As alluded to in Eames’ 2010 recap, 2011 will involve a lot of dialogue between our beloved bass scene & House/Techno (in actuality, there is no division between the two in our idealistic minds). There is simply too much quality music currently being produced in & around those 4/4 arenas to deny the dance floor such benediction. And all the lateral branching from the sounds of the last 2 years really is generating some amazing permutations on the classic 4/4 clip.
UKfunky is the most prominent example of the fruits of recontextualization, and no doubt there are many other bubbling vibes on HDs allover (Sepalcure was a winner this year for sure). But one agenda that is definitely exciting us is the return to soul, groove, melody. Look no further than Night Slugs, Permanent Vacation & Rush Hour for artists that have inhaled the last few years’ worth of bass intensity & are now exhaling some undeniably fresh music with weight invested in an effeminate flex that, let’s be honest, has been a bit vacant from the dance over the last couple years.
21 year old Montreal native Jacques Greene represents this new breed of House producer. His debut EP on Scottish art.party.music imprint LuckyMe features 4 simmering, well-articulated peices of understated, sensual body music. Drawing from slick 90s UK Garage, classic Chicago House and glossy R&B, Greene crafts tunes that punch with the percussion of the modern dance floor while sending familiar sexy shivers up your spine. Made entirely on analogue synths & classic drum machines in a loft studio in Mile End, Greene’s sound is as progressive as any post-step heater, yet steeped in the recognizable traditions of good House music. And as if an EP on LuckyMe wasn’t enough, Greene also pops up on Night Slugs Allstars Vol. 1 as well (and we all know how much sub⎹division luuurves them doods).
Keep your ears peeled for Mr. Greene headlining a sub⎹division in the first half of 2010. We hyped for it & we’re guessing so are you.
Jacques Greene “(Baby I Don’t Know) What You Want”
Jacques Greene: “2010 – The year I finally got records out. A lot of goals were fulfilled, a lot of plans were made for the coming years. Got a manager. Got more debt at the gear shop for more synths. First and foremost though, it was a year of seeing good things happen in music both around me and throughout the world. My close friends from Montreal made remixes with Diplo (Lunice), attended RBMA and cooked up some crazy timeless R&B about to come out (Ango), reinvented themselves and started art galleries in Vancouver (Prison Garde) as well as local friends and promoters that threw amazing parties and made Montreal feel alive again. Night Trackin, Rilly Guilty, Lexis, Poirier, Neon & High Food, Lol Boys, Sinjin Hawke all did their part to make the nights thrilling again.
On some real shit though, 2010 was the year I saw vinyl really take a hit. Profit margins on releasing vinyl became ever so smaller, InBeat, the legendary provider of dance records in Montreal closed its doors after decade of service to the city’s DJs, and more and more releases that I really wanted went straight to digital. Ah well. Can’t have it all I guess.
But I’m more one to look forward than to look back, so here’s to 2011; hopefully touring a bunch, making some new friends as well as spending quality time with the ones I have now, release some vinyl, play some first shows on the westcoast hopefully, extend my line of credit at the gear shop for more synths. And good times, loads and loads of good times.”