Morgan Zarate

You always know when Morgan Zarate collaborates with the Hyperdub label, you are going to get something real special.  Even though he is mainly known for his work with the groundbreaking UK band Spacek and his own leftfield experiments in hip hop and R&B, his Hyperdub releases always give him a chance to take deeper explorations into his own sound.

On Morgan Zarate’s latest project, the Taker EP, he touches on a variety of genres and works with two of the best vocalists in the UK scene.  On the opening track “Pusher Taker,” Zarate works with the talented Roses Gabor to create a beautiful piece of synth pop magic that has a few nods to some of Prince’s early work.

Things get frantic on the trapped out “Katsu,” which takes the vocal chant that was sampled on Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle” to a darker part of the club.  On “Far Too Late,”, Tawiah’s soulful voice melts into a track that makes you wonder what it would have been like if Sa-Ra Creative Partners had dabbled in the post-dubstep sound.   The EP closes out on a cinematic note on taiko drum filled “Tayo,” which could easily be the soundtrack to a chase scene in a movie.

Look out for Morgan Zarate’s Taker EP dropping September 24 on Hyperdub.  Stream “Pusher Taker” here.


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