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  • Writer's pictureMatt Sharp

ERICK THE ARCHITECT UNLEASHES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM "I’VE NEVER BEEN HERE BEFORE" TAKING US ON A SONIC JOURNEY OF FEARLESSNESS, BLACK RESILIENCE, AND BEAUTY IN DARKNESS


Erick the architect
Music polymath and founding member/producer of NYC’s Flatbush Zombies, Erick The Architect, has released his highly anticipated debut solo album – ‘I’ve Never Been Here Before’.

The album consists of 16 deeply personal, and powerful tracks, exploring the themes of fearlessness, black resilience, beauty in darkness and unity. The production consists of a mix of hip-hop, soul, dub, psych and more. These tracks were crafted by Erick in his LA home studio, with notable production contributions from the highly-acclaimed James Blake. Featured on the album are many long-term collaborators, as well as new friends, including Joey Bada$$, Westside Boogie, George Clinton, Channel Tres & more.



Erick The Architect saw great success with his 2021 EP, ‘Future Proof’. However, this new body of work feels like the culmination of a life-time of innovative creation. After spending years with the incredible Flatbush Zombies, Erick is deservedly having his moment in the light as a solo creator. The project feels intentional, with every sonic choice aligning to create a fantastic result. This is the debut album that many artists dream of having, as Erick has lived up to the huge expectation placed on him with ‘I’ve Never Been Here Before’.


Erick cites a wide array of sources for his inspiration, from Picasso and Stevie Wonder, to Miles Davis and Annie Leibowitz. Also cited as inspiration is the spiritual influence of his mother’s life and passing, indicating this to be a deeply personal project. Stand-out tracks include the James Blake produced ‘2-3 Zone’, a skippy, ponderous rap offering. As well as this, the smooth and mellow ‘Breaking Point’, and the NYC-influenced ‘Mandevillain’ left the greatest impression.


‘I’ve Never Been Here Before’ is varied, emotionally rich, and technically impressive. Erick The Architect has delivered his defining moment (thus far) as a solo artist, and ought to receive his flowers for doing so.



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