If Soulection, Sango, or SPZRKT (pronounced Spazzy Rocket) sound unfamiliar to you – this is as good a time as any to get familiar as these entities are on the rise. Their recent EP release, Hours Spent Loving You, is nothing less than a musical and lyrical work of art infused with honest emotion celebrating the gift of feelings from and for another human being.
Soulection, a California-based record label claiming their stake as “a trusted resource and global platform pushing forth The Sound of Tomorrow on both the music creation and consumption sides,” is home to a diverse group of artists and DJs including Ta-Ku, Starro, IAMNOBODI, and Sango.
According to the label, “Hours Spent Loving You is a summation of how relationships are viewed both earthly and heavenly” and is a thank you to fans and supporters of both artists after their celebrated collaborations on multiple projects including “Middle of Things, Beautiful Wife.”
Getting lost in the lilting background vocals and soothing beat of the first track, “The Motive,” isn’t hard. It sets the tone for the EP by reeling the listener in with an addictive head nod in tune with a heavy and yet oh-so-melodic baseline, giving way to a beat that sits somewhere between giving you a chance to set the mood for a chill afternoon and a precursor to an ill cypher.
After Sango lets you know that he has one of the most talented artists on the planet behind him, he graces us with a short and sweet segway in “Hipster Girl,” before hitting you with “Soon Enough.”
The third song on the EP, “Soon Enough,” vibrates into your soul and brings the listener back into that place we often find ourselves when embarking on a new relationship despite what has happened in either parties’ pasts. Sango takes us into the sense of urgency that can overpower us but through his lyrics and SPZRKT’s auditory interpretation, we see the maturity that resounds in his wanting the relationship to transpire at a pace that’s best for them both, not wanting to lose the butterflies all the while.
Sango brings in Michigan lyricist Waldo (and founder of AGO, a Detroit-based Hip-Hop collective, which Sango is a member of) on “Loneliest Times,” a window into the concept of loyalty between two people in any type of relationship.
My favorite tracks on the EP are the final two, “How Do You Love Me,” in which a mellow and yet haunting melody backs up Sango as he admits his faults as a human being and inquires as to why he is yet still the recipient of an eternally open door of love from his significant other, and the bonus track, “JMK,” that has one of the best placed samples of “Jesus My King,” relaying an ode to SPZRKT’s lack of fear to express his spirituality and his former stance as an artist dedicated solely to Christian Hip Hop. The track is reminiscent of “Love” by Musiq Soulchild in the sense that it has a double meaning in reflection on a relationship with another or a spiritual relationship. Regardless of spiritual affiliation – any real music connoisseur will appreciate the amalgamation of sounds, lyrics, and emotion in this piece.
One of the best things about Soulection is that access to their artists’ music isn’t on lockdown – you can get a listen and free download from Soundcloud or the Soulection site.
Check out the full EP below:
Editor’s Note: Our original article stated that of the duo, SPZRKT produced the EP while Sango contributed vocally. In fact, Sango is the producer and SPZRKT sings.
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Lyrics score 9
Production score 10
Composition score 10