Maths Time Joy – Hideaway [EP]

maths time joy- hideaway EP
By: Rosaleen Gallagher 

NOTE: I actually wrote this post in November, but work, life and the holidays got in the way, and it was never published. But the time has come to revisit this abandoned post and really shed some light on the amazing artist I was featuring – especially since the album I had *just* found in early November is still in heavy rotation. That being said, here is my original post from last year.

I just stumbled London-based producer/singer/songwriter, Maths Time Joy’s his new EP, out in collaboration with Live For The Funk. This is their second release, and they are proud to have joined forces to complete this amazing producer’s most complete project to date. I don’t know what it is with these European 22 year olds…the past few producers I have featured or interviewed have been 22 and have been really at the top of their game. It’s refreshing to see so many young producers really standing out tirelessly amongst all the competition, churning out fresh, amazing tracks that are immaculately produced and dancefloor ready, right out of the box. Maybe this goes to show that the hungriest will really find their way to the top just due to their sheer talent and drive, and Maths Time Joy is no slacker. He has been growing like wildfire in the blog world, with a slew of tracks already out on Soundcloud, and several mixed floating around, this producer is one one to watch.

On his three track “Hideaway” EP, Maths Time Joy brings his signature sound, beautiful, soft synths, proper organic-sounding percussion, and gorgeous samples and melodies….of course, mixed up with my favorite ingredient, perfectly chopped up and echoed vocals. His style on-point and cohesive, everything in it’s exact place (almost mathematical precision…hence the name, perhaps?), and not overdone at all…each track has a wonderful simplicity, starting slow, with growing intensity as the tracks build, and then, the twist, a perfect, and un-anticipated beautiful closure.

All this with a lightly sprinkled garage sound, lovely vocals, perfect timing…nothing is lacking in this EP. I just wish there were 3 more songs.

http://www.liveforthefunk.com/sounds/post/lftf002-maths-time-joy-hideaway-ep/

Soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/mathstimejoy

Artist Spotlight: RIT

By: Rosaleen Gallagher

I feel lucky today. After a few weeks of feeling like music was going nowhere, and nothing good had come out lately, today I stumbled across a French producer who goes by RIT. He is a 22 year old producer from the Paris suburbs, who, when I wrote him for a bio, was incredibly humble and sweet, and honestly didn’t have much to say about himself. He names his influences as v”arious ambient and garage”, and he just so happens to collaborate with some other artists whom I follow and think are wonderful (nExow, LuQus, Lunova Labs).

His new track with LuQus showed up in my Soundcloud feed today, and unknowingly, I clicked on a positively gorgeous track that they had just uploaded called “Through the Rain (ft. Bijou)” – which absolutely took my breath away. I tend to shy away from tracks that feature a vocalist (especially female), because I am not a huge fan of vocals in general in electronic music – but, if they are chopped up just right and edited perfectly, then can really make or break a track. In this case – RIT and LuQus’ phenomenal selection of vocals and lovely production just made this a hands-down hit. Bijou’s vocals are lovely, beautifully filtered and echoed to the point where they make you feel this distance, this longing for something or someone or some emotion that is unattainable. It makes you forget where you are. This is a song that’s able to draw deep emotions that were probably never even there before hearing it, now that is an accomplishment. THAT is deep.

These two very talented producers seem to gravitate toward slower, more emotional tracks that allow them to build layers upon layers of atmospheric ambiance, melded perfectly with smooth, slow basslines that serve as the track’s heartbeat which pulls the rest of the track’s languid and full body with them.

This track was the intro, and as a I delved deeper, they just got better. His “Zaika – Memories (remix)” pulled me in with its purposeful beat, and its organic breathiness and watery sounds, static record crackle – reminding me very much of the style some of my favorite producers such as Anthony Ellect. Not a bad thing at all – actually, as someone who’s love for music was born in the age of sampling from vinyl and making samples from real life, banging out beats on an MPC…I am so glad to see people bringing this human, analog element back into electronic music.

Superbly produced, with lovely vocal samples, so perfectly placed, made all of RIT’s work just a perfect soundtrack for my day. With only 6 tracks available for review on Soundcloud, his selection was simple and tight, with no filler, no experimentaion. I really can’t even choose a favorite. This is definitely someone to watch, and he did mention that he is currently working on an EP. So stay tuned – this young producer is destined to gain some ground quickly in the music community, and hopefully we will all be hot on his heels.

