Notting Hill based Usman Rabiu AKA Uzzee is leading the British resurgence. ‘Evolution’ EP is due for release on 1st September.
‘Evolution’ is a no holds barred body of work, documenting Uzzee’s own evolution as an artist. It explores all aspects of his psyche, past, present and future and aims to break the chain of conformism, which he feels grips the artistic continent. Heavily influenced by rock, jazz and world music, his eclectic tastes can be heard throughout the EP. The main production work has been done by young UK producer Jelacee of Stooki Sound, Hawaiian based Mr Carmack and Texan musician Eric Dingus, one half of hip-hop duo Drone. The 8 tracks are somewhat of a combined revelation, the tight instrumentation complimenting Uzzee’s unpretentious yet assured drawl.
UZZEE considers himself an expressionist, believing that we all have a duty to express ourselves through our own thoughts and ideologies, Fashion and Music are his most passionate mediums to express himself. He is currently going into his 2nd year of studying Fashion Design at the London College of Fashion. UZZEE recently expressed his love for all things ‘Vintage,’, with his song of the same name, it was his first music video, and grossed over 5000+ plays within 4 days. This was followed by Tom Misch produced ‘Jools Holland,’ which documented the daily grind of London life for an Arts student, the smokey instrumentation juxtaposing it’s gritty connotations.
‘Evolution’ is out on 1st September and UZZEE is also finalising his collaboration mixtape with Long Clothing/BOY London. He is due to appear at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival and will be performing tracks from the EP in the capital very soon. UZZEE has a strong following overseas, particularly in Berlin and Paris, and has been booked for Paris at the end of August, shows in Berlin and Old Town Festival (Nurnberg) in September.