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I've Never Been Here Before

Erick The Architect

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Brooklyn crew Flatbush Zombies were one of the archetypal semi-outsider cult hip-hop squads of the 2010s, riding off a vision that simultaneously represented classic East Coast tradition while leaning hard into the trippier, gloomier vibes of the era's psychedelic horrorcore-adjacent outliers. Now, after a decade spent honing his group's eccentric sound at the expense of  wider mainstream acceptance, rapper and primary Zombies producer Erick Arc Elliott has embarked on a solo outing that greatly expands how many kinds of idiosyncrasy he's capable of translating into relatability. I've Never Been Here Before is the culmination of a shift both geographically (he relocated to Los Angeles in 2019) and thematically. The latter transformation comes through a maturing reflection that confronts his vulnerability and his need for a greater legacy head-on. The eclectic production shows off this adventurous stock-taking: there's Laurel Canyon-inspired country rock soaring through "Breaking Point," surrealist ambient Kimbra-laced gospel driving "Leukemia / AM," and some of James Blake's most intensely pretty beats ("Beef Patty"; "Too Much Talkin") to join the wheelhouse of distorted psychedelic soul that brings out the unsettled intensity in his dozen-flows voice ("Mandevillain"; George Clinton feature "Ezekiel's Wheel"). In an album where he seems intent on figuring out where he stands by confronting familiar truths (self-big-up "Parkour") with the ambitions he needs to face the unknown to fulfill ("Instincts"), Erick sounds visionary even when he's fighting his own ambivalence. © Nate Patrin/Qobuz

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1
I Am Still
00:01:14

Chloe Angelides, LeadVocals - Erick Elliott, Composer, LeadVocals - Erick The Architect, MainArtist - Matt Zara, Composer, Producer

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2
2-3 Zone Explicit
00:02:59

James Blake, Composer, Producer - Erick Elliott, Composer, LeadVocals - Erick The Architect, MainArtist

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3
Parkour Explicit
00:03:19

James Blake, Composer, Producer - Erick Elliott, Composer, LeadVocals - Erick The Architect, MainArtist

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4
Breaking Point
00:04:50

Baby Rose, MainArtist - Erick Elliott, LeadVocals - Erick The Architect, MainArtist - Jasmine Rose Wilson, LeadVocals - RÜDE CÅT, Producer, FeaturedArtist, LeadVocals - Pale Jay, MainArtist, LeadVocals - Rudolph O. Catwell II, Composer

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5
Mandevillain Explicit
00:02:26

Kaelin Ellis, Composer, Producer - Erick Elliott, Composer, LeadVocals - Erick The Architect, MainArtist

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6
Ezekiel's Wheel Explicit
00:03:53

George Clinton, MainArtist, LeadVocals - Erick Elliott, LeadVocals - Erick The Architect, MainArtist - Matt Zara, Producer - RÜDE CÅT, Producer, BackgroundVocals, LeadVocals - Rudolph O. Catwell II, Composer

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7
Jammy Jam Explicit
00:02:55

Roméo Testa, Composer - Tyler Dopps, Composer - Erick Elliott, Composer, Producer, LeadVocals - Erick The Architect, MainArtist - YouthXL, Producer

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8
Ambrosia Explicit
00:03:08

Raf Riley, Composer, Producer - Linden Jay, Composer - Linden Jay Berelowitz, Producer - Ruby Francis, Composer, BackgroundVocals - Sheldon Young, Composer - Channel Tres, MainArtist, LeadVocals - Erick Elliott, Composer, LeadVocals - Erick The Architect, MainArtist

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9
Shook Up Explicit
00:02:33

Farr, MainArtist - Joey Bada$$, MainArtist, LeadVocals - Linden Jay, Composer, Producer - Roméo Testa, LeadVocals - Erick Elliott, LeadVocals - Erick The Architect, MainArtist

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10
Beef Patty Explicit
00:02:32

James Blake, Composer, Producer - Erick Elliott, Composer, LeadVocals - Erick The Architect, MainArtist - Boy Boy, MainArtist, LeadVocals

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11
Colette Explicit
00:03:03

Nikhil Seetharam, Producer - Erick Elliott, Composer, LeadVocals - Erick The Architect, MainArtist - T Minus, Composer, Producer - C Wray, Composer, Producer

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12
Instincts Explicit
00:03:56

Erick Elliott, LeadVocals - Erick The Architect, MainArtist - WESTSIDE BOOGIE, MainArtist, LeadVocals - RÜDE CÅT, Producer, BackgroundVocals - Rudolph O. Catwell II, Composer

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13
Neue Muse
00:03:02

Roméo Testa, Composer - Erick Elliott, Composer, LeadVocals - Erick The Architect, MainArtist - Wormy, Producer - YouthXL, Producer

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14
Leukemia / AM Explicit
00:04:26

Kimbra, MainArtist, LeadVocals - Joe Harrison, Producer - Linden Jay, Producer - Josh Lloyd-Watson, Composer - Tertia May, Producer - J Lloyd, Producer - Erick Elliott, Composer, LeadVocals - Lydia Kitto, Composer, Producer, LeadVocals - Erick The Architect, MainArtist

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15
Too Much Talkin Explicit
00:03:00

James Blake, Composer, Producer - Erick Elliott, Composer, LeadVocals - Erick The Architect, MainArtist

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16
Liberate Explicit
00:04:17

Lalah Hathaway, MainArtist, LeadVocals - Daoud, Producer - Roméo Testa, LeadVocals - Erick Elliott, LeadVocals - Erick The Architect, MainArtist - Erick Eliott, Composer - Dauod, Composer - YouthXL, Producer

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Album review

Brooklyn crew Flatbush Zombies were one of the archetypal semi-outsider cult hip-hop squads of the 2010s, riding off a vision that simultaneously represented classic East Coast tradition while leaning hard into the trippier, gloomier vibes of the era's psychedelic horrorcore-adjacent outliers. Now, after a decade spent honing his group's eccentric sound at the expense of  wider mainstream acceptance, rapper and primary Zombies producer Erick Arc Elliott has embarked on a solo outing that greatly expands how many kinds of idiosyncrasy he's capable of translating into relatability. I've Never Been Here Before is the culmination of a shift both geographically (he relocated to Los Angeles in 2019) and thematically. The latter transformation comes through a maturing reflection that confronts his vulnerability and his need for a greater legacy head-on. The eclectic production shows off this adventurous stock-taking: there's Laurel Canyon-inspired country rock soaring through "Breaking Point," surrealist ambient Kimbra-laced gospel driving "Leukemia / AM," and some of James Blake's most intensely pretty beats ("Beef Patty"; "Too Much Talkin") to join the wheelhouse of distorted psychedelic soul that brings out the unsettled intensity in his dozen-flows voice ("Mandevillain"; George Clinton feature "Ezekiel's Wheel"). In an album where he seems intent on figuring out where he stands by confronting familiar truths (self-big-up "Parkour") with the ambitions he needs to face the unknown to fulfill ("Instincts"), Erick sounds visionary even when he's fighting his own ambivalence. © Nate Patrin/Qobuz

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