Juvenal Maze is making his mark in R&B/Soul with 'In A Place/She Just Wanna'
After signing to SOULUVMUZIQ, Juvenal Maze brings his soulful style and delicate R&B to us in the form of 'In A Place/She Just Wanna'.
The East London singer is taking a revamped approach to R&B, due to the many genres he has been influenced from (soul, grime, afrobeats); backgrounds he has been influenced from (his Congolese heritage, for instance), and his love for poetry. This is an interesting mix to build from, and all play a part in his dynamic vocals and sleek melodies.
These two joints, ‘In A Place’ and ‘She Just Wana’, are taken from Maze’s forthcoming EP – dropping later this later and dubbed The Orchard. The man is young, fresh, and new; yet already being dubbed a “triple threat songwriter”. Thus, these tracks are elegantly beautiful and truly do bridge his “very own gap between beats and poetry” (Palmer, B. Burstimo PR).
‘In A Place’ starts pace with interestingly effected guitars – high-pass filter, and potentially a chorus or flanger – before light pianos keys and Maze’s well-partnered vocals slip into the mix. The East London native touches on moving out of the hood; giving back; and dealing with this forward transition. This transpires into Maze contemplation his own situation and love. Yet, as we move into his, “Your love’s too good for me, so I’m scared to fall in love. You’ve got the recipe that I keep on running from.” – is he talking about a lover here, or a place (a location or a place in his life)?
Starting with a similar piano feel, we are led into ‘She Just Wana’. Maze begins by taking a gentler tone on this song – more laidback and nonchalant for the chorus. As we get into the verse, Maze perks up and proceeds with a rap/R&B style. This song is all about a relationship that Maze has dealt with – what she wants; what he wants; and those differences. Instrumentation in this track is as minimal as the first. We hear steady percussion that pushes us through alongside the vocals, as well as piano pulses and a whining synth melody.
These two joints make it clear that Maze is a very talented artist; especially with just starting out in his career. He sits in an appealing pocket of R&B, which is a warm welcome in an abundance of rap and always advancing pop. It’s attractive, soulful, personal and skilled; which is why it stands out. Plus, rather than an influx or typical R&B lyrics, we truly do get a very skilled, poetic character that uses intriguing narratives and understandable explanations. All potentially, as Juvenal Maze is “gifted with a comprehensive knowledge of storytelling” (Palmer, B. Burstimo PR).