Born in Memphis, TN, raised in Brooklyn, NY and now living in Chicago, IL, Quazar is a solo artist who recently released a full-length album entitled Maquacosmz. He makes slightly futuristic-sounding instrumental songs that combine hip-hop beats with an ample amount of synths that range from everything to airy pads to saw like leads. The songs combine various genres such as funk, hip-hop and electronica into original material that refuses to rely on predictable arrangements.
The album is a behemoth at seventeen tracks and is almost impossible to take in one sitting but who said you have to do that. I found it best just to hit play whenever I had an opportunity. It’s like an almost endless arrangement of sounds, which are connected that feel good going down in almost any situation. Having a party - pop in Maquacosmz doing the dishes - pop in Maquacosmz; inviting over that special someone - pop in Maquacosmz.
For the songs on Maquacosmz Quazar seemingly decides on a palette of sounds and then goes manipulating and arranging them into what sounds almost like jam sessions. Think of a jazz band where they decide to jam in the key of C and then just go off - the songs are kind of like that.
The second track “Get It In” has a smooth, slight funky vibe that mixes in synth bass, arpeggiated synths and pads into an impressive collection of sounds. It’s obvious Quazar is a bit of a perfectionist and pays attention to the details as the song is nuanced and contains little moments of inspiration you might miss if you are passively listening.
“Da Suk” has a lounge, soulful swirl of sound while “Da Black Pantha” presents an almost mysterious noir type vibe. The title track “Maquacosmz” has an upbeat momentum that is one of the most danceable tracks on the album. Quazar does a good job mixing up the sounds and keeping the song fresh and engaging.
If you are looking for a catchy two-minute track with a hook and chorus you won't find it on Maquacosmz. Maquacosmz is an album that creates compositional soundscapes that evolve and devolve over time and explore intricate details. Quazar’s music is for those who like to dig a little below the surface.
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