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Reviewed by Chip Matthews

Bekah: Relocation EP

Reviewed by Chip Matthews

Bekah: Relocation EP

Oh man, this is so cool. Rebekah Smith, aka Bekah, began writing music as a teen. Following study at SAE and AUT, she was awarded the AUT InterNZ scholarship, which took her to the States and into Paramount Studios. Meeting and working with different producers led to a Soundcloud release, ‘L.A. Mixtape’, but the tracks on this new three song EP ‘Relocation’ really grab my attention. What I Do kicks the EP off with momentum. The production from L.A.-based producer Scott Elgin builds beautifully, just as you think the beat has reached a zenith a new element appears. It matches a phrasing and melody combination that urges your attention, with a storytelling quality in the vocals that further engages the listener. Oh Hey continues the theme laid out. More fantastic production from Elgin; the beat more straight ahead than the first tune. It allows the listener to be brought into the story line, more of an awakening than a love lost song. Bekah has an interesting tonality in her voice that continually draws you in as it shifts. The EP closes with Gifted, a tune which is more aligned with the singer/songwriter tag, but serves as a release from the first two tunes. The interweaving saxophone line sits beautifully within a musical bed of guitar/bass/piano and lovely backing vocals. This really enjoyable release will only leave you wanting more.