K-Kruz’s now classic status productions on Diverse’s One AM smash record on Chocolate Ind., The Urban Renewal Program on Ninjatune and multiple 12” singles has solidified him as a flagship artist in the new school future beats arena of hiphop. Having worked with Dave from De La Soul, Count Bass D, Caural, Racecar as Modill, Diverse, Primeridian, Thaione Davis, Capital D, Iomos Marad, Longshot, and many more...kruz has several releases under his belt with this being his first solo installment.
His solo debut instrumental EP affair “Time” features 6 timeless tracks drawing comparisons to RJD2, Jay Dee, and Prefuse 73, the depth, soul and freshness in K-Kruz’s style justifies his brand sound alone. His drum programming signature sound is precisely backed by his natural drummer abilities and endeavors even backing Diverse in the drummer role of his live band and the Chicago funk ensemble National Trust. His skalpeling of samples and sequencing are reminiscent of all new school beat producers today.
The lead track “Time” is a goreous, lush and dreamy piece of melancholy electronic soul music. The perfect fitting vocals of Jacob Croegaert in the atmosphere of shimmers and twitching synths make this in tune and on time.
Two excellently executed instrumental cuts after “Time” seal the A side. “Really” is a melting groove of exquisitely sliced soul samples backed by cracking and stuttering drums while “Slip Away” is a serious late nite joint with chopped keys and soul vocals.
The B-side rings in two established heavy weight producers Caural and Take. Caural of Mush Records and Chocolate Ind fills his Time Remix with icy synthesized waves and volcanic burst of distorted drums smoothly neutralized by Jacob’s soothing vocals, in the exact working of Icey Hot!
Take of Poobah Records, also known for recent remix of Flying Lotus on Warp Records, takes his Time Remix into forward thinking and mature mindframes of the ever quest of perfection through sound. The remix is delicate with precise drum programming, chopped chords and deep bass drops leaking into ambient bliss pleasing all listeners ears for a permanent memory of peace.
The EP closes out with a funky swinging upbeat hip-hop veined instrumental composition titled “Otis”, sure to please all and asking for more!
Vinyl/Digital EP Tracklisting:
A1. Time – feat. Jacob Croegaert
A2. Slip Away
B4. Time – Caural Remix
B5. Time – Take Remix