If the name Jez Dior sounds at all familiar, it’s probably because it is. The unsigned, Los Angeles MC has been making a name for himself within the last year thanks to singles like “Dreamcatcher” (a collaboration between himself and self-proclaimed “neo-soul” artist mdnt), “Candles” (a track in which Dior samples Daughter‘s single of the same name) and “Move On,” a bass heavy hip-hop track with inflections of dubstep and samples of Lana Del Rey‘s “Dark Paradise,” to top it all off. But, while the majority of his hit productions have incorporated the work of many other talented musicians, Jez Dior’s newly released album, Scarlett Sage, proves that even without the help of some samples, he can make music of equal, if not higher calibre.
After having had a go-around of the album, I was surprised to find that every track was just as anthemic as the next. Everyone of the beats in this LP are both boastful and audacious. The tracks that standout when I say this include “Nice Day (feat. Anabel Englund),” “Blue” and “Tough To Talk To (feat. Wes Period).” However, if this type of haughty style is not so much your thing, no need to worry as Dior has also been kind enough to include some dark and thought-provoking releases as well. The ones that spring to mind include “West Coast” and “Love Me to Death,” both of which contain Dior’s quick-witted, energetic lyricism.
For a full stream and free download of the complete album, head over to Dior’s Soundcloud [here] and indulge your taste for genre-bending hip-hop with this fantastic new album.