Hoos Collective – ‘Deep’ EP


A climactic showcase of jazz-laden energy and artful poise, the Deep EP is a stirring success from London-based ensemble Hoos Collective. Gorgeous piano-fronted melodies show a tendency to evolve with brass-bolstered vigor, as rhythmic entrancements span from jazzy briskness to hip-hop feeling precision.

The opening “Kora Kora” intrigues with its steady piano-driven momentum, accompanied with swift cohesion by brassy infusions. Glistening guitar-touched lushness adds to the textured engrossment thereafter, as the one-minute turn attains a replay-inducing appeal with the beautiful convergence of this instrumentation. Tender guitar stylings lead a minute later, strutting the project’s more contemplative side. “Kora Kora” is an illuminating, eclectic opener that sets this savvy EP into enjoyable motion.

The EP’s other two tracks compel as well. “Mesmerise” casts an aquatic feeling with its effervescent piano pulses and arpeggiated serenity within the intro, swelling with vigor into a swirling mixture of warming brass and twinkling piano impact. The closing “Creatures of Habit” features ample momentum, with a leading piano intensifying into jazzy rhythmic energy and charismatic expanse. Hoos Collective thoroughly impress throughout their Deep EP, with each of the three tracks succeeding in atmosphere and melodic development.

“Mesmerise” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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