By Victoria Koi
Uhuru comes from the Swahili word for freedom, a feeling artist Julian Martinez elicits with his dreamy tracks, effortlessly blending jazz and subtle beats together in a blissful harmony. His music is liberation for the mind - a perfect fusion of vintage melodies and modern rhythms.
Martinez originally started in hopes of establishing himself as a rap artist, but found that making beats was more rewarding. He left Las Vegas for San Diego, adding a southern Californian edge to his music. His instrumentals exude finesse, giving life to Bossa nova by complementing it with the appropriate beats and synths, resulting in a refined type of hip-hop.