S (EP)

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S
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EP by
ReleasedApril 10, 2013
Recorded2013
Genre
LabelSelf-released
Producer
SZA chronology
See.SZA.Run
(2012)
S
(2013)
Z
(2014)

S is the second extended play (EP) by American singer SZA; it was self-released on April 10, 2013. After meeting members of independent label Top Dawg and releasing her debut EP See.SZA.Run (2012), SZA began working on S, beginning recording in May 2013. SZA worked with a variety of producers on the album, including Zodiac, Patrick Lukens, Brandun DeShay, WNDRBRD, Waren Vaughn and Felix Snow. S is characterized as an alt-R&B album with production that "twists and mutates."[1]

Upon release S was met with critical acclaim from music critics, who commended the extended play's musical themes and direction. SZA promoted the extended play with the release of a music video for the song "Ice Moon"; the video was directed by Lemar & Dauley.[2]

Background[edit]

SZA first met members of Top Dawg Entertainment during the CMJ Music Marathon in 2011, when her boyfriend's clothing company sponsored a show in which Kendrick Lamar was performing. A friend attending the show with her presented early SZA songs to TDE president Terrence "Punch" Henderson, who enjoyed the material and stayed in touch.[3] On October 29, 2012, SZA released her debut self-released extended play entitled See.SZA.Run, which featured production from Brandun DeShay, APSuperProducer, among others.[4] In June 2013, Top Dawg Entertainment stated plans to sign two more artists,[5][6] announcing on July 14 that SZA had been signed to the label.[7]

Recording[edit]

In May 2013, SZA revealed that she had been working with producers Holy Other and Emile Haynie, the latter of whom had previously worked with Lana Del Rey and Kid Cudi.[8] SZA met Holy Other through mutual friends. After being in the same area as one another and working in the same studio, the pair began working together.[8] SZA met producer Felix Snow via a mutual friend and they later began "hanging out", SZA described Felix as being "completely not the textbook producer" continuing to expand on working with Felix SZA said;

If you've ever seen him he wears sunglasses inside all day and sandals all year round. He's basically always in yacht mode. He has a Tamagachi [sic] and a Giga Pet, so he's a character-and-a-half. But we're like family. I went to his house in Connecticut and played with his menagerie of animals and met his parents and ate soup.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Adam Kevil of Consequence of Sound gave a positive review of the EP. Praising the album's musical direction, Kevil called the work sincere and "cool", continuing on to note how SZA's courage proves "she's equally as aware of her strengths as she is the potential for constant maturation and growth".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by SZA.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Castles"SZAFelix Snow3:02
2."Terror.Dome"SZAWaren Vaughn4:26
3."Aftermath"SZAWNDRBRD3:38
4."The Odyssey"SZAbrandUn DeShay3:22
5."Pray"SZASnow3:18
6."Ice.Moon"SZA
  • Snow
  • Patrick Lukens
3:10
7."Wings"SZALukens4:26
8."Kismet"SZAZodiac2:47
Total length:28:09

Sample credits

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States April 10, 2013[11] Digital download Self-released

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kivel, Adam (April 22, 2013). "SZA — S EP | Album Reviews". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  2. ^ "SZA Releases Mystical Video For "Ice Moon"". Complex. Complex Media. November 13, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  3. ^ Ugwu, Reggie (April 7, 2014). "SZA Talks 'Z' Album & Being the Only Girl In Top Dawg Entertainment". Billboard. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  4. ^ Frydenlund, Zach (October 29, 2012). "EP Premiere: SZA "See SZA Run"". Complex. Complex Media. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  5. ^ Paine, Jake (June 3, 2013). "TDE reportedly signs Chattanooga, Tennessee rapper Isaiah Rashad". HipHopDX. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Josephs, Brian (June 2, 2013). "Kendrick Lamar confirms there's a new artist joining TDE". Complex. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  7. ^ "Presenting TDE's New Songstress". The Source. August 14, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  8. ^ a b c Ugwu, Reggie (May 23, 2013). "SZA Talks Quitting Her Day Job, Working With Holy Other & Emile Haynie". Billboard.com. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  9. ^ "Album Review: SZA – S EP". consequenceofsound.net. April 22, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  10. ^ "'Eartha Kitt on love and compromise', excerpt from All By Myself – The Eartha Kitt Story (1982)". Youtube.com. March 20, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  11. ^ "SZA - S // Free Mixtape". DatPiff. Idle Media Inc. October 28, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2014.

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