Armed with a MacBook and hours racked up on YouTube tutorials, 25-year-old Birmingham based JMZ set out on a mission to channel the inspiration he took from Sango, Kaytranada and Just Blaze and come up with his own blend of instrumental hip-hop.
With his debut mixtape ‘Let Me Be Great’ set to drop soon via London label Province, the rising beatsmith is premiering his second single ‘Church Ave’ exclusively with CLASH.
“Initially it was a Japanese pop song that inspired it,” says JMZ. “I can’t remember the name but I ran with it. As it became more complete it reminded me of the time I spent in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Then coincidentally someone sent me a load of voice notes reminiscing about those times in New York and I just thought it would go perfectly.”
Alongside the track, JMZ has put together a mix of the music that influences his sound, from Kanye West to RAYE.
“Sometimes you wanna make something indisputably nice that you know people are gonna wanna play a few times because something about it feels good,” he says of the mix. “That's what I hoped to achieve with this one.”
Decap – Meditation Break
Metsa – Standing Still
Akil – Self Motivation
Kanye West – Father Stretch My Hands pt1
Dave B – Do Not Disturb
KiD CuDi – Flight At First Sight
Akil – Life
Bia – Fungshway
Cardosu – Flex
A$AP Ferg – Shabba Ranks
Future – March Madness
Drake – KMT
Sango – Respeita
DJ Yung Vamp – Blessings
Erykah Badu – I Been Going Thru It All
Tierra Whack – Child Please
Whereisalex – Be Your Girl
Run The Jewels – Legend Has It
Migos – Kelly Price
Raye – I, U, US (ROM Remix)
Chance – I Shoulda Left You
Lil Uzi & Gucci Mane – Change My Phone
Gucci Mane – Drove U Crazy
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