Multidisciplinary artist, rapper, producer, and performer Ojay Morgan who performs as Zebra Katz is a first-generation Jamaican-American who burst onto the scene with the likes of Azealia Banks, Angel Haze and The House of Ladosha, when his runaway hit single “Ima Read” paved the way for his distinctive genre-defiant sound. LESS IS MOOR, the debut album due out March 20, announces a deeper look into his sonic universe. Sexually charged and abrasive, the collection is a bold, sonic experiment that meshes industrial hip-hop with drum ‘n’ bass and unidentifiable sonic territory.
“All I wanna do is keep the dance floor jumping,” sings Zebra Katz on “ISH,” the latest single from LESS IS MOOR. Written and produced with Tony Quattro, the track will have listeners on their heels, whilst lyrically declaring Zebra Katz’ uncompromising position as a master of the dance floor.
Recent singles “IN IN IN” and “LOUSY” are examples of Zebra Katz’ desire to repossess his narrative, exploring issues like the Black experience and sexuality, all the while mixing in devastating ruminations on the life of a star: “they all love when you dead / and you six underground.” Used as early as the Middle Ages, the word “moor” refers to the black Muslims of Northern Africa. Today it simply means black and is synonymous with “negro.” When Zebra Katz says “I’m that sick sadistic fucking twisted bitch” on “ZAD DRUMZ,” he’s wearing his darkness for all to see. If you listen hard enough, you can almost hear James Baldwin saying, “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” LESS IS MOOR lets you into this rage so you can dance with it.
Remaining true to his off-the-cuff way creative style, LESS IS MOOR finds the musician newly empowered and unafraid of being noise-driven, biting & caustic. The album draws inspiration from diverse sources like Little Richard, Nina Simone, James Baldwin, and Grace Jones and it features guest appearances by Shygirl and S. Ruston, with a myriad of star co-producers such as Sega Bodega, Tony Quattro and Torus. Amidst all this talent, listeners will rarely find a down moment on the album.
released March 20, 2020
Written and Produced by Zebra Katz
Lyrics and Vocals by Zebra Katz
Additional lyrics and Vocals on track 7 by S Ruston
Additional lyrics and Vocals on track 13 by Shygirl
Co-produced by Death Qualia (Track 1), Tony Quattro (Track 2), Sega Bodega (Tracks 2, 4, 8, 10 and 14), La Martinus (Track 3, 9), Torus (Track 6, 12), Br83the, (Track 6, 12), Ctrls (Track 7), Walter Gross (Track 8), Count Baldor (Track 11), Jugglerz (Track 13) and Mike Dextro (Track 15).
Mixed by Andreas [Lupo] Lubich.
Tracks 3, 11 and 14 mixed by James Rand and Andreas [Lupo] Lubich.
Mastered and cut by Andreas [Lupo] Lubich for Loop-o Mastering
Published by Ima Read, administrated by BMI
P&C 2020 Vinyl Factory under exclusive license from ZFK Records.
It's generating a huge response, scoring a total of 93 points in meta-critics. AllMusic described the album as "a record that has complex content but is easily and confidently delivered with lyrics and a combination of jazz throngs and exquisite rhythms," and NME gives it a perfect score of five, describing it as a completely flawless record. A record that doesn't always fall on this year's list of albums of 2018 released by many media outlets. jwsmusic