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02 Apr 12
Played by: In Flagranti
Review: Marking the second release on Jacques Greene's label, Holographic comes on instantly like a psychedelic indie rock take on electronica. There's an impressive diversity to the three tracks on this EP, from the beatless dream-pop of "Vitamin D" to the homespun funk of "Purple City", but the unifying factor is the fuzzed-out quality to every sound. Crumbly synth tones sound like they've sat out in the sun too long, while the beats feel like they're being played on the decking of a rickety beach shack south east of nowhere. With the season nearly upon us, it's the perfect time to let a little Arclight into your life.
16 Apr 13
Review: Now known to be a duo consisting of Lukid and Simian's Simon Lord, Arclight return to Jacques Greene's Vase label with Turntable Down, which from the title track immerses us in a world of aqueous synths, gnarly drum beats and nostalgic vocals. "Obsidian" is comparatively more uplifting but nonetheless euphoric and mesmeric, whilst "Hold Against The Light" heads brings forth some guitar-meshed rhythms without losing any of the duo's electronic tendencies. "One Seven Three Four" closes the EP in style for what is probably the most daring piece of acoustic-electronic-grunged out psychedelia on the entire release - recommended.
30 Jan 12
UK Funky/UK Garage
Played by: Odiggity, Hxdb, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Musumeci, Shox, 123mrk, Tee Circus, Modo Fractal
Review: Bringing his melodically wholesome vibes to Vase, ace Canadian producer Jacques Greene has crafted an all-out future pop cut in the shape of "Flatline". Ango provides some wholly smooth crooning over the track, making this a jam primed for chart consumption. Elsewhere a diverse selection of grooves abound, from the stripped UK funky stylings of "These Days" to the more streamlined and mildly trancey "Clark". "Arrow" breaks things up nicely with a shuffled beat and mournful keys pitched just right to tug at the heartstrings. Highly recommended.
16 Jul 12
Review: Since appearing on Jamie xx's Essential Mix last year, anticipation has been building for the release of Welsh producer Koreless's "Lost In Tokyo", and it finds itself on the logical home of Jacques Greene's Vase imprint. Sharing the same sense of melody as the Canadian tour de force, Koreless manages to take water droplet synths and a breathy vocal shrouded in reverb and construct a tense slow burner without the addition of any beats. A remix is offered by Greene himself, a logical choice given that he has taken the young producer under his wing over the last year, and turns in a club focused remix with tumbling bass and thumping kicks in the style of his recent track "Ready". Essential stuff.
18 Feb 13
Review: Making his first full appearance on Jacques Greene's Vase imprint, Samoyed brings an energetic, ravey streak to his more typically mellow output, but he's still in command of a keen ear for strung out pads and emotional vocal snippets. "Sloe Eyes" is the sweeter of the two, but still finds itself whipping up into a breakbeat frenzy in between the dreamy breakdowns. "Guts" leads in on a lilting loop of melancholia, before a rugged beat and prominent bass come marching in to add some ass-wiggling dirt to the wistful situation. Fuelled by the sharp programming of UK funky and yet still as spooky as anything Samoyed has produced, it's a different kind of dance wrecker.
24 Sep 12
Review: Canadian producer Zodiac (nee Jeremy Rose) was allegedly uncredited for his production on a record by The Weeknd, but now returns (fully credited) with his own EP for Jacques Greene's Vase label. What we get is five slices of exquisitely produced 'cerebral-hop', if you will. "GirlGirlGirl", basically takes an early 90s R&B sample and slows it right down, getting to a real grind pace, before draping it in silk sheets of seductive synths. "Come" is a bleepy, sleepy, slow jam with a Maxwell-style vocal from Jesse Boykins III. "Loss Config" is an unusual instrumental featuring a classical piano motif and "138", with its hands-in-the-air melodies and lilting beats, ends things on high. Classy stuff!