Over the past two years, Montreal producer Jacques Greene has quietly amassed an impressive little catalog, twisting the spirit of R&B into something functional for dancefloors fueled by classic house and forward-thinking bass. With only a few releases under his belt, he has become one of North America's most lauded producers, a feat assisted in no small part by his jaw-dropping, analog-gear-intensive live shows. Once the calendar reached 2012, Greene announced the next step in his ongoing evolution, the founding of his own label, Vase. Last week, the young imprint dropped its first record, Concealer, a four-track EP from Greene himself. On the heels of its release, we tapped the busy artist to list five tracks that have helped to shape both his current musical outlook and his new label's philosophy. Read more »
This dreamy slice of laid-back instrumental pop comes via LA-based visual and recording artist Cliff Dweller (a.k.a. Ari Balouzian), who has released the tune on his new Perch Verdad EP (artwork above). Like the rest of the short EP, the piano-based song is made up largely of recorded bits of actual instruments, including bass guitar, plucked and bowed violin, and woodwinds, along with some vocalized percussion. On his remix, Baltimore's Ricky Eat Acid leaves the tune's ethereal feel intact, stripping down some elements while adding counter-melodious pings and a crisper beat. Rebel is offering the entire EP for free download here.
Lapalux has a way of fitting an astounding number of elements into his productions. It's something he proved on 2011's Many Faces Out of Focus EP, and in the subsequent remixes that have populated his Soundcloud page and, incidentally, our own downloads section. When You're Gone, the Essex-based producer's debut EP for Brainfeeder, sees Lapalux only continuing to refine his techniques, molding and shaping his seemingly neverending array of ticks, chops, and blurps into even more concise packages as his compositions become more song-like in structure. Read more »
This purple piece of bass from UK producer DS1 deploys a volley of synth licks over skittering hi-hats and plodding bass chords. "Red Rain" appears on DS1's recent Emotions, Colours, and Spacefood EP, out now on Slit Jockey, which contains two other originals and four remixes, including a Starkey remix of this track. The artwork for the release is above, and the tracklisting can be found after the jump. Read more »
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