Review: Scorzayzee – AEON: peace to the puzzle
One of the most exciting releases dropped in UK hip hop thus far in 2015 has got to be Scorzayzee ‘Aeon: Peace to the Puzzle’. Now, there are tunes from six years ago on YouTube which show Scorz shouting out a “get ready for peace to the puzzle” to his eager fans. So why did it not arrive until 2015?
Scorz is a man with a very interesting history behind him, which is documented and explained in a short documentary created as part of a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign, initially reaching for a target of eight grand ended up smashing and doubling its target, setting a new record for any UK rap project on Kickstarter to date.
The album, at twenty eight tracks (including bonus track), provides a selection which both manages to run along a well-orchestrated musical thread, avoiding dull filler tracks and repeated material. Double Dragon brings a moody, ominous vibe and guests heavyweight Chester P for a verse.
Scorzayzee triumphantly spits his bars with confidence and precision: these words at times can orchestrate anthems; a testament to perseverance through hard times and staying true to what you love. All In Together, for example is a rallying call: “All in together now, let’s gather round / We’re gonna try and get this thing off the ground.” The beat, meanwhile, is as dynamic and enjoyable as they come, provided (like several cuts on the album) by DJ Fever.
There are a lot of tracks on the release which deserve your full attention, but another notable one is Money Worries, which features Nick Stez on additional vocals. Scorzayzee has said in interviews that he wanted a “warm, 90s sound” to his full length and here you can feel that. A soothing, affluent melody intersperses Scorz’s consciously tight verses for a topic we’re all familiar with- cash, and lack of it; “I don’t really care for this illusion, I’m a man of freedom… Until next time I get paid, money got the whole world going insane.”
The artwork for the album is dope, too. Simple on a first glance, the Kid Acne piece shows what appears to be a green dinosaur stomping through a city. On a slightly closer glance it seems more like a person in a dinosaur shaped costume. The city is a detailed, fine line black and white addition which envelops and surrounds the dino-disguised coverstar, who looks uneasy whilst he spits into a microphone. Make what you like of that, but it certainly has got unique style flowing through it, just like the album itself.
Review by Sophie Gaudin