Originally Posted 11.3.2015 [Archive]
Having just recently become staples in the underground bass music scene, G Jones and Bleep Bloop have joined forces for Mind, the sixth EP released on DJ Shadow’s incredibly inspired Liquid Amber record label. These emerging electronic music monoliths have proven a deadly combination in the past with a slew of incredible free downloads, as well as on their own where each has released two great EPs through Saturate!Records. Here they have again come with great tracks, taking on an abrasive vibe with notable techno influences and a gritty, industrial sound.
1. G Jones & Bleep Bloop - Plastic Flower People
A distinctly vinyl vibe begins the opening track. Stuttering percussion, a wobbly kick, rough hats and a constant layer of background grit round out a simultaneously funky and rough drum pattern. As a distant high pitched melody filters in to focus the abrasiveness of the track becomes apparent. The tweaked out lead is the high light of this track, as it rings out above the coarse drums and generally lo-fi background elements. While minimalistic in sound, the track has great presence and impact, utilizing the roughness of the drums and percussion to contrast and bring attention to the bright lead. My favorite on the release.
2. G Jones & Bleep Bloop - Real
Coming in at 127 bpm and with a clear techno influence, Real continues the gritty and industrial vibe of ‘Mind’. The start of the track is marked by distorted analog synth stabs and a techno influenced drum pattern giving a great sense of rising energy prior to the drop. The same distorted stabs are used heavily throughout both drops, sticking with a consistent sequence with slight changes to the patterns and modulation over time. The result, paired with punchy kicks and quick hitting snares, is a heavily distorted 808 take on classic techno ideas.
3. G Jones & Bleep Bloop - Mind
Mind begins with an ominous energy as a single bell-like sequence appears out of the frozen delays trails of a “mind” vocal sample. Constant, driving hats move the track forward to a full drum beat as the repeated mind vocal sample and rising synths bring the song to the first drop. Here most of the track elements fade away as just the initial sequence, with added delay, and buzzing kicks fill the mix. The effect is spacious and powerful. Variations of the sequence are introduced, each with intricate effect modulation, producing extremely creative patterns that slowly fade away. The last portion of the drop employs this same idea of effect modulation, this time focusing on the “mind” vocal samples. As the other track elements again fade away the clever details of these newly formed patterns become apparent. An incredibly well put together track.
It’s great to see these two get a proper release done together. They are truly two of the west coast’s brightest young producers and are now slowly starting to gain the recognition they deserve. With each track they put it out they continue to develop and refine their sound. With the brilliant atmospheres and attention to sound design present in this EP, Mind is just the most recent glimpse of that continued growth. The whole EP is fantastic and can be downloaded for free at http://liquidambermusic.com/album/mind-ep.
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