Deep Aztec, real name Azakiwe Jezile, is a South African electronic producer. His journey in music began when he moved from London to Cape Town and was exposed to a wide variety of music, from gospel to house and jazz. He started to make music around the age of 16 and, after just six years, he put out his debut release, A Message to Larry Heard, an homage to deep house on Turn Left Recordings.
Healing Frequencies, his debut album, is a “celebration of music, life, and love” that features Dumama, L Speaks, Rona Ray, and Aztec’s own alter-ego James Blond3. Sonically, we’re told it’s every flavour of jazz, house, disco and more rolled into one, creating “a hypnotic album experience” that reinterprets house music across 12 tracks that present Jezile’s past, present, and far-found future.
“When I look back at my trajectory from the time I started until now, it is certainly nothing short of a never-ending string of changes and progressions,” Jezile tells XLR8R. The journey is full of ups and downs, tears, and laughter. Whenever I’m feeling clueless about life, I find myself reminiscing of my colourful childhood memories. It’s those memories that comfort and remind me that this journey I have taken is because music is what I live for.”
01. Healing Frequencies feat. Dumama
02. Forget About It feat. James Blond3
03. I’ve Found You feat. James Blond3
04. Just Can’t Admit
05. Say It feat. Rona Ray
06. Polygon Disco
07. Sorry (I Know)
08. Moments We Share
09. Music Brings Me Joy feat. L Speaks
10. Believing What’s On Your Mind
11. Land Of Kings feat. L Speaks
12. Work Hard, REST
Healing Frequencies LP is scheduled for July 9 release. Meanwhile, you can stream “Music Brings Me Joy” feat. L Speaks and “Work Hard, REST” in full via the player below.