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September 26, 2023
September 26, 2023
GRiZ’s last curated festival before his indefinite hiatus, Ursa Major, will be held in Flagstaff from September 22nd to 24th. As my all-time favorite artist, I wanted to write a series of articles highlighting GRiZ’s albums and his remarkable musical journey. His unwavering commitment to love and inclusivity shines brightly even in the darkest times, and his ascent up the festival ladder has been nothing short of meteoric. GRiZ captivates audiences with his unparalleled live show, featuring live instruments and vocals that add a unique dimension to his performances. His shows blend funk, bass, and house, which is evident in the diversity of his music throughout the years. In this article, I am thrilled to explore his fourth album, Say It Loud.
Say It Loud is a captivating blend of funk, soul, jazz, house, and bass, and is his first album to feature many collaborators. Collaborating with artists such as SunSquabi, Manic Focus, iDA HAWK, Mike Avery, and more, this album sends a message of positivity onto the dance floor and is filled with tracks that get the dance floor moving and grooving.
Starting off with funk-driven dance tracks, “The Anthem” and “Funk Party” captivate listeners with funky melodies and beats that make you dance. “Get Down” is an incredible song with a drop that brings in different elements of the melodies as it progresses, never leaving the listener bored.
GRiZ brings back the dubstep elements with “Need This” and “A Fine Way to Die,” my two favorite songs from this album. Being the innovative producer he is, you can hear both funk and dubstep in these songs, and they are truly well-made. You can also hear his beautiful melodies in “Stop Trippin’” and “For the Love,” showcasing his skills at creating instrument-lead beats.
“Turnin’” and “Take It High” are perfect songs to finish the incredible album, and both have incredible vocalists. “Say It Loud” not only showcases GRiZ’s incredible producing skills but also his ability to seamlessly integrate collaborators into his music.
GRiZ will be missed. Make sure to check him out before his indefinite hiatus. Tickets are sold out, but more info about Ursa Major can be found here!