Our second ticket giveaway of the week comes in the form of Jacque Greene‘s triumphant return to the City of Angels, brining with him a bevy of talented friends including Groundislava, Low Limit, Mike Penthouse and Patrick Brian. Taking over Los Globos this Saturday (12/13/14), Greene will be flexing out a new live set that will hopefully elevate his R&B-driven ballads into rarified territory. The Montreal-based producer has spent the better part of the past five years releasing on a who’s who of labels, including Night Slugs, UNO, LuckyMe and 3024, and he’s starting to take on the roll of scene figurehead, driving the Francophone city’s scene in new and exciting directions, as well as exporting some of its finest homebred talent.
Enter your favorite R&B ballad or maybe a tip top track from Jacques himself into the box below for a chance at a pair of tickets to tomorrow’s happenings. And if you don’t end up winning, come through anyways. Tickets are here and it’s going to be a special night.
There are few producers (if any) I’d rather have remixing Sampha than Jacques Greene and his contribution to LuckyMe’s yearly advent calendar doesn’t disappoint. Taking a rather basic approach right off the bat, Greene instills a steady four-on-the-floor beat to the melancholic original, a formula that has been proven to work by Bodhi already. In the edit, Greene’s take amounts to a simple edit, instilling some dancefloor fervor in the beatific original and giving it that little bit of JG flavor we know and love. Head to the LuckyMe website to download Greene’s edit as well new joints from DJ Paypal, Cid Rim, Obey City, The Blessings and more.
After proving he has the ability to work with vocalists on “Painted Faces” (with Tinashe), Jacques Greene is back with the How To Dress Well-assisted “On Your Side”, a song that toes the line between cheese-y pastiche and genre bending brilliance. While they don’t sound a lick alike sonically, it’s fair to file “On Your Side” alongside relatively new work from the likes of Duke Dumont, Disclosure, or even the pop-oriented fair of Omar-S’ latest Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself LP, in that it prominently features an established vocalist and is heavily hook-driven. This movement in feature-heavy house somewhat mirrors the late-90s explosion of garage in the United Kingdom that operated under the auspices of “bringing the women back into the club”. It’s no surprise that this trend is arising in the aftermath of the dubstep explosion (Disclosure have gone so far as to address that directly, also check out Blackdown’s apt response), and while a fresh breath of air in some respects, it’s trending away from tactful collaboration and towards effete cornball antics. Regardless, holy fuck, how good do Greene and Tom Krell sound together?! If you can get past Krell’s often questionable lyrics, “On Your Side” is easily in the running for lights off anthem of the year. “On Your Side” is off of Greene’s upcoming LuckyMe EP of the same name and will see respective June 3 digital and July 1 physical releases. Stream the radio edit below.
For someone who claims to not even “fully understand” pop music, Jacques Greene shows an incredibly impressive ability to craft infectious hooks out of abstract, dissonant vocal samples in his solo music. If he were to consistently work with an established vocalist, it’s hard to imagine exactly what direction his music would take, but I’m sure it would be groundbreaking. Recently, Greene got in the studio with prodigious Kentucky-born singer as part of Yours Truly’s “Songs From Scratch” series and our fantasy came to life. “Painted Faces”, is the result of that session and, while distinctly Greene, also features a clearer vocal component than any of his previous work. Greene’s sybaritic chords and thumping kickdrum play off of Tinashe’s longing vocals in a way that belies the relatively short amount of time the two have worked together. Like the Shlohmo/Jeremih “Songs From Scratch” feature, this pop/house hybrid that bridges the gap between tactful, below ground sounds and more overt, established pop melodies and song writing. It’s a brilliant combination and one we can only hope comes to fruition again in the future. Stream “Painted Faces” below and hit the jump for the full “Songs From Scratch” feature.
In proper form, Jacques Greene let loose “Quicksand”, one of the standout exclusives from his recent FADER Mix. Greene finds a suitable middle ground between his impossibly smooth work (usually released on his own label Vase) and his more hard-edged productions (often released on Martyn’s 3024) on “Quicksand” and the result is as indulgent as ever. Like the best house music, the kickdrum is the heartbeat of the song and Greene’s masterfully yearning sample leads the listener along the path to ultimate fulfillment. “Quicksand” doesn’t have a release date yet, but we’re waiting on the edge of our seat for a clearer glimpse of this gem. Stream below.
It appears that Jesse Boykins III has become somewhat of an informal member of the Vase-Forever crew. After appearing on Zodiac’s standout “Come” back in September, Boykins III has recruited labelhead Jacques Greene to remix “The Perfect Blues” off of his joint album with MeLo X. There’s something about Boykins’ voice, as comforting as it is unnerving, that fits so damn well with that lush, mid-tempo Vase aesthetic. Here Greene takes on “The Perfect Blues” and, stepping back from his past few dancefloor oriented productions, aims directly at the bedroom. And really, is there anyone making sexier music than Jacques Greene? Boykins and MeLo X’s crooning is just the cherry on top. Stream and download below courtesy of FACT Mag.
Unreleased Jacques Greene, Zodiac, Ango, Arclight and Samoyed. Free unreleased Jacques Greene, Zodiac, Ango, Arclight and Samoyed. Sound a little bit like heaven? Nope, just VSE07, the latest (did I mention free) release from Greene’s Vase imprint. All hyperbole aside, VSE07 is a solid collection of unreleased and remastered jawns that are sure to get your skin tingling if you have any interest in the sounds Montreal has been promulgating over the past few years. The comp was originally a freebie for attendees of a Vase showcase in London last month, but Greene and his compatriots were too kind to allow this one to slip away into the ether. Arclight’s “Obsidian” is the tape highlight and sees the duo taking on psych rock. Stream “Obsidian” below and grab the full comp here.
Over the past two years, Jacques Greene has elevated himself into the North American bass music elite and become one of its curatorial geniuses as well. Through his own Vase label and his on-point mixes, Greene has broken artists like Zodiac and Tommy Kruise and helped further the careers of Koreless and Arclight. His latest (two hour!) mix for BBC Radio 6 jumps all over the bass music sphere and includes brand exclusive Grown Folk, Zodiac and Koreless tunes, as well as a new one from Mr. Greene himself. Head over to the BBC website to listen to the full mix and stream the unreleased Greene cut below.
It’s always refreshing when an artist puts as much as an emphasis on promoting their own label as they do their own music. There are too many labels/imprints under the helm of some artist who either doesn’t have the time to run it properly or doesn’t care enough. Jacques Greene and his Vase label are not one of those. The next Vase release will be a compilation featuring Ango, Zodiac (The Weeknd’s estranged former producer), Samoyed and of course Greene. To celebrate, Greene let loose “Faded” which will appear on the EP. The song was made “many months ago” and holds that classic Greene sound, what with its far away R&B vocals and popping percussion. Stream “Faded” below and catch the compilation on October 5.
So Jacques Greene is releasing an EP on Martyn’s record label 3024. It’s due out July 16, but you can preview it now. It’s called Ready and no surprise, it’s really, really good. From the Soundcloud description:
From early releases with LuckyMe and Night Slugs via high profile remixes and on to the recent formation of his own Vase imprint the Montreal native has been at the front of his home town’s rapidly snowballing acclaim as a creative incubator of unusual quality, fusing R&B’s raw emoting to House and Techno’s sleek propulsion. The Ready EP is a further refinement of the sound he’s made his own, going further down the rabbit hole than before but always balancing aerodynamic efficiency with the unusually organic emotion.
That sounds about right. “Prism” and “Dakou” have that sexy late night sound that Greene has perfected on his past few releases and while there’s no “Another Girl” here, why try and recreate that magic. “Ready” takes Greene in a more techno-oriented direction, not my favorite, but it’s quite fitting for a release on Martyn’s label. Stream below.