Apr 10, 2009 - 3:38 PM
Not many artists are able to play both sides of the field by being a musician and the producer of their own material. That's not the case with native San Franciscan Kero One. Not only does he rap and produce, he also DJ's, runs his own label (Plug Label) and, to top it off, plays various instruments. Coming off his successful 2005 freshman debut, Windmills Of The Soul, Kero One returns with his sophomore release, Early Believers.
Kero provides his listeners with a different sound this time around by venturing into synth-driven beats, more up tempo melodies and, yes, he even flips the today's industry must-have Auto-Tune plug in on the resolute, funky dancefloor jam "Keep Pushing." He covers all bases to craft a feel good vibe with songs like the jazzy, instrumental "A Song for Sabrina" to his breezy hometown anthem "Welcome to the Bay." Although the sound may be different from what Kero fans may expect, he stays true with his use of live instruments and honest rhymes delivered by his distinctive voice. The album also has features from UK's Ben Westbeech, Ireland's Tuomo, and Plug Label artist Ohmega Watts.
Early Believers is a definite must-have for music advocates who can appreciate the hard work of a musician who not only writes the music, but also covers all areas of post production to deliver the listeners a fine polished finished product.
Viberoc is a native San Franciscan and 1/4th of the rap group Infinity Funk Project. You can contact him through his personal page at www.myspace.com/stevenmae or check out his group's music at www.myspace.com/theinfinityfunkproject.