“Massively interesting character and a lot to come from him I suspect” – BBC Introducing
“SFZ is one of those artists whose music puts society under the magnifying glass, and delivers, in every track, a cold shower of reality.” – Planet Singer
Following closely in the footsteps of other British breakthrough rappers such as Dave, Classically trained pianist and rapper, SFZ (also known as Joe Ordish) is bursting onto the UK Hip Hop scene and making waves with his unique, interesting raps and classical piano fusion.
With the surge of lo-fi hip hop and rap into the popular music scene, this style slots perfectly into the gap of what we were missing, bringing us real hard-hitting lyrics with a melodic juxtaposition to the piano.
Joe flexes all of his skills on this track, not just composing and writing the song, but self-recording and producing as well. It’s no surprise that BBC Introducing has already caught wind of the rapper.
Elevate is the debut single for SFZ; it’s a super-chilled, stripped back track tune reminiscent of The Streets and Loyle Carner. The minimalistic nature of the track takes things back to basics and exposes the true talent of SFZ, leaving nothing masked.
Using music as a form of therapy through battling mental health and drug abuse issues, Joe makes this music extremely relatable for a lot of people, using his talented ability as a songwriter to not only heal himself, but help others heal and see the way forward.
With a debut album on the books for next year, SFZ is definitely a one to watch.
Written By Mars Smith
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