Suzi Analogue is an incredibly versatile producer, vocalist, and designer whose futuristic, forward-thinking music blends abstract hip-hop, neo-soul, and electronic experimentation. Her recordings often feature blown-out, off-kilter beats in addition to her smooth vocals and positive lyrics, but she's also embraced drum'n'bass, footwork, and other forms of high-energy club music. True to her name, she releases much of her music on formats such as cassette and vinyl, and she runs a tape label called Never Normal Records. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, she has resided in numerous cities including Philadelphia, Tokyo, and New York, and she's traveled to Uganda and the Netherlands to teach music production courses.
Born Maya Shipman in 1987, she dubbed herself Suzi Analogue in tribute to RZA's moniker Bobby Digital. She first surfaced in 2009 with the digital release World. Excerpts 1-9 on Fresh Selects, and as part of the Klipmode collective along with fellow experimental hip-hop producers Knxwledge, Devonwho, and Mndsgn. Her 2010 release NNXTAPE featured production by artists including Teebs, Ohbliv, and Dibiase, and earned acclaim from the underground music press. Her 2011 7" single NNXT (released by Dopeness Galore) featured a collaboration with Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins. She teamed up with Tokimonsta to form duo Analogue Monsta; their debut full-length Boom was released by Scion Audio/Visual in 2012. 2014 saw the release of cassettes Chills + Thrills and Love Affairz V.1 (with Swarvy) on Never Normal. In 2016, she released the mainly instrumental Zonez V.1 and V.2, which took her sound in a more uptempo direction, influenced by Chicago's footwork scene. Her ties to the scene solidified when she appeared on Teklife-affiliated producer DJ Earl's Open Your Eyes LP, and collaborated with him under the name WORKFLOWW. ~ Paul Simpson