Emapea, the renowned beat-maker from Poland, burst upon the scene with multiple compilation appearances on Cold Busted, an inclusion on Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz 8, and his stunning debut album Seeds, Roots & Fruits. Fans and headz worldwide have been clamoring for a follow-up, but all Emapea wanted to do was just ‘zone out.’ And that’s what happened, with the release of Emapea’s twenty song album Zoning Out, Volume 1.
Emapea’s cuts are meant for the listener to get lost in – but they’re not only for chilling, or when deep in thought, but also for getting in that crucial head-nod zone, like when the DJ drops the dopest beat. Expertly crafted and sequenced, the album presents a boom-bap journey that’s dreamy and spacey while remaining tough and jazzy. “Check It Out” exemplifies the mood with its smooth drums, chiming keys, subtle sax riffs, and hip hop shout-outs. The vibe expands on “Motion”, adding an exotic, worldly flavor to the seductively loping rhythm. And “Classy” features a smokey saloon piano melody that cruises smugly out of jeep-beat speakers. This track was recently featured on a limited postcard record, mailed surreptitiously to lucky Emapea supporters.
Zoning Out, Volume 1 defines Emapea as an artist to watch on the international beat scene. Pay attention as Volume 2 will be continuing the journey in later months.
Mr. Bristow (Subtek / Detox) – “Some really nice joints on this – great work!”
Danny Ward (Moodymanc) – “Lovely, gritty deep beats.”
Rusty (Funk Weapons / All Good Funk Alliance) – “Nice groove here. Love the laidback feel and piano plonks. Reminds me of something Mo-Wax would have dropped back in the day.”
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show) – “Crackles like fire!”
Stereo 77 (Plimsoll Records) – “I’ll be headphone vibing this all day!”
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) – “Stunning jazzy beats. I cannot find a weak track on here.”
Laurent N. (House Nation Radio) – “Beautiful release with TOP stuff from Emapea.”
Yogi Haughton (DJ Magazine) – “This is great. Good for bars and early sessions.”
Eric Tchaikovsky (Night Light Sound System Radio Show) – “Love from the first note.”
DJ Osric (Black and Blue Show – Perth) – “Brilliant release from Emapea, this has me totally zoned out. Can't get bored listening to smooth production and mellow but banging beats like this. Looking forward to part 2!”