Zane Tate
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Zane Tate

Fearrington Village, North Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Fearrington Village, North Carolina, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo EDM Jazz


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"Review of Boom Bap Sunrise"

The sunrise is that moment of the day when anything seems possible, especially after a night with no sleep at all. The body is so tired and the mind so far beyond numb, that time is decomposed in numerous shades, none of which is fully apprehended by the casual partygoer. Zane Tate's first volume of his "Boom Bap Sunrise: Rural Sounds" is the perfect soundtrack to that elliptical time when it's neither dark nor bright, even if the atmosphere feels more urban than rural.

A blend of downtempo textures and broken beat kicks infused with the finest instrumental hip-hop, this album is up any music gourmet's alley. The way it was composed adds that extra push to help create the right ambience: in the producer's own words, "a lot of the songs on this record were written in early morning hours before the sun came up over the mountains by my house".

These tracks do sound executed by sleepless hands; they don't belong to any time in particular but to all times at once. The bizarre pounding sound that you hear throughout "Belly" is the Treasure Island equivalent to a night out at any Afro-Cuban bar in a big city. Halfway through it, "For the Love" has a Middle Eastern vibe that deserves a clamorous reception. And for those chill nights alone at home, "Harbor View" is like that familiar portrait over the fireplace that never fails to comfort you.

Sometimes boldly jazzy ("Hearts & Minds"), other times reminiscently folksy ("Just Wanted to Say"), the record started to grow in Zane Tate's head after producing a digital release for the label Working Beats in 2005. The final number is a macroscopic revision of the second track, "Star Slide", where all elements are maximized by the dope scratching treatment that former label-mate Green Cigar gives the original version.

All in all, "Boom Bap Sunrise" is as suitable for night-driving as it is to greet the dawning of a new day. Its repetitive, circular patterns let in all sorts of moods and manners, making it the proper sonic mattress to the attention deficit state you're in after some tequila-pouring excess. It's glamorous and it's raw like the painting it tries to sketch with sounds instead of colors.

~ Helder Gomes - Properly Chilled



Zane Tate is a North Carolina-based music producer who mixes Downtempo music with Trip Hop, Chillout, and Nu Jazz sounds.  Hypnotic and haunting mood-music meets groove-driven beats on Zane Tate’s newest album, Down to Dusk: Rural Sounds Volume 2.

Zane Tate released his debut album, Boom Bap Sunrise: Rural Sounds Vol. 1, in 2007.  Properly Chilled said of the CD: “A blend of downtempo textures and broken beat kicks infused with the finest instrumental hip-hop, this album is up any music gourmet’s alley.”

Since then Zane has written for and published the successful music web site, Leisure Lab (also the name of his record label), interviewing artists such as Nicolay and Phonte of the Foreign Exchange, Lady Alma, Mark de Clive-Lowe, and eLZhi of Slum Village.

In December of 2009, Zane returned to producing music with the release of Not of this World, a mix of inspired instrumental Hip Hop alongside dark and moody Downtempo. And two years later, Zane Tate made his Deep House debut with the soulful Escapism EP on Stilnovo Music.

Zane released the trip hop / chillout single “The Last Resort” in early 2012, while the summer of 2012 saw the release of Zane Tate’s “El Tiempo Es Circular (feat. Aline Esquivel and Alex Bershadsky)” a song for Nu Jazz and House fans alike.

Now, seven years after the release of Boom Bap Sunrise, Zane Tate returns to the rural once more with Down to Dusk.

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