releases since its inception a few months ago with its boldest release to date: the Zodiac EP. This self-titled project by producer / songwriter Jeremy Rose marks a definitive episode in the young labelʼs direction.
On this 5-track EP, Zodiac offers the perfect primer for his musical output. The opener "GirlGirlGirl" pulls the listener right into a dream-like aura, with snares floating alongside sparse vocal samples, drumming up fantasies of what the right MC / vocalist could do this on this instrumental bed. The EP follows up with perhaps its most poigant number "Come", featuring beloved soul singer Jesse Boykins III in top shape delivering layer upon layer of poetic vocals. "So Soon We Change" is probably the most reminiscent piece of his work on House Of Balloons and his commercial R&B sensibility. A hypnotic string sample loop steers the song as drum patterns and rhythms alternate to bring the tempo up and down, building a chilling mood throughout. “Loss Config” provides a cinematic interlude, showcasing his unique taste for the noir film aesthetic. Closing with “138”, Zodiac sets the tone with a brooding instrumental that slowly builds into an epic number, instantly reminiscent of a stadium anthem with impeccable subtlety. Using synth sounds as vocal melody on the track, he closes the EP on a remarkable note.