“The electronics are fantastic, but the songs are what we come to listen to.”
“Hypnotic and penetrating . . . a brainy, substantive and complex writer with a fixation on synth sounds.”
–All Access Music
“A delicious aural stew.”
“With ECR Music Group, Blak Emoji is about to start an exciting new chapter.”
“Blak Emoji is an artist who is almost to good to be true.”
“A combination of old-school Soul, modern electronic music, and funky guitar vibes. Although the dance groove makes your body move, the lyrics are deeper than you think.”
“A manifestation of breathless electro funk.”
“An intelligent, substantial, complex writer with an infatuation for synth sounds.”
–Siloud Culture Magazine
“Electro-funk with pop sprinkles. Blak Emoji is your main man.”
“(An) unerring knack for well-placed, razor-sharp hooks.”
–Joy of Violent Movement
Blak Emoji’s Eclectro [Deluxe Edition] is out now on ECR Music Group. The celebrated album has been resequenced and remastered by indie-music luminary and ECR founder Blake Morgan, as part of a four-part full catalog reissue from the label.
“I’ve loved and respected Blak Emoji’s work for years,” says Morgan. “I’m thrilled to have him join our roster, and honored to have had the opportunity to remaster his catalog for these stunning ECR reissues.”
Blak Emoji is the nom de plume of acclaimed New York City producer, recording artist, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Kelsey Warren.
“Eclectro was written and recorded during the pandemic, in 2020 and 2021, and the main challenge was how to capture both beauty and chaos sonically during a world crisis,” says Warren. “This new Deluxe Edition starts off with two of the most uplifting songs on the album. I was very particular regarding the additional tracks for this Deluxe Edition, they had to fit the theme sonically and lyrically. Tacking on whatever leftover additional songs for the sake of it was not an option. Blake Morgan remastered, resequenced, and turned Eclectro into a new cohesive body of work, while remaining true to the original. He understood all aspects of the album artistically and I think that comes out here in the end. He was the perfect collaborator for this ‘director’s cut’ of this album.”
Following a series of critically and commercially successful releases, multiple TV and film placements, U.S. and European tours, and a host of accolades from front-line publications like Rolling Stone and Tape Op, Blak Emoji has joined the esteemed roster at ECR Music Group.
Warren was first immersed in Soul, R&B, and Pop music growing up in South Jersey, but after his rigorous music studies learning piano concertos and Jazz-guitar standards led him to Electronic music, Hip-hop, and Punk, he found himself drawing on new influences ranging from Nine Inch Nails to Björk, and from Prince to Kraftwerk.
These diverse-but-intertwined influences are represented clearly throughout his distinguished recorded catalog—a catalog ECR Music Group is now remastering and reissuing in full in 2023. His body of work has garnered praise from equally-diverse corners of the music world: All Access Music calls Warren “A brainy, substantive and complex writer.” Glam Glare describes his work as, “Alluring and infectious.” Black Rock Coalition proclaims Blak Emoji to be, “A sexy come on that champions intellect.”
Blak Emoji is set to begin an exciting new chapter with ECR Music Group––Eclectro [Deluxe Edition] is out now.