Worship The Sun is the debut project from exciting UK prospect Jevon Ives. Entirely self-produced by the singer, rapper and producer, Worship The Sun is a modern day soul album with haunting melodies anchored by Ives' commanding vocals and icy production.
Ives describes the album as a 'journey through emotional odysseys from relationships with those around him, looking inwards for answers, and opening his mind through psychedelic experiences.'
A hybrid of influences incorporating hip-hop ("Simplicity," "Local High"), dub ("Everybody Makes Mistakes") and neo-soul ("Head In The Clouds," "Writings On The Wall"), Worship The Sun is a mesmerizing release. Ives has roped in a colorful cast of characters for the project, with local Bristol artists Charli Brixx and Bozanna Evans, Nottingham songstress Aaliyah Esprit and Belgium singer Astrid all featuring. Discussing the recording process, Ives had this to say:
'My music is an experimental expression of what I feel when I go into the studio that day, combined with who I’m in there with and the vibe and approach they bring.'
Previously released singles "Quaalude" and "2U" are fantastic glimpses of Ives' talent, but for me, it's opening track "Energy's" that drew me into his absorbing world. Based around a compelling piano line, the track incorporates bluesy saxophone and bass-heavy percussion, with Ives being joined on the hook by Astrid's lush vocals. The male/female vocals add another layer to the R&B jam, making it a standout from the 14 track release.
You can stream the entire album here.