In the rhythmic heart of Rotterdam, d’Z, the musical alter ego of drummer and composer Hans-Peter de Zeeuw, crafts an enchanting narrative with his latest single, “Something New.” Born from the depths of a conservative upbringing, d’Z’s transformative journey began at the age of nine when he first embraced the drumsticks. Now, with “Something New,” he invites listeners into a sonic realm where jazz and funk converge, and the beat becomes a vibrant tapestry of life. Released on December 1st, 2023, “Something New” serves as a spirited tribute to the funk legends, Tower of Power. In a one-man symphony, d’Z assumes the roles of songwriter, composer, producer, arranger, and the heartbeat behind the drum kit. The track unfolds with infectious positive energy, guided by the soulful vocals of Ingmar Glerum, beckoning the audience to reassess, recalibrate, and fully embrace the richness of life.
Drawing inspiration from an eclectic array of influences, from Jacob Collier to Incognito, d’Z seamlessly weaves modern jazz instrumentation with emotive cadences and irresistibly catchy choruses. The thematic ethos of the song deliberately sidesteps conventional love ballads, opting instead for universal and uplifting themes—a conscious choice to deviate from the commonplace. The EP finds its home in the Edge Tip Studio in The Netherlands, where a collective of accomplished musicians joins d’Z on this sonic odyssey. Ingmar Glerum’s vocals intertwine with the rhythmic tapestry of d’Z’s drumming, while co-producer Raoul Soentken oversees a stellar ensemble, including Hananja Olthuis on bass, Jasper Mellema on keys, and Chris Korzec contributing an awe-inspiring guitar solo.
A distinctive feature that sets “Something New” apart is the inclusion of a drum solo—a rare gem in contemporary music. D’Z’s decision to infuse this unique element adds an extra layer of boldness to the track, showcasing his prowess and willingness to push artistic boundaries. The song emerges as an irresistible funky anthem, encouraging listeners to embark on a journey of self-discovery and embrace the prospect of new beginnings. Quotes from previous reviews echo the sentiments of a colorful and euphoric musical experience, solidifying d’Z’s standing as a rising force in the Nu-Jazz genre. “Something New” isn’t merely a song; it’s an evocative celebration of life’s rhythm, a testament to d’Z’s artistic vision, and an uplifting call to dance to the beat of positivity. With its contagious groove and spirited message, “Something New” beckons audiences to join in a sonic exploration where every note is an invitation to rediscover the joy of existence.