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Upon The Apex

by Rah Zen

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    Light of Day Records Exclusive Limited Edition Press of 500 on 180g Blue Translucent Vinyl with Bonus Track and brand new hand-drawn artwork by James Wells!

    “A collection of the most innovative beat music to emerge from Boston. Darkness broken into pockets of light; eerie, otherworldly melodies grounded in earthy textures.”

    Max Bell, Bandcamp

    - Best Beat Tapes on Bandcamp, 2019
    - WBUR The ARTery 15 Best Albums Out of Boston 2019
    - XLR&R Best Releases of 2019

    Available on vinyl for the first time, Upon the Apex maps out Rah Zen’s travels & experiences over a fast-paced, transformative period of his life.

    Samples lace the entire record, slicing in film interludes, vocal chops, instrument loops & more. It's a perfect reflection of the expansive nature of the music, intertwined into the experiences of being on the road & what led to the final shaping of the record. Through the bulk of the album, Rah Zen navigates a burning hunger for a higher sense of self and explores these corridors of life through '90s era east coast instrumentalism & west coast futurism - his sound is soaked in that resonance.

    Upon the Apex ambles with intent, slowing time & radiating through its intense detail. It’s bare & triumphant in the way that the cover art is: Rah Zen gazing out over an expanse of shrubby New Mexico dune, the San Andres Mountains clipping the horizon. The beats swagger & stagger, sometimes through drunken strings, other times through leering bass. Rah Zen renders distinctly human sounds — crinkling paper, jangling keys, the voice of Alfred Hitchcock — otherworldly, yielding songs that feel deeply spiritual. Rah Zen’s relationship with music feels innate, pulsing through his bloodline in an easily traceable way, but also readily apparent in his thought process. He was a listener well before he became a maker.**

    *Street Date 10/14/22 -- Vinyl will ship week of 10/11/22
    ** Description compiled from excerpts of writing by Max Bell, Mano Sundaresan, and Erik Otis

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    Cassette + Digital Album

    Limited Edition run of 100 High-Bias cassette tapes
    Clear Cassette Shell w/ Full Color Label

    Includes unlimited streaming of Upon The Apex via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Ritual 01:33
Godspeed 01:29
Amen Rah 02:31
Ka Pow! 01:22
Angels 02:13
Magnetism 02:02


"Upon The Apex is a testament to remaining patient while continuing to work hard, pursue goals, and improve. It’s trusting the process through times of uncertainty and feeling every step of the path. The release of Upon the Apex signifies the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. It’s the second major piece in the puzzle of my artistic journey." - Rah Zen

Boston's Rah Zen returns to Dome of Doom for the release of his sophomore full-length, Upon The Apex. The new album is scheduled to release across limited edition cassette and digital formats worldwide on July 12, 2019. Bridging Rah Zen's love for the structural resonance of boom bap and the experimental edges of electronic, the 14-track album features contributions from 3Deity, Kadeem, Dirty Merlin, CLYDE, and Dephrase.

Upon The Apex was created during a series of travels to the deserts of Arizona, the cities and landscapes of Israel, and a cross-country road trip from Boston to Los Angeles and back via the southern route. Recordings initiated in the summer of 2017, months before the release of his debut album for Dome of Doom, Midnight Satori.


released July 12, 2019

All songs produced by Rah Zen
Except “Incandescent” co produced by FortyForty
Mixed and Mastered by Dephrase
Cover by Cesar Manuel Perez


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