Peace, Love and Understanding is the debut album from the production duo of Dimitri Craven and Jerry Andrews, collectively known as Zona. This eclectic combo, based in Los Angeles, pushes a 'live' deep house style and has had previous acclaimed releases on Good For You Records, Kapa, and House Tribe Records. Zona focuses on the soulful and inspirational facets of house music, collaborating with a number of talented vocalists and players to realize their finely textured sound. 70x7 Records is the pair's own label which plays host to Peace Love & Understanding and its moving twelve tracks.
Zona's album is an ambitious undertaking, as the pair worked on its production on-and-off for seven years. Each song features a vocalist ideally suited to the individual vibe, including Angela McGary, Valerie Moise, and Wade C.Long, among others. Another of the album's highlights is its integration of live instrumentation with the house music beats … the Zona members have a history of playing in live bands and sought to incorporate this feel in their music. The result is a soulful and often inspirational collection of songs, including the Rhodes chord-led "I Am Beautiful", the driving "Slave to the Rhythm", and the warm, positive energy of the album's title track. Peace Love & Understanding will give the dance floor lots to feel good about.
Tyree Cooper - "Really hot sh%t!"
Abicah Soul - "Such nice songs!"
Lenny Fontana - "I'm liking 'I Am Beautiful' and 'It's Alright' … great job."
Hippie Torrales - "Great album. I love the production and the performances."
Robert Owens - "Nice tracks!"
Eddy Spirit (Spirit Crew / Janga Radio) - "There's a summery, light-hearted feel here that penetrates the whole album. Close your eyes and the sand, sunshine and tropical drinks can't be far away!"
Richie Roberts (The Dance Factory, BBC) - "Not very often do you find a house album of such high quality, amazing songs, incredible vocals, and sublime production. Wonderful."
Jamie Topham (CDPool) - "Absolute quality on show from Zona and the featured vocalists here … love, love, love!"
DJ Deelay (Underground Sessions Radio Show) - "Gotta love the soulful vibes here … great vocals. Blissful!"
Sole Notes Of House - "Great way to celebrate the spring season with these feel good songs that'll make the hips sways like tree leaves."
DJ Lolly (Freek FM / Ruff Diamond) - "Nice soulful house … summer vibes and lovely tracks."
Available now from iTunes