SZA signs to Top Dawg Entertainment | News

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Following the success of the forward thinking sounds on 2012’s debut EP release See.SZA.Run and the continuation of an aesthetic in S, newcomer SZA has just signed to Top Dawg Entertainment.

Her first release for TDE will be the third in her trilogy of EPs, Z, and is set to present both a growth and contunation in the sound that she has nurtured since the beginnings of her relatively short recording career. Judging by singles “Julia” and “Teen Spirit” which have been taken from Z, SZA is hastily moving away from comparisons to the likes of nocturnal R&B pioneer The Weeknd and the stack of artists that are following suit in their use of ambience and low-to-high frequency contrasts. Rather, “Julia” presents an upbeat electro-pop showcase of SZA’s subtle vocal dexterity and “Teen Spirit” is a glacial exercise in hip-hop minimalism and the tantalising layering of an arrangement.

To mark her sigining to TDE, SZA has released a short video (which you can watch below) in which her airy vocals play out over visuals of her riding a bike through some pristine scenery whilst putting together a floral TDE sign, in keeping with the artwork for her debut EP. Through this signing, SZA will be joining the ranks of Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q and Jay Rock, fast making her one to watch in the coming months.

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