After proving his flair for flipping soul samples into a laidback hip hop groove on his stand-out beat submissions for the prestigious Roy Ayers Project, Portugal’s Raez returns with a full-length album of original productions for the Cosmonostro family. Think throwback neo-soul with future sensibilities.
From the straight-up boom bap of Siincere’s ‘The Ave’ to the bruk-out vibes of Nongoma’s dancefloor shuffler ‘Desire’, Raez turns everything he touches into soul-drenched gold. Employing the talents of some killer female vocalists on cuts such as ‘With You’ and ‘You Make Me Wonder’, Raez manages to capture the flavours you might hear on a Brand New Heavies or Erykah Badu record, with a style and swing that still sounds fresh and unique.
released January 28, 2014
All tracks produced & mixed by Raez
Mastered by Michael Ferreira at Sine Factory
Words by Luke Bolton
Artwork by 96