If you still don’t know the story by now, Jeremy Rose a.k.a. Zodiac was friends with and worked alongside The Weeknd. They were a duo, The Weekend (with the extra ‘e’). Together they created the darker R&B that comprised much of The Weeknd’s excellent debut House of Balloons, including “What You Need”, “Loft Music”, the original version of “The Morning“, and the first half of “The Party & the After Party”. Things fell apart, and Jeremy went off to do his own thing while Abel adopted the name The Weeknd.
Jeremy, as a producer, has stayed relatively quiet since The Weekend’s success, until recently. He’s all set to release his instrumental EP Zodiac, which you can preview below. It has some of those same elements from our favorites from House Of Balloons as well as some new styles from the Toronto producer. Here’s what Jeremy had to say about the project:
“I made these tracks over a year. Some of them were going to be sent to other people to sing or rap on them but I thought I should get around to doing some solo stuff before I have no time to. These tracks were all produced with a $300 laptop in my sunroom. I get inspiration from a lot of different places. From other producers to classical stuff, to old funk and soul. If I hear something and I like it, I might want to take a piece of that and integrate it into what I’m working on. I also like integrating some foley and nature sounds into my work as well, it feel it adds a real life anchor to what would otherwise be a completely digital production.” – Jeremy Rose
Purchase Zodiac on iTunes now and in stores next month.