Since the release of his 2011 debut, Aaron Jerome aka SBTRKT has been striving for harder edges with every new one off and remix. SBTRKT will probably go down as one of the touchstones of the “bass” music era, an amorphous melange of garage, house, dubstep and techno elements. In 2012, Jerome dabbled in more straight-laced productions, throwing out some harder techno and house tracks. His latest remix, of Portico Quartet’s “Line”, is straight out of UK garage’s early years, all meticulously arranged bass weight and skittering vocals. This is not the garage many associate with Disclosure, Bicep, etc., it’s the garage that eventually helped spawn Coki, Mala and Loefah. There are light-hearted moments, but they are usually subsumed in a deluge of heaping sub bass. There’s no release date attached to the below video so you’ll just have to stream and enjoy.
SBTRKT has released several tunes to the Soundcloud over the past few months, offering a tantalizing look into what his next release might look/sound like. His latest, “Terminal”, is a short techno joint that offers a nice progression and tight percussion, but seems to be fairly unfinished. As solid as the instrumental tracks Mr. Jerome has been uploading as of late, his best songs are clearly a result of working with Sampha and/or other vocalists. Until we get more vocal-assisted work, enjoy “Terminal”.
SBTRKT’s 2011 debut was more than just a special album, it let the world know that bass music and pop music could overlap and intercede in exciting new fashions. Just listen to the latest LOL Boys EP for example, full of emotive vocals and an overt pop sensibility. I can’t say for sure whether Markus and Jerome are influenced by the London producer, but it sure sounds like it. SBTRKT’s latest track, “Gloss” is a blur of skittish technicolor synths and rhythms, highly reminiscent of the mood of