ViLLΛGE – “Dive”

By: Rosaleen Gallagher

I actually just had to stop everything I was doing and write up this post. Yesterday was a GREAT day for music. I was on Soundcloud for all of 7 minutes and had already stumbled across not one, but two amazing tracks that simply must be shared.

I’ll begin with “Dive” by ViLLΛGE, which is an incredible remix of Usher’s single by the same title. As much as I hate to admit it, I have always had a soft spot for Usher. However, “Dive” was never a favorite of mine. ViLLΛGE must have seen something the rest of us did not in this single and he did a simply stunning job of chopping up the vocals to create a haunting and almost heart-wrenching rendition of the top 40 hit.

ViLLΛGE first caught my attention when he released “Takeover” about 6 months ago, which subsequently became one of my summer anthems and even made it’s way to the Colortones mix I did for my friends at multidisciplinary design studio, Colorcubic (www.colorcubic.com) – coming soon. ViLLΛGE has this intrinsic knack for reworking tracks into completely fantastic and totally additive bangers. “Takeover” won my heart with it’s contagious energy and perfectly placed vocal samples, and became my ideal summer party jam.

ViLLΛGE’s “Dive” is not so light-hearted, but just as brilliant. It begins with hollow, echoey vocals laid over minimal beats, with a heavy bass and perfect kick. Sprinkled with immaculately placed silences, beautiful vocal layering, driving synths and that signature two-step beat, you almost forget that this started out as an over-produced top 40 R&B jam. ViLLΛGE really created something from nothing here and with his consistently stellar production chops, he injected a new depth and emotion into a song that was previously just mediocre. It is now one of those tracks that has me closing my eyes and nodding my head at my desk, and I can guarantee that this it will be in heavy rotation for months to come.

ViLLΛGE – “Dive”

By: Rosaleen Gallagher

I actually just had to stop everything I was doing and write up this post. Yesterday was a GREAT day for music. I was on Soundcloud for all of 7 minutes and had already stumbled across not one, but two amazing tracks that simply must be shared.

I’ll begin with “Dive” by ViLLΛGE, which is an incredible remix of Usher’s single by the same title. As much as I hate to admit it, I have always had a soft spot for Usher. However, “Dive” was never a favorite of mine. ViLLΛGE must have seen something the rest of us did not in this single and he did a simply stunning job of chopping up the vocals to create a haunting and almost heart-wrenching rendition of the top 40 hit.

ViLLΛGE first caught my attention when he released “Takeover” about 6 months ago, which subsequently became one of my summer anthems and even made it’s way to the Colortones mix I did for my friends at multidisciplinary design studio, Colorcubic (www.colorcubic.com) – coming soon. ViLLΛGE has this intrinsic knack for reworking tracks into completely fantastic and totally additive bangers. “Takeover” won my heart with it’s contagious energy and perfectly placed vocal samples, and became my ideal summer party jam.

ViLLΛGE’s “Dive” is not so light-hearted, but just as brilliant. It begins with hollow, echoey vocals laid over minimal beats, with a heavy bass and perfect kick. Sprinkled with immaculately placed silences, beautiful vocal layering, driving synths and that signature two-step beat, you almost forget that this started out as an over-produced top 40 R&B jam. ViLLΛGE really created something from nothing here and with his consistently stellar production chops, he injected a new depth and emotion into a song that was previously just mediocre. It is now one of those tracks that has me closing my eyes and nodding my head at my desk, and I can guarantee that this it will be in heavy rotation for months to come.

Flume – “Holdin On”

By: Rosaleen Gallagher

The second track I fell in love with yesterday is by a young Australian producer who goes by Flume. Flume’s tracks and remixes generally tend to be more on the fun side, with happy electro beats and lots of reverb. In his typical fun-loving fashion, Flume’s new track, “Holdin’ On”, brings that same high energy, feel-good vibe to the table, but this time, with less of an electro feel and more of a revamped, almost gospel-sounding motown style. 

