Starting from the swirling fireside guitar and tribal chanting on "One”, Present is a rapturously liberated peak into the singer, producer, and DJ’s possible futures. Despite its title and its taunting 35 minute running time, this latest project from Ezrakh (which happens to be released on his birthday) is a sonic palette that is anything but localized. “I n U,” co-produced by Iman Omari, is chest thumping bravado that is refreshingly inclusive on a galactic scale. Ezrakh invites us to join him in his revelry of self (“I see the I in you”) by making his birthday celebration truly about us and even word-smithing tungsten before the song closes. Present's sounds are ambitious not just in scope, but detail; “Little Things” deep house groove accentuated with spoken word, the acoustic hop of “Somethin Bout Love’s” smilingly juvenile ‘who smelt it dealt it’ lyric or the gender binary rejecting reflection on “Him (Her Words)”. The wide scope perspective is essential to the emotional drive of Ezrakh's encouragement to embrace the moment and fall in love with the minutia of the momentous: Present.
- Michael Cardigan
released December 30, 2015
All records mastered, mixed, performed, produced and written by Ezrakh except "I n U" (which includes co-production from Iman Omari) and "Get It" (which features vocal performance from Ibrahim Ahmed III).
Cover Photography by: SirMoore
Additional Photography by: Amelia Simone & Zunyda
Design by: Ezrakh
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