You could very easily start listening to Joe Hertz’s new EP night / daze in the morning and before you know it, you’ll look up and it’s dark out, as you’ll have been lost in it all day.
With smooth transitions between each of its nine tracks, the 26-year-old producer (from Brixton, London, England) has put out into the world a collection of calming antidotes for the stresses of daily life. The EP’s title appropriately comes from the fact that when Hertz leaves the studio, “it’s usually night, and I’m usually in a daze.”
Also relevant: The second track listed is titled “Fomo,” an acronym for “fear of missing out.” A lot of times, feeling F.O.M.O. is out of our control, but in this instance, do yourself a favor: don’t sleep on night / daze. The EP offers mixed vibes, from globe-trotting R&B instrumentals to dance drops and influences particular to the U.K.
“I’m mad excited to have a body of work to share,” Hertz tells Billboard. “It’s been amazing collaborating with friends and people who inspire me this year, and I’ve been exploring bringing U.K. sounds and talent to the R&B palette. It’s dope that, as well as people discovering my work, I’m also bringing this new U.K. talent to my fans.”
For “Fomo,” Hertz called on East Sussex’s Sam Wills for vocals. Tantalizing lyrics such as “Now the fear of missing out is strong/ And I really want your number on my phone/ How you’re feeling, I don’t know/ I really wish I didn’t care at all” are delivered with high-register ease.
Singles released ahead of the full EP release were “One Another” featuring Jamie Isaac and “Goodbye Kisses,” featuring Pip Millett.” As far as his personal favorite, Hertz tells Billboard that “it would be ‘I Owe You’ featuring Wolfie, ’cause it was one of the first written, so it’s been under wraps for the longest time.”
Hertz will perform his sold-out, debut headlining show tonight (Nov. 30) at London’s Bermondsey Social Club, backed by a full band. You can stream night / daze below:
night / daze track list:
1. “Mizu (Intro)”
2. “Fomo” featuring Sam Wills
3. “Goodbye Kisses” featuring Pip Millett
4. “I Owe You” featuring Wolfie
5. “For Us” featuring Barney Artist
6. “One Another” featuring Jamie Isaac
7. “Ritual” featuring James Vickery
8. “Vegas (Interlude)”
9. “Why Won’t You Call” featuring Tom Apsaul