This is Why We Love Tony Ozier’s Potent New Album AutoTone
If you were at the Oregon Cannabis Association Summer Fair event in Portland a few months ago, you saw Tony Ozier grace Eco Firma Farms’ Pachecos Stage alongside his 10 piece band, The Doo Doo Funk Allstars.
It was a fun day of funky grooves, a booty-shaking prelude to Ozier’s new album, AutoTone.
“AutoTone is all about love,” says Ozier, the Portland famous frontman producer known for his collaborations with Bootsy Collins and fellow Pacific Northwest music-elite like the late Janice Scroggins and Blues Hall of Famer Curtis Salgado. With his latest album, Ozier and the lyricists he features--local stars J Lava and Rasheed Jamal, along with longtime production collaborator Key2C--approach relationships, from sex to friendships and race in the U.S., from a place of prescience fused by an expert use of weighty analog synths, crisp rhythms, and glittering funk production sweetness.
The first single off the album, “Wake Up,” is Ozier and Jamal’s repeated call to Wake up, wake up, wake up. “We’ve been sleeping too long,” sings Ozier foreshadowing several impactful verses, “Before them Skinnies and them yoga pants / We had them Southern girls with them fat bottoms / I grew up with a whole bunch of Mexicans / And we were wetbacks and niggas before Trump, mayne / And I ain't talking immigrants / I’m talking about US citizens / Being killed by US citizens / America, that's where we live.” His vocal stylings, delivered through lush layers of auto tune and harmony, serve as the perfect bookends to a powerful sixteen bars by Jamal.
Watch the video for “Wake Up” HERE.
From working with the biggest names in music--DJ Premier, Too Short, Ty$, Wajeed, Al B Sure, Ropeadope and Cherries Records, plus members of the Mayer Hawthorne Band, Ozier is as accomplished a producer as any Grammy winner or nominee. AutoTone is the deepest dive, to date, into the depths of Ozier’s greatest studio abilities and the musical techniques he’s honed since youth.
Buy AutoTone HERE.