Review: S-Endz – Outer Space [EP]
I try to listen to as much new music as possible — I get suggestions from everywhere, Twitter, my friends, online… regardless, rarely do I find something that actually catches my ear and warrants a repeat listening. There is an infinite supply of music out there, but the vast majority simply isn’t worth a listener’s time.
I was introduced to S-Endz through Twitter and was directed to download his debut EP, “Outer Space,” from his official site. Adopting a Radiohead-esque template for purchasing the music, one can choose how much to pay for the single at the site. Free or not, it really comes down to if the music itself is actually worth listening to.
The title track, “Outer Space,” featuring Kazz Kumar and Rukas, sounds incredibly fresh. The track is a strange affair — the music itself sounds like a cross between Trent Reznor and Kanye West, a sound that S-Endz has coined “Neofunk.” It’s different for sure, but more importantly it works and sounds like nothing you’ve heard before.
Regardless of what genre this music actually is, it contains a lot of rap overtones, and S-Endz does a good job of applying his skillful flow over the strange backing track. Kazz Kumar offers background vocals, and one of S-Endz friends, Rukas has a verse in the track as well. Rukas’ flow is not quite the norm for rap, in my opinion, it sounds like he is trying to play catch-up a bit with the beat, but overall it works out. Both S-Endz and Rukas have unique voices that just add to the “new” sound of the track.
The second track, an “Industrofunk Remix” of “Outer Space” is a cool alternative take on the track. A lot of time remixes don’t really accomplish anything, and while this doesn’t change the track a whole lot, it’s possible some listeners will like it better than the normal version of the song.
The third track, “Electric Man,” is a pretty sparse production, regardless of all of the instruments used. There is an overdriven synth-guitar sound for the majority of the track, layered over a pretty heavy drum beat. This track doesn’t really “feel” the same as “Outer Space”; consequently I do not like it near as much. Regardless, if you find any interest in S-Endz it is definitely worth a listen.
Overall “Outer Space” is a solid release, while it may have been better as just a digital single instead of an “EP” with the remix and b-side, the title track is interesting enough to keep listeners waiting for the next material that S-Endz releases. Definitely an interesting project.
If you are interested in checking it out for yourself, head on over to his official site for details.
Sounds Like: If Kanye West and Trent Reznor had a bastard love child.