“It became true, it became you…”
Soulful sax and nostalgically dreamy, choir-kissed vocals back up the good-vibes rap anthem of classically laid-back bars that is ZUTA’s I Remember.
Featuring cleanly-mixed verses and mellow storytelling and scenes, the whole thing relevantly takes the listener back to a simpler era, complete with the doo-wap-style gospel blessings of a melodic hook intermittently breaking up the bars.
The story is reflective, as per the implications of the title, and while the details prove true to our protagonist, the completed effect is that it prompts the listener to delve into their own memories of the good times; something we all like to revel within once in a while.
Vocally there’s a certain tone and character to the ZUTA voice, as well as a mildly freestyle-esque energy to the writing. Ultimately the release keeps things easy-going, colourful and appreciative of the moment, and in the process reminds listeners to move with the same kind of gratitude and calm.
The backdrop is beautiful, from the sax to the warmth of those distant vocal oohs, to the subtle scratch samples and fragments of additional melody – even the timeless beat, upfront and addictive to groove to. It backs up the songwriting and positivity of the style in a naturally enjoyable way. Hopefully there’s plenty more music to follow.