Featured EP: steezy prime. – the way.
Steezy Prime set out to find himself, musically, months back with the release of his short Finding a Way EP. Only a few seconds into its sequel project, and his latest effort, it’s made clear that the New York-based producer has indeed found his way. The Way showcases wonderful production without a doubt, but it’s the premise upon which this work was built that shows its true brilliance. The melodic lo-fi journey that is The Way delivers a message to those who feel that their future is bleak: everything is going to be ok.
The Way begins with the soft crackling of vinyl, which is eventually matched with an ingeniously detuned harmony. The track, “content” – a collaboration with chilled-out producer Edward Tucker – causes an overwhelming feeling of relaxation, especially as the subtle clanking of percussion begins.
As Steezy transitions into the next few tracks, he manages to maintain a particular feeling of warmth which seems to resonate long after the playthrough has finished. An uptempo shift accompanied by gorgeous sampling allows the track “i <3 u” to elevate the mood from a state of relaxed contentment to one of pure glee. The next track, “blossom,” offers a new variety of emotions with its smooth bassline and faint jazz percussion. “Long nights” follows, and with it comes yet another beautiful sampling job that, this time, echos over an ethereal chime melody, bringing a new sense of wonder to the EP.
Creating strong emotional transitions with such ease appears to be one of Steezy’s many production talents showcased on the project, and none is more powerful than the transition in and out of the collaborative track “eclipse.” The New Yorker joined forces with the up-and-coming California-based producer Karma Rhythm for this beauty, on which their mix of talents truly shines through. “Eclipse” is short in duration, but its distanced central harmony echoes for far longer, creating a melody that demands emotional attention.
The EP closes with its title track, a staggering achievement in song layering that is awfully reminiscent of the uplifting ending to an indie film. An organ melody takes charge over percussion, allowing a stunning culmination of melodies to bring the mood to a feeling of completion, causing a feeling that, in some circular sense, makes the listener feel as though they’ve found their way.
The Way is now available for download on BandCamp.
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