Flume’s production style on this track actually reminds me lot of Gramatik, who is the creator of the Street Bangerz beat tapes and a hip-hop beat maker that I absolutely adore. The style is relatively simple, without the complex layering and soundscapes that I am typically attracted to, but as a hip-hop beat junkie, I immediately responded to the soulful sample punctuated by each energetically charged beat. And hey, I can’t hate on that passionate, organic sound. The only thing that would make this better is if the vocals were actually sampled from vinyl and had that signature analog warmth and crackle. 

This track is just meant to be fun and get you up out of your seat. And, it works. A perfect party maker, this will no doubt make the cut for your weekend pre-funk, pre-game playlist.

 

Sound Genesis – “Loose Change”

By: Rosaleen Gallagher

If brevity is a gift, then Sound Genesis clearly possesses this admirable quality in his music. The majority of his tracks are not more than a minute and a half long, but they are all just the right combination of chilled out beats, familiar vocal samples and laid back, melodic instrumentals. 

His recent track, “Loose Change”, got me right when I needed it. It’s short and sweet, and is one of those tracks that is so good, makes you wish there was more of it. But, I suppose that’s the beauty of it, because it ends up in constant rotation. A playful Lil Wayne verse over one of Sound Genesis’ signature super smooth, head-nod beats, it clocks in at just 1:12. And I can’t get enough.

If you’re looking for smooth little hip hop jam to liven up that weekday slump, this is it. One listen is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and give you that warm, fuzzy feeling.

The Weeknd – “Wicked Games” (Wolfwolf Remix)

By: Rosaleen Gallagher

So I’m sitting here on a redeye flight from Portland to Boston. I’ve had the stomach flu for two days, and I cringe at the fact that I have a long flight, and a full day of work ahead of me tomorrow without a wink of sleep. Perfect time to write a blog post.

I order a Brooklyn Lager from the flight attendant, pour out a cheap plastic cup’s worth, and THIS just happens to play on my ipod. I have been jocking this remix for a while now. Like borderline obsessing. I LOVE the Weeknd – who doesn’t? He has honestly been the beautiful, torturous soundtrack to my life the past 2 years, but this “Wicked Games” remix is like the happy dance that you do when you finally get past all the heartbreak and pain, and get your groove back. That feeling where you just want to have a one-woman (or man) dance party on your couch, sing at the top of your lungs, reveling in that moment, and throwing caution to the wind. This remix makes you feel positively unstoppable!

Wolfwolf seriously killed it with this track. He so flawlessly devised the most perfectly liberating anecdote to the Weeknd’s heartbreak, and injected it with all the joy and freedom that comes with finally getting past the pain. With his feelgood, 80’s vibe, driving basslines, pounding beats and this ENERGY that is so contagious, he makes the Weeknd’s lyrics seem…well, kind of ecstatic. I don’t think I have smiled smiled so big (to myself) in public. Like, ever.

So here I sit on this plane, pouring a tasty beer, with three seats of extra legroom to myself, looking like a damn fool with a giant smile on my face, as I depart for a new city, new friends, and new experiences. And I feel unstoppable. 

Sorrow – Art Is Dead [EP]

BY: Rosaleen Gallagher

We have all been through it. A time in our lives where chaos and uncertainty are at the forefront, we don’t know what the right choices are, if we are good enough, if we are making these people happy. New job, new place to live, new relationship – all the old emotions, new emotions, the uncertainty about which path to follow…past and present, intertwining in this complicated, human, and innately confusing mess of feelings. I feel that Sorrow’s new EP, Art is Dead, arrived at a perfect, pivotal point in my life where I was right there, in tune with every track, every note, every melody. I felt that I was listening to my own life, instrumentally filtered, through my headphones.

Sorrow‘s tracks have always been positively gorgeous,  almost heartbreaking, with so many stunning and complex layers, but this feels different. It feels sad, and emotional, but somehow still hopeful. So many artists when composing something this rich, and fluid and emotional, forget to bring the optimism that comes with the feelings of love, loss and change. That silver lining. 

Not Sorrow. His basslines have such a purpose, each ghostly vocal sample is perfectly placed, like some fading memory from the past, every melody, every glitched-out moment is exactly where it should be. He brings just the right amount of emotion and longing in each precisely layered track. This EP is simply a work of art. I don’t think I have ever heard anything so lovely from start to finish. I wouldn’t change one note.