“Roots” by Muza & David Schoenwetter
“Roots” by Muza & David Schoenwetter

Hailing from New York City, the duo of Muza & David Schoenwetter takes a unique approach to creating music for a wide audience. The team’s music spans various genres like hip-hop, soul, EDM, some trap music, and pop and infuses it in a melting pot with dash of styles from around the world. While it might sound like a recipe for disaster, somehow Muza (whose real name is Muzahid Abdullah) & Schoenwetter make it work as a viable sub-genre, especially in their latest single “Root.”

The duo had a very interesting songwriting process with “Root.” Instead of creating the groundwork of a song like drum work and a beat, Muza wrote the lyrics first and brought his work to Schoenwetter, who created the music on top of it. As a result, the lyrics are front-and-center in this pop tune, which can be felt from line number one.

You can feel the rawness in Muza’s lyrics, which are haunting and a bit biting. It’s about a woman who forgot her “roots” and her humble beginnings. “Leaving behind the real people that stick with them,” Muza described. “And the real memories that made them. In the sense of production we wanted a lot of emotions, something to support the emotional vocals that I sung.”

But don’t count out the music itself. While the lyrics pop with every listen, the music underneath it from Schoenwetter brings the listener into a sense of longing and memory, which really heighten Muza’s words. Schoenwetter gives “Roots” its polish and grace, which could be reflected in the duo’s working relationship. In the end, the single as hints of others in pop, namely Zayn Malik. Hell, this song could have easily been a new single from the former One Direction member.

“We’re out to make a new sound, something that touches on the emotions of the people that hear our music, something that pulls on the heartstrings,” the pair said in a statement. “We want to show that electronic music can still be emotional, and can still be something of substance. The world is so superficial these days, especially in the realm of Electronic music. We want to bring the emotion back.”

Song: B
Technical: B-
Overall: B

Roots” by Muza & David Schoenwetter is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud. Give it a listen and let us know what you think. Check out Muza’s SoundCloud page here, and Schoenwetter’s SoundCloud page here.

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By Rudie Obias

Lives in Brooklyn, New York. He's a freelance writer interested in cinema, pop culture, sex lifestyle, science fiction, and web culture. His work can be found at Mental Floss, Movie Pilot, UPROXX, ScreenRant, Battleship Pretension and of course Shockya.com.

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