Trendsetting future funk, electro-soul pioneer Griz is in the midst of an epic year after releasing his biggest project to date and selling out the legendary Red Rocks over a month in advance. He took a different approach on his previous album, Say It Loud, by conducting studio jam sessions with a multitude of musicians, and recording those sessions to sample and create a unique, original product. Now he’s revisited his roots on a brand new project.
Grant Kwiecenski aka Griz is just too good to us. He’s decided to treat fans with a surprise 9-track mixtape titled Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 1, and like his previous releases, is available as a free download. Griz is constantly expanding his sound, and this new project is no exception as he draws influence from the golden age of hip hop throughout the 9 tracks for a summer-inspired timeless sound going back to his production roots.
There’s an easygoing energy captured throughout the mixtape as Griz aimed to "recreate the carefree good vibes you feel when it’s just about sunset on the perfect summer evening and everything is the most beautiful shimmering tint of gold.” Each song seems to evoke a airy happiness like we previously heard on singles “Summer ’97” and “Feelin’ High.” Ranging from J-Dilla inspiration to sensual and soulful jazziness, he masterfully blends samples with new original instrumentals and production that blurs nostalgia with his forward thinking sound.
While Griz stepped away from utilizing samples on Say It Loud, he’s perfectly used this craft on his new mixtape / album series to capture a nostalgic, yet timeless, summertime vibe. This mellow project is the perfect music to kick back to and combines his forward thinking production abilities with soulful, jazzy, R&B style smooth instrumentals with a tasteful touch of his gritty bass that effortlessly comes together and is simply accessible to listeners of all backgrounds & generations. As said by the man himself "Chasing The Golden Hour is that magical moment, it is the cool breeze against your back, it is sweet summer swagger in music form. Enjoy the chilled out vibes :)
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