In the months since Jim-E Stack burst onto the bass music scene via his momentous remix of ASAP Rocky’s “Purple Swag”, he has been on an absolute tear, remixing everyone from Kirko Bangz to Reptar and releasing an EP through en vogue LA label Body High. Featuring similar synths to “Purple Swag”, Stack’s rework of Malaysian singer Yuna’s “Lullabies” falls on the smooth, melodic side of his production dichotomy. Stack has proven to be proficient in crafting club tracks (see “Bubble Boy”) as well as more laid-back jams. Stream and download “Lullabies” below.
The Boiler Room’s American editions have been on fire lately, LA bringing in Friends of Friends and New York hosting a coterie of young production talent and left-field MC’s. At the end of July, hip hoppers Haleek Maul, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Flatbush Zombies took the stage at Boiler Room NY and tore it done. The one seeming outlier on the line-up that night was Body High representative Jim-E Stack, but by the end of his, his place on the bill was more than justified. For some reason, the Body High sound works perfectly when surrounded by pure-bred hip hop. Stack, DJ Sliink and Myrryrs clearly play a ton of hip hop in their sets, but it still surprised me when this set fit perfectly in between the stark sounds of Haleek Maul and Flatbush Zombies. Stream the mix below and download it here.
Los Angeles has been the hub of club oriented electronic music on the West Coast for quite some time. That has resulted in dozens of artists labels dipping their toes into the melting pot of regional scenes that have emerged over the past several years. A number of labels have had success within the club realm, but only one, Body High, has mastered it with an impressive streak of fun-loving consistency. Sporting releases from DJ Sliink, Myrryrs and DJ Dodger Stadium, the young label run by Samo Soundboy (of DJ Dodger Stadium) and Jerome Potter (of LOL Boys) has taken the City of Angels by storm. Their newest release comes courtesy of San Francisco native Jim-E Stack in the form of the ”Bubble Boy”. Stack has made quite a name for himself with his remix game, but his original work is a complex menagerie of club and hip hop influences. Whether drawing from New Orlans, Chicago or Baltimore, Stack has managed to infuse his own unique flair to original releases. Stream “Bubble Boy” below and head over to Boomkat to give some love in the form of paper money.
San Francisco native current New Orleans resident Jim-E Stack has been on quite a roll with his remixes. In the past he’s taken on A$AP Rocky, Kirko Bangz and LOL Boys to great effect his take on Reptar’s “House Boat Babies” is no different. This one’s got a nice tropical feel and expands into an ebullient dance riddim around 1:45. Stream below and download here in exchange for an email address.
Last September, New Orleans by way of San Francisco producer Jim-E Stack let loose his seminal remix of one of 2011′s most ubiquitous tracks, A$AP Rocky’s “Purple Swag”. The track set the stage for a number of hip hop indebted American bass producers from Shlohmo to Baauer to dominate 2012. Stack, now a member of LA’s Body High roster, just put in another burner, this time a remix of Kirko Bangz’s syruppy crossover hit “Drank In My Cup”. Brenmar took a stab at the track back in March resulting in a bubbly club smasher, but Stack takes a decidedly different take. A stomp box immediately ups the tempo, but saxophone arpeggios and otherworldly wind chimes transforms Bangz’s H-Town anthem into a sentimental ode to lean and the fairer sex. We unfortunately only access to a stream at this point so give it a spin above.
Over the past several months, the Los Angeles based Body High record label has grown into one of the foremost forces in American electronic music. The roster is highlighted by DJ Sliink, Todd Edwards and DJ Dodger Stadium (Jerome Potter of LOL Boys and Samo Soundboy), and trends towards Club music, but you would be remiss to label it a Club label. We’ve witnessed Sliink’s impressive ability to synch standard Jersey Club with multitudes of other dance sub-genres and his label mates have a similar dexterity in their productions. Elements of acid house are prevalent in numerous DJ Dodger Stadium tracks while Myrryrs often utilizes the beloved cracking percussion of Southern hip hop. Last week, label head Samo Soundboy featured in The FADER’s mix series and did an excellent job of introducing the Body High roster over the mix’s 40 minute run time. Samo rolls out plenty of exclusives including a Jim-E Stack track off of a future Body High release. The mix wraps up with a well-placed screwed and chopped take on Miguel’s “Adorn,” one of the frontrunners for R&B track of the year. Stream the mix below and download it right over here (left click).
Well this is a pleasant surprise. One of 2011′s quickest risers, New Orleans by way of San Francisco producer Jim-E Stack threw up a brand new heater to his Youtube page last night. Stack brought the revitalized garage sounds of London to A$AP Rocky’s seminal “Purple Swag” last year to break into the scene and cemented his place as one of the most promising young producers via the Come Between EP. Stack puts the emphasis on percussion on this one, letting the sinewy vocals float in and out over quiet synth pads. An understated banger if I’ve ever heard one.
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In mid-September after an initial media blitz brought A$AP Rocky into the public eye, his hype began to die down a little as fans waited for LiveLoveA$AP to drop. Then an unlikely figure rekindled the fire. Jim-E Stack, a New Orleans by way of San Francisco producer released his bootleg of A$AP’s breakthrough hit “Purple Swag” and not only freshened up the original, but also brought it to an entirely new audience. The bootleg focused on the droning, syruppy chords and infused some garage-y drums to take the track to a whole new level. The original functioned well as an ode to to the South and to cement Rocky’s status as that “pretty mothafucka,” but the bootleg takes it into the future.
Download: A$AP Rocky – Purple Swag (Jim-E Stack Bootleg)
Since the bootleg dropped, fans have been desperately searching for more tracks from the New Orleans producer and today we get our wish. Earlier, XLR8R debuted Stack’s Come Between EP, and is well worth the wait. In only three songs, Stack manages to expand on the individual aspects of what made his bootleg of “Purple Swag,” the droning Southern chords, the complex drums, and the perfectly arranged chopped up vocals, into more complete concepts. Come Between will be released via London’s Good Years and I personally can not wait to get my hands on it. In the meantime, you can stream the EP on soundcloud and countdown the hours until its Monday release.