Erick the Architect, the musical polymath and founding member/producer of NYC’s Flatbush Zombies, has released a brand new single titled "Ezekiel’s Wheel," featuring Parliament-Funkadelic legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton.
The track is part of Erick's upcoming debut solo album, "I’ve Never Been Here Before," set to release on February 23rd, 2024.
The single, which explores metaphors in the Biblical story of Ezekiel’s wheel, delves into Erick's diverse musical influences of soul, funk, and reggae. Serving as a reflection of Erick's upbringing attending church with his family in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and the exploration of faith and spirituality. Speaking about the track, Erick states,
"’Ezekiel’s Wheel’ speaks on my initial discovery of being both a fan of music and the desire to become a musician. I had an eclectic taste as a kid for soul, funk, and reggae music more than I ever wanted to be an MC. I was raised in church, so reading the Bible was a practice that provided value and faith."
George Clinton, a pioneer of funk music, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, saying,
"I met Erick while at the shoot for the Funkadelic x Market collab, and we instantly clicked. Dude's got that next funk! Erick invited me to add some Pfunk to 'Ezekiel’s Wheel' – it was a natural process, and I’m stoked by the final outcome."
Erick's debut solo album, "I’ve Never Been Here Before," is a double album consisting of 16 deeply personal tracks that explore themes of fearlessness, Black resilience, beauty in darkness, and unity. The project features collaborations with artists like Joey Bada$$, Westside Boogie, Channel Tres, Kimbra, Lalah Hathaway, RÜDE CÅT, Boy Boy, Pale Jay, and FARR.
Erick the Architect is continuing to carve out his unique space in the music landscape.