Review: Back on LuckyMe for another round of R&B tinged beats from the next dimension, at this point Montreal's Jacques Greene is certainly a dab hand at matching forward-thinking production with accessible pop tropes. "No Excuse" centres on a heartfelt vocal hook, but all around it fall chunky found sound beats while winsome synths warble overhead. "Feel What" places its own vocal sample in a more distant reverb chamber, letting the snap of the broken beat drums take to the fore of the mix. "Night Tracking" is the more obviously club ready cut with its discernible house thrust, but even then the bewitching melodies spell out a more reflective purpose to this EP.
Review: Following Jacques Greene's superlative entrance into the art of releasing music last year for Night Slugs and Luckyme, the Montreal resident serves further notice of his clear talent with another drop for the Glaswegian crew. "Another Girl" has been a staple of the Greene DJ set for a while now and it finally arrives - expertly teasing out warm tones of bubbling melodies and heart yearning vocals over some typically next level beat programming. In less words: A certified anthem! Just to make a good thing that little bit better, Luckyme throw in remixes of Greene's last release from UR legend Mark Flash and Rinse uber talent Braiden as well as digital only refixes from Koreless, the Glaswegian whose been branded the new Joy Orbison, and Machinedrum. Big tip.
Review: Martyn always seems to be able to get the kind of material from artists for 3024 that goes outside their established comfort zone - see Mosca's Wavey EP for proof of that - and this EP from Jacques Greene is no exception. Eschewing his usual combination of futuristic R&B and 2-step, "Ready" is techno in the way that only Greene could do it - lightly shuffling garage beats and gentle vocal samples abound at the beginning, but are soon bulldozed aside by hammering kicks and cascading arpeggios. "Prism" is, melodically at least, what we'd expect from the Canadian; with glittering sequences streaming over its hollow kicks, but the dark house vibe underneath is one we haven't seen from him since "Baby I Don't Know (What You Want)". Fantastic stuff.
After Life After Party (Suicideyear remix) - (4:06) 86 BPM
After Life After Party (Sei A remix) - (6:12) 62 BPM
Review: Montreal's premier plush-stepper Jacques Greene is once again shoring his melodic tones up on LuckyMe island. This time around, "After Life After Party" takes you on a soaring, somewhat melancholic trip through rich swathes of yearning synth lines, making for a more reflective dancefloor moment that loses none of the punch and swagger. "1 4 Me" turns its focus inwards, using straining R&B vocal licks to offset the winsome chords for a truly autumnal slice of stepped club tackle. Suicideyear drop a slick and sugar-sweet electro take on "After Life After Party", while Sei A's version represents a more subtle and snaking kind of tech house confection rich with textures and tweaked-out sound effects.
Review: Not only does Jacques Greene constantly rack up some of the best, house-laden garage available on the streets, but he also seems to attract the finest of remixers to his catchy, UDG-friendly grooves. As always, he's waving the flag high for the Lucky Me imprint, and for good reason too given the qulity of this particular crew of producers who've decided to give him a hand reworking tunes from "Feel Infinite". Matthew Herbert leads the pack with his inimitably odd and leftfield strain of house music - this time in a comparatively more restrained style compared to some of his other productions - and retunes "To Say" beautifully, while Shlohmo does a good job of twisting "You See All My Light" into a growling, bass-heavy r&b monster. Bwana's 'I Felt Alive in 95' remix "Feel Infinite" takes a broken house beat and layers it with her own majestic vocals to make for a magnetic late night jam, and Baltra's version of "Fall" offers the most house-centric moment on here, a rough analog groove with a deep edge and an utterly seductive melodic wave.
Review: Although Canadian producer Jacques Greene lives far away from the UK, his music has been picked up by all the big players of the future bass sound, and aside from his extensive material for the Lucky Me imprint, he has appeared on covered and much respected stables such as Night Slugs and Jon Convex's 3024. He's back on the former this week with a one-track hybrid blaster, a tune by the name of "You Can't Deny". There is a four-to-the-floor best somewhere in its depths, but the track is propelled forwards by a thick, morphing bassline that shifts back and forth from electro house to garage. It's nothing but a summer anthem.
Review: Dawn Chorus is the latest album from Jacques Greene and it marks a big shift in his production approach. While his previous work was sample-based, this new long player sees him team up with musicians and singers to create a more organic sound. This approach is really brought to life on the single "Do It Without You", where dusty break beats underpin dreamy vocals, while "Let Go", featuring Rochelle Jordan, is a sublime piece of electronic pop. Meanwhile, the Moodymann-esque, soulful vocal house of "For Love" is sure to seduce dancers at sun-kissed festivals - and demonstrates that Greene has really come of age as a producer.
Review: Well, what a collection of original creations we have on our hands here as 3024-FYE3 gather up four of the most creative names for a percussive extravaganza. We kick of this fabulous adventure with the tribalistic triplets and intense drum designs of Djoser's 'Wera', followed up by the legendary Jacques Greene, who brings out the lo-fi mastery across the rolling time-dance of 'Say Nothing'. Next up, Martyn gets very busy with his well structured amazonian expanse of 'Recon', before we finish up in style as NKC gets seriously experimental with the minimalistic drum melodies of 'Honest Drums'.
Junior Boys - "Like A Child" (Carl Craig remix) - (10:40) 126 BPM
Vaghe Stelle - "The Platform" (Samoyed remix) - (5:44) 126 BPM
Jacques Greene - "The Look" (Koreless remix) - (4:34) 126 BPM
Various - "Bloc Party Tapes" (continuous DJ mix by Kele Okereke) - (1:11:46) 127 BPM
Review: K7's Tape series has already seen the indie royalty likes of Foals, The Rapture and The Big Pink compile mixtapes of mix their favourite tunes. That considered they've still outdone themselves by securing Bloc Party's frontman Kele Okereke for this time round. Unsurprisingly it's an impressively diverse mix featuring delicious drone rock "I Love You (La La La)", the party-grime of Wiley's "Numbers In Action (Sticky remix)", and Kele's own steamy bass remix of his very own band. Impressive!