It’s strange to think that Less is Moor is only Zebra Katz’s first album. The leftfield musician, rapper, and vocalist broke through in 2012 with “Ima Read”, a classic of last decade driven by a sparse ballroom beat, its success simultaneously elevating Zebra Katz and helping to shine a spotlight on an emerging group of LGBTQ+ musicians exploring rap and experimental music in New York City’s underground scene. The artist has only broadened his range since then. Less is Moor delivers a number of styles, from crunchy industrial rap and deconstructed warehouse rave to intimate bedroom guitar pop, that are anchored by the artist’s immediately distinctive voice.
Elsewhere this week, The Weeknd keeps things dark and twisted on After Hours, J Balvin dazzles with Colores, and Brian Eno joins his brother Roger for the collaborative Mixing Colors. Take a listen below.