GRiZ gets his edgy groove back with new album ‘Good Will Prevail’ [Review]

Michigan-based producer GRiZ has just released his 13-track funk odyssey Good Will Prevail, satiating his rabid fan base in the process.

The album opener “Wicked,” featuring Eric Krasno, provides a good litmus test for the other twelve tracks. It’s utterly gigantic and features a much more noticeable edge compared to GRiZ’s latest releases, particularly his relaxed Chasing the Golden Hour, Pt. 1 EP from last September. That edge is even more pronounced on “My Friends and I,” a collaboration with ProbCause, which opens in familiar, live-instrumented funkiness before segueing into a drop of crushing, slashing synths that wouldn’t be out of place in a dubstep track. Similarly, All Good Records signees Sunsquabi provide instrumentation on “I Don’t Mind” before GRiZ trades in his sax and gives his serrated synths center stage.

The producer makes sure to feature his softer side, though, and even pursues a heretofore unexplored direction. Cory Enemy and Natalola provide an assist on “What We’ve Become,” which adds a future house inflection to GRiZ’s usual funk pursuits. “Feelin’ Fine” hearkens back more firmly to Golden Hour, placing the emphasis on a rolling groove, wavy synths, and horn lines.

In all, Good Will Prevail represents GRiZ at his energetic best. While his earlier works featured more prominent synthesizers and heavy quantities of bass, with his more recent releases offering higher doses of live instruments, his fourth LP combines for a potent mix of both. Many of the compositions maintain the multiple, intricate layers of guitars, horns, and vocals that marked his maturation as a producer before unleashing a tidal wave of bass — as if to say he hadn’t forgotten about his sound design chops. This makes for an utterly confident record that portends even bigger things for GRiZ’s career.

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