Although the civil rights movement is decades in the past we face more issues than ever when it comes to freedom and equality in America. Simply turning on the TV and watching the news will tell you just how divided we are as a nation. With their latest album Resist R&B and hip-hop, savants Agency addresses this world of turmoil. Resist is definitely a politically fueled piece of art that is both topical and necessary at the moment.
With an approach and sound that is definitely reminiscent of Frank Ocean, Sampha, Gallant, James Blake and FKA Twigs, Agency boasts a debonair style and infectious sound. It is not every day that an artist steps up to the plate in terms of social activism while simultaneously creating an album that is absolutely infectious and worth throwing on repeat from a solely sonic perspective. Not only is Resist a damn good album it is a piece of art that our people (humanity) need more than ever. It’s hard to pick out one track that stands above the rest in this album. Each tune builds a tension and paints a vivid picture of an artistic vision.
In between recording the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut album IDENTITY, Agency decided to address once again (as they did successfully on last year’s “POLITIKARAMA” EP), the utter turmoil and social upheaval centered around the US political climate, specifically the presidency.
Despite its relatively short existence, AGENCY has already gone on to be featured on a number one Traxsource charting track with house artist Ant LaRock remixed and released by house luminary Kenny Dope (Dopewax Records). In 2016 Agency won not one but two Indaba Music contests: “FEATURED ARTIST” for upcoming single MILLIONS and the Sony Cover Music Series winner for their cover of The Beatles’ I Want To Hold Your Hand”.