The Liquideep duo is made up of singer/songwriter/producer Ziyon and DJ/producer Ryzor, and they hooked up in 2007 over a mutual love of hook-laden, melodically rich, deep house music.
Just two years after their formation they caught the attention of the entire nation with the track ‘Fairytale’, which got playlisted on every major station in SA, played on any dancefloor worth its salt and received a SAMA nomination for Song Of The Year. More recently it won a Channel O Music Video Award for ‘Most Gifted Dance Video’.
Following their ‘Oscillations’ mix contribution to Bass Breaks & Beats’ Platinum-selling debut CD-set, ‘House Afrika Sessions Vol. 1’, Liquideep released their debut artist album, ‘Fabrics Of The Heart’, in the middle of 2010 – and it became a undisputed sensation.
So far the lauded long-player has generated a string of popular floor-fillers, has sold Gold (25 000+ units) and garnered masses of critical acclaim – and a string of award nominations. Metro FM bestowed two nominations on the duo, for Best Group and Best Urban Dance, while MTV have put them in line for a MAMA for Song Of The Year for “Fairytale”.
In fact, 2010 could be described as a “Fairytale” year for Ziyon and Ryzor: they shared stages with huge American superstars Akon and Angie Stone, and not only did their sexy music catch the African continent’s attention but their very marketable slick looks got them endorsements from major corporations, and they’re now being sponsored by Chevrolet (General Motors), clothing line Ben Sherman, Sunglass Hut and Rodamat Shuttle.
Liquideep’s appeal could be put down to the originality of their culture clash between African beat and an awareness of what works on the globe’s dancefloors. But it’s also down to their ability to craft sweet and memorable songs.
Before their smash breakout debut album the distinctive Liquideep beats had already attracted remixes from big international underground names like Suges, Raw Artistic Soul, Lars Behrenroth (Deeper Shades Of House), Jonny Montana (Camio Recordings) and Aqua Basinno, and they were been commissioned to remix seminal acts like Stephanie Cooke. More high-profile hook-ups are bound to follow.
So Liquideep’s ascension continues, a deep and liquid invasion of the hearts and minds of fans of genuinely soulful music…