WESTEND Music Review.

Nov 21, 2018
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Westend Music Review: Gold Sodium Vol. 1

Ahzay

Score: 7.9

Instrumentation: 8.8

Lyrics: 8.2

Delivery: 7.6

Production: 7.8

Cohesion: 7.4

Creativity: 7.8

With the release of Gold Sodium Vol. 2 this month, let’s recap the first in the collection: Vol. 1.

“Is it my time? I will never know.”

Thoroughly expressing the ever-changing thoughts that plague many young minds on busy mornings, slow afternoons, and late nights, Ahzay delivers pure gold. Our tears of sadness, pain, anger, and joy are all apart of the universal journey to glory; it’s all “Gold Sodium.”

Proving himself to be in the top tier of Frederick MCs, Ahzay displays a wide range of flows, melodies, metaphors, and most importantly, subject matter. He speaks on the nonchalant attitude most share towards social alcoholism, the quick hold that infatuation presses upon us, the nonstop weight of doubters and seasonal “friends”, sticking to your gut, and putting your past behind you. Incorporating these themes while also mixing in tracks just for the vibe still provide a solid sense of cohesiveness that mirror real life day to days.

“I come from somewhere, where everyone wants to come from somewhere else.”

Words from an artist who is confident where he stands, we see has strong roots at home and his sound surely fits the scenery. Smooth, grooving, and cruising Gold Sodium Vol. 1 is riding music and 2-steppin’ music. With tracks like “Dreams,” “Caged Rhetoric,” and “Wave Now,” you notice Ahzay get into his own head. On tracks like “Balcony Bachata,” “Diamond Exterior,” and “Presto” you can see him get into his bag. No matter what side of the coin you land on with this project, you’re still in luck.

As far as features in this project, less is surely more. Some may say it’s too selective, but a great artist is detailed–which leads to exclusivity. With only four
features, it looks as if Ahzay knew exactly who he wanted to create the sound he needed.

The two additions that were distinctive from the others were Calvin Little and the home team’s solidified rap vet, Stitch Early. Appearing on “Thankful,” Calvin brought his “A+ Game” with an array of soulful, savory vocals, while Stitch placed any new listener on notice as he made a splash on “Wave Now.”

Wrapping up a strong piece, Ahzay inspires his peers with “Dreams.” As he encourages himself and those listening along, we hope that he continues to chase his dreams and continues delivering projects like these and better.

You can find Gold Sodium Vol. 1 on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and YouTube.

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