10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The producer weaves live instrumentation and old-school musicianship into a silky blend of neo-soul, hip-hop, and electronica.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The producer weaves live instrumentation and old-school musicianship into a silky blend of neo-soul, hip-hop, and electronica.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

25 Ratings

Just...ridiculous.

Shaun Broyls,

It's like the final piece of a great trilogy. From Nicolay's "Soweto" to Foreign Exchange's "Land of Milk and Honey", Zo!'s SkyBreak finishes things off in the same upbeat, rhythmic soulful sound of the previous two- it's an album that weaves in everything you want from his genius production skills. I couldn't be happier with this. On eternal repeat.

Another Masterpiece

Philosophat,

From the first track to the end this is pure musical fire. Anything Zo! Is music magic. Do yourself a favor and order this. Congrats fam.

About Zo!

A keyboardist first, and also a bassist, guitarist, drummer, and producer, Lorenzo "Zo!" Ferguson balanced his love of music and baseball throughout his childhood. The native Detroiter was drafted as an outfielder by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1996, rounds ahead of then-future MLB all-stars Orlando Hudson, Juan Pierre, and Barry Zito. Ferguson accepted a full-ride baseball scholarship to Western Kentucky, however, and earned a degree in graphic design. Shortly thereafter, in 2001, he began his recording career with Ablyss, the first of several instrumental releases. His profile increased throughout the next several years as he issued albums like Passion & Definition (2004), the Asylum 7 collaboration Overdue Process (2009), and a pair of covers EPs dubbed Just Visiting, on which he was joined by guest vocalists on reinterpretations of songs by Anita Baker, Minnie Riperton, the Jones Girls, and Don Blackman. All the while, he was earning a Master's degree in special education and logging hours of session work with the likes of Athletic Mic League, Slum Village, Platinum Pied Pipers, and members of the extended Foreign Exchange family. His SunStorm, released in July 2010, was the culmination of his frequent run-ins with the Foreign Exchange and its many affiliates. It featured collaborations with Phonte, Darien Brockington, Carlitta Durand, and YahZarah, as well as Sy Smith, Lady Alma, and Monica Blaire. In May 2013, he released a sharper second album on Foreign Exchange's label, titled ManMade. Many of his familiar associates, along with Gwen Bunn, 1-O.A.K., Choklate, Jeanne Jolly, Anthony David, and Carmen Rogers, took part. The deeply personal SkyBreak, issued in May 2016, was released following the death of Ferguson's father. Some expected collaborators, along with Dornik and Joi Gilliam, were involved in its making. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Southfield, MI
  • GENRE
    R&B/Soul
  • BORN
    September 11, 1978

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