"In a bold feat of experimentalism the AltRnR artist weaved together the most rapturous elements from decades past to served up a potently high energy track. There's a unique rapturous air to their sound which you'd be hard pressed to find elsewhere...Within AntiMatter you’ll find reminiscences to a myriad of artists. From the B52s to James Brown, it’s all infused in this feat of infectiously indulgent, dopamine teasing Alt RnB."
- AnR Factory
"Similar to the debut, here he starts things with piano and keys along with that aged crooning before the band goes cataclysmic with its rhythm and vocals are changed up when Mallorca starts rapping on “My Own Volition.” The song itself is colorful, blending those keyboards and rhythm with horns and electronics. The band keeps the party going with “You don’t Mind Me Sayin’ That,” with a punchy bounce and stop-starts as Mallorca sing/speaks throughout the track. Again, you’ll find the keys and horns volleying off one another while background harmonies accentuate Mallorca’s vocals. The showman in him is ever-present.
Everything leads directly “AntiMatter,” or the title track as I’d like to call it; visceral in its delivery as the rhythm section never refrains cutting through with heavy-handed delivery. Here, Mallorca sings like a man possessed, rarely pausing for a breath. And of course, he raps as well. From this point on, one would assume this is the highlight of The AntiMatter Suite but there’s much more that follows. I’m not sure how it all comes together here but it simply does!
I’d like to say the infectious “Lady Libby” has Mallorca channeling the ghost of the Reverend Al Green…but the legend ain’t dead. This right here though does hold up well against the soul artist, and although Mallorca raps 2/3rds of the way through, I just want to hear him sing! The keyboard/drums/bass combo here can repeat as long as it wants, and no one would care because it’s hypnotic. When the band bridges off, the harmonies leave me fascinated. The one memorable thing about this release is its non-conformity and willingness to push boundaries, never really knowing what direction Sulu and Excelsior is heading. “Equilibrium” begins with an electronic beat before heading into what Go-Gos-esque direction, which does a complete 180 degree turn into something completely different, punctuating a bounce within it. All that while the jazz-infected “Silver Fox” takes a different approach, allowing the groove to find its own path.
There’s so much more within the context of Sulu and Excelsior’s music that needs to be noted, from the somberness of “Myopic Living” to swinging Latin/Caribbean groove of “Gratitude,” The AntiMatter Suite is filled with a dexterous variety. I can surely call myself a fan.- Ghettoblaster Magazine
“Uplifting, soulful, and just what you need to get the weekend started right, Sulu follows suit of his previous releases, raising the tempo and the bar for the listener to get down to in any way they see fit.... This one really made our day. Always rooting for the little guy, we have always seen big things for Sulu and his releases. This is another great one. Sulu and Excelsior make positive music 100%. ” - Fleamarket Funk
released November 15, 2019
Produced, arranged, and composed by Steven E. Mallorca aka Sulu.
All instruments and vocals performed by Steven E. Mallorca with featured musical performances: Vocals by Hiro-a-key on "Find Another" courtesy of Origami Productions; bass guitar by Joel Bernardo on "You Don't Mind Me Sayin' That" and "Mad Dog Magic"; upright bass by Joel Bernardo on "How Can I Lose My Mind"; scratches by Masaki Yamagata on "AntiMatter", "Equilibirum" and "Spacesuit"; and electric guitar by Adam Charity on "You Don't Mind Me Sayin' That"
Recorded & mixed at Slow Jam King Studios by Steven E. Mallorca
Mastered at Total Sonic Media by Steve Berson
Album design by John Wong
Deepest gratitude to my tribe and my hearts Cindy, Jasper and Spencer; my parents, sistas and brovas and all my family, blood and extended; the live Excelsior crew, Cybernetiko, DJ Boo, Hotel Podell, Ken-G, Moat Caitlin, JacAmor, and especially DJ Mas, Bernard O'Reilly and AC, who lent their skills and equipment to this recording; Hiro-a-key and Origami Productions for gracing this album with impeccable voice and style; my visual partners in crime, John Wong and Jean Baptiste Sankara; Take and the BBQ crew; Yoshi Tsushima and Origami Productions; my P.I.C Familia - always the OG Mothership; the Riding Mower Records family; the Slow Jam King crew; DJ Prestige at Flea Market Funk; Eddie Ugarte at Ghettoblaster Magazine; Matt Horowitz at The Witzard
SULU AND EXCELSIOR is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist/rapper/singer Steven E. Mallorca, aka Sulu, who is also a
rapper and trumpet player in the alternative hip-hop group, P.I.C.
Building on the genre-bending of his work with P.I.C, Mallorca plays all the instruments and vocal performances with influences that span 40s and 50s jazz, 60s and 70s soul, and 80s and 90s hip-hop....more
Your man couldn’t look at my face
He feels that a man like me
couldn’t stay in my place
I see why he’s acting like this,
Why’d he say what he say?
He can’t deal
Cuz I’m seizing my time
So he gets in my way
And he feels
We don’t matter
Anti-matter to him
glass gon’ shatter on him
Your man gonna smile at your face
He feels that a woman like you
Is gonna stay in your place
You don’t kneel.
You can make your own world
Do your thing you got faith
And you deal with a whole lot more
It ain’t shown in your pay.
And you feel
We should matter more
He’s so fragile
glass could shatter for years
Hey- I’m not being dramatic
They rigged the democratic
Voicing of the people
getting drowned and lost in all the static
Your man is autocratic
My dissent is automatic
My rhymes are all emphatic
Break the glass and call the medic
He’s in a greenhouse so we douse that lawn with gasoline
Not too long That glass’ll gleam
Right the wrongs Collapse the seams
Swing down, sweet back on that chariot
Gon ’ carry it like a picket sign
Don’t think it’s time?
But hell yeah we’re gonna bury it
What? the nature of the beast
I’d never hate you like you preach
And I can empathize and emphasize
That time has ceased
I’m anti matter to you
She’s anti matter to you
I’ll take that batter to your
Glass no match I’ll shatter through you..
We don’t matter
Anti-matter to him
glass gon’ shatter for years
Years to come