NYC Musician and human being, Vocaliz, is awakening the world to the wicked ways that he has experienced throughout his latest album release, ‘Afrikan in New York’. Unguarded, raw and unfiltered, it is palpable that this release comes straight from the soul and has been created from a place that is genuine and abounding with liberation. Here’s our track-by-track thoughts.
Kicking off with the first and title track, “Afrikan in New York”, Vocaliz begins with a message from a source within as masterfully crafted lyrics that highlight the enlightenment that has come through stepping outside of self-imposed constraints within choosing to immerse himself in an entirely new way of being in NYC. The second track, “Out of My Mind”, lyrically takes listeners through a journey of releasing the subconscious and shamelessly sharing your truest self over a raw flow that meshes with instrumentals that naturally makes listeners want to move. “Oh Na Na” is the third track that lyrically highlights the power of the mind and choosing to develop your own perception and belief systems over an instrumental energy that mimics The Roots in their ‘How I Got Over’ days.
The fourth track, “At The Speed of Love”, dials down to the basics of being as Vocaliz reminds listeners that our purposes can be laced with the intent to gain in a commercial way, yet the truest treasures are eternally within the greatest gift of all: love. “May Be” is the fifth track that initially creates the feeling of a conversation on the street being recorded and then leads into a conscious lyrical awakening highlighting our gift of choice and how we as human beings create our own trajectories. The sixth track, “We Up”, is a mellow banger in which Vocaliz lyrically embodies the level of inner contentment that he has reached along with the confidence that has come through experiencing dark winters and failure. “Call Me” is the seventh track that blasts off with the truth of how the mass media tends to highlight what an individual has done wrong rather than right and swiftly leads into a fast-flow that speaks of choosing to rise above the ways of the world. “What Do You Mean” is the ninth track that begins with a feeling of a Black Star song as Vocaliz lyrically questions the ways of another, the journey ahead and the peace that he has cultivated within his awareness. The tenth track, “Heaven Bound”, slows it down into a dose of reflection that speaks of the self-love that comes through facing the current version of self and ensuring that you are aligned with your beliefs and your beliefs alone. “The Way it Goes Down” is the eleventh track that is full of Reggae instrumental influence as Vocaliz speaks of a woman who is full of soul that is serving to create a feeling within him that makes him feel fulfilled when it comes to sharing his life with her. Closing out with “So Digital”, Vocaliz ends with a beautiful piece of musical art that speaks to the spirit and uplifts listeners with lyrical reminders that subliminally speak of choosing to persevere in the eye of the fire.
If you’re a fan of fellow musicians such as The Roots, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, then keep an eye on the ride ahead for Vocaliz on Soundcloud.
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