Hungarian artist and multi-instrumentalist Àbàse releases RnB/hip-hop influenced EP "Elevate"

both the lyrics and the production, manage to show off impressive technical prowess without ever straying close to pretension - Complex (on Slow It Down)

Àbáse excels again at releasing a cohesive and intricate project, showing not only his levels of consistency, but also his talents as a musician to create diverse music - In Search Of Media

This felt like honey drops on my soul - Stereofox (on Too Close)


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Budapest-born and Berlin-based producer, pianist and multi-instrumentalist Àbáse follows stunning debut EP "Invocation" (HHV Records/Cosmic Compositions) with new EP "Elevate".

The release, which is a collection of older songs and collaborations, showcases the diverse and multi-faceted nature of Àbáse's artistry - with hip-hop, RnB, neo-soul and jazz all compiled into a short and sweet 4-track offering.

Moving from the sophisticated jazz stylings of "Invocation" to the more urban leaning "Elevate", Àbáse reflects a newness of modern pick-and-mix culture diverting from the specificity of genre.

The EP is a collection of beats I created between 2014 and 2016 in Paris and Budapest that I finished with collaborators I met during my travels to New York, London and Birmingham.

The recordings also feature many of my long-time musician friends from the Budapest scene. The sound is heavily inspired by the late 90’s and early 2000’s Hip Hop, r&b and neo-soul productions, especially The Soulquarians (D’angelo, Erykah Badu, Common, Black Star among others).

This project is my tip of the hat to that era, but also includes traces of where I was heading sound-wise (the live experimental elements in Crossroads and the outros of Slow It Down or Elevate). - Àbáse

Gaining support from the likes of Complex, Worldwide FM, Soulection, KEXP, KCRW, BBC Radio 1, Jamz Supernova, Stamp The Wax and more, Àbáse is proving himself as a name on the rise.

For fans of Robert Glasper, Alfa Mist and Christian Scott

Title track Elevate features New York artist Jessie Davis, easing you into what is a smooth, eclectic journey.

"The outro was recorded on my mobile phone on a soundcheck for our live hip hop jam session with SoulClap Budapest ‘Hip To The Game’."

Too Close, featuring Birmingham based singer / songwriter Call Me Unique is a sultry behind-the-beat type slow-burner perfect for your sexy time playlist.

"The beat was written in my head during a long shift in the Paris restaurant I was working at at the time. I had to hum the main melody to myself over and over again so I didn’t forget it. I couldn’t wait to rush home and start laying down the idea on my laptop".

Chill neo-soul/hip-hop offering Slow It Down boasts features from UK all-rounder Emmavie and Brooklyn's ScienZe, before the EP ends with a completely improvised, impromptu live recording of Crossroads.

"an outtake from the late-night sessions we had for our ‘Mixtape #1, Abony Sessions’ with SoulClap Budapest. It features rhodes, drums, and flute only with me playing the bass on the keys. The title represents a very real feeling and dilemma I had at the time ‘staying or leaving’ was a very relevant question to me as I had already traveled for several months in France and the states and had serious plans of moving to NYC".


Àbáse (Szabolcs Bognar) is a producer and multi-instrumentalist creating a blend of West African, Brazilian, hip-hop, new-soul and jazz music. He focuses on a heavyweight rhythm section (being a percussionist himself) and drifts between funky riffs and silky smooth chord structures. The word “àbáse” comes from the West African Yoruba language and stands for “collaboration” - a key element of Àbáse’s music, as he brings versatile artists together to push genre and style boundaries.

As a trained pianist Szabi tours as part of Nigerian-wonder Wayne Snow's live band, and has been an active part of the versatile Hungarian music jazz and hip-hop scene for a number of years, as a member of successful national acts including Amoeba, Soulclap Budapest and The Mabon Dawud Republic - a fourteen piece Afrobeat orchestra guest-starring Dele Sosimi.

Szabi, who studied at the Jazz Conservatory in Budapest, and boasts residencies in Paris, New York, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador de Bahia - currently calls Berlin home.

April 11, 2020 3:48am ET by Lekker Collective  

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