When you think of Alabama, you may think of southern charm, great BBQ, or maybe even literature (To Kill a Mockingbird). What you don’t think of is Future Funk. Ben ‘Cero Rio‘ Robinson is changing that with the release of his debut album, Towards the Future, which is self described as “A story of mutual friends taking a small drive together.”
Now, there are a lot of great tracks from this EP, which you can check out here, but I wanted to point out “To Satisfy Me”. It’s a fantastically produced funk-slow-jam which utilizes a frequent sample in a unique way. The song begins muddled and diluted by a filter until fully revealing itself with a dense mixture of synth chord progressions, wood-blocks, faint guitar licks, groovy bass lines, and vocals that swoon, “ooh baby, satisfy my love“. As the song evolves, more vocals are introduced, elements are re-arranged and filters are faded–a perfect production.
New to the scene and with only one album under his belt, Cero Rio is someone to keep an eye on.