Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this afternoon’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Rizo, an independent artist that makes up half of the Dreamcatchers duo. Hailing from Ohio, the musician now lives in Nashville and has been releasing music via Soundcloud at a rather prolific rate. In the last few months, Rizo has released a number of tracks, including ‘Too Much Booty,’ ‘Gold Dust,’ and ‘Good Thing.’ Are the tunes worth adding to your own playlist? Let’s dig into them and find out!
All three of these new singles from Rizo can easily be classified into the dance and EDM genres, boasting bombastic production, danceable, funky beats and infectious samples. ‘Too Much Booty’ is a rather fascinating excursion through this; it’s a highly repetitive sample, but one can’t help but dig it. The song has an ability to naturally get one moving. It reminds me, both in lyrical and instrumental style, of New Orleans bounce music. It may prove annoying to listen to for extended periods of time, but in its brief four minutes, ‘Too Much Booty’ offers just the right amount of intensity to be enjoyable.
‘Gold Dust,’ a song with production credited to the Dreamcatchers, has a very different aura than ‘Too Much Booty.’ For one, it’s a funkified pop track with a full lead vocal section. Fully equip with surprisingly tactful autotune and hip hop verses, ‘Gold Dust’ feels like the creative child of Kanye West being melded with Motown. The funky bass riffs and sly electric guitar make ‘Gold Dust’ absolutely enthralling, a dance track that culminates a myriad of genre influences together to great effect.
Rizo has also recently released a recut of his song ‘Good Thing’ and it’s in the camp of ‘Gold Dust,’ infusing a pop atmosphere with electronica and funk stylings. I love the inclusion of an acoustic percussion section, especially in the opening notes of the track. It gives ‘Good Thing’ a much more organic sound, which can always be a potential pratfall for pop singles. The track also boasts the best instrumental solo of the three songs - that searing electric guitar section is splendid.
These are three very good songs indicative of a recording artist and producer that’s worth keeping close tabs on as he continues to rapidly grow his catalog. Keep up to date with Rizo below.