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  • Paul Riley

Soul Searching With Afterz And Azekel: A Journey Through Eclectic Sounds



Afterz, alongside Azekel, emerge as pioneers of a new sonic frontier. Their debut double single, "Soul Searching / Palme D'or," is a testament to the power of collaboration and the boundless creativity found at the intersection of electronic and organic music.


At the helm of this musical odyssey are the London-based duo Afterz, comprised of multidisciplinary producers Troy. and Très Chill. With their debut release, they invite listeners on a transcendental journey, weaving together elements of Latin, Afro, and jazz music into a tapestry of sound that defies convention.


"Soul Searching," the lead track from the release, serves as a portal into Afterz's sonic universe. Featuring the soulful vocals of R&B luminary Azekel, the song is a mesmerising fusion of ethereal production and introspective lyricism. As Azekel's voice intertwines with the intricate beats and melodies, a sense of wanderlust permeates the air, inviting listeners to embark on a voyage of self-discovery.


The magic of "Soul Searching" lies in its ability to evoke a myriad of emotions with each listen. From the shimmering synths that sparkle like star dust to the pulsating rhythms that pulse with raw energy, every element of the song is meticulously crafted to create an immersive sonic experience. And anchoring it all is the award-winning saxophonist Ikaey Asanga, whose soulful melodies elevate the composition to new heights.



Reflecting on the inspiration behind "Soul Searching," Afterz and Azekel offer glimpses into the creative process. For Afterz, the song represents the culmination of a lifelong quest for meaning and purpose—a moment of clarity in the midst of chaos. And for Azekel, it's an opportunity to explore new sonic territories and reinvent himself as an artist.


In the lyrics of "Soul Searching," we find echoes of this journey—a poetic meditation on love, longing, and the relentless pursuit of something greater. "In my pocket I got star dust", Azekel croons, his voice dripping with emotion. "In her pocket she got sweet drugs / Said I’ll take you anywhere I go / You know I’ll take you there."


With "Soul Searching," Afterz and Azekel have crafted not just a song, but a sonic masterpiece—a testament to the power of collaboration and the boundless potential of music to transcend boundaries and unite listeners across the globe. As the final notes fade into the ether, one thing is clear: this is only the beginning of a journey that promises to be nothing short of extraordinary.

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