“CONSISTENTLY ADVENTUROUS HIP-HOP THAT PUSHES THE OUTER LIMITS OF NUMEROUS STYLES.”
CREATIVE LOAFING ATL
"The horns swing, the rhythm section is on point, the music swells in just the right times, and Evans has lyrical chops while keeping a good balance between his rapping and the rest of the music."
Anthony Dean-Harris, Nextbop.com
"ATL-based collective Monkier takes the groove oriented jazz inflected hip-hop of the early 90s and pushed it more explicitly into the jazz arena, layering moody, horn-centric grooves over fusion-focused key explorations and bubbling bass, all topped off where necessary with Zac Evans' astute rhymes."
Gabe Vodicka, Flagpole Magazine (Athens, GA)
The songs are tightly fragments deliciously layered to reward new auditory treats upon repeated listening. Moniker's debut acts as a superb living document of Atlanta's burgeoning left-field experimental jazz and hip-hop scene.
Paul DeMerritt, Crib Notes - Creative Loafing Atlanta
Monkier, formed in 2013 out of the local Atlanta jazz scene, is an 8-piece band that seamlessly fuses elements of modern jazz into the hip-hop genre, creating something radically new in the process.
The intricate raps, provided by emcee and keyboardist Zac Evans, smoothly flow over the polyrhythmic foundation laid down by the band. Their songs evolve unexpectedly, weaving between horn section flourishes, jazzy guitar solos, atmospheric synths, and smart vocals- all while never losing the groove. The band currently features Andrew Lastrapes (guitar), Robert Boone (drums), Brandon Boone (bass), Umcolisi Terrell (sax), Justin Powell (trumpet), Will Hollifield (sax), and Richard Sherrington (trombone).
Monkier released their eponymously titled debut album in April 2014 to positive reviews from various publications. They are currently in the process of recording their second LP and touring throughout the southeast.