In his first album, GRiZ took the electronic music scene by storm. By combining a hip hop/glitch vibe and some huge sounds from trap music and dubstep, Detroit native GRiZ aka Grant Kwiecinski has defined himself as one of the best new artists of this year.
His first album, Mad Liberation, was an incredible first look at the serious talent in this young producer. At 21 years old, GRiZ is the humble man behind this superior sound. Upon the release of his first album, GRiZ released a statement claiming that his album was made with a lack of any “fancy recording equipment” or “proper studio time,” and that everything we hear on the record is a combination of sounds he engineered, or live instrumentation that he “soulfully recorded by [him]self.”
Now, after listening to GRiZ’s newest album, Rebel Era, it’s safe to say that his soulful and personable touch is back again with full force. From start to finish, GRiZ picks up the funk right where he left off. With huge bass and intense drums and wobbles, Rebel Era is, much like his Freshman release, full to the brim with speaker-crushing guitar and saxophone solos on top of some of the jazziest, funkiest grooves I think I’ve heard in electronic music for a long time.
GRiZ — Rebel Era | Free Download
Cover to cover this album displays the true human touch GRiZ is capable of expressing through his music. Every track has emotion and feeling behind it. It’s gotta be something in the saxophone that makes almost every song sexy as f*ck.
GRiZ also seems to be pushing his own boundaries with tracks like “Simple” that features pure funky dance music; clean and crisp funk guitar with heavy echoed notes on the keyboard is something not many GRiZ tracks in the past have seemed to convey… the breakdown towards the end is even a bit reminiscent of early Daft Punk.
The album even demonstrates an emotional side of the producer we didn’t necessarily get to see in his last album. GRiZ shows his sensitive side with the track “Keep The Dream,” a nine-minute epic through a dark and demonic bass line along with some pretty incredible scratch and synth work.
All around this album is a combination of huge sound and impact — a triumphant and electrifying return of the humble, human producer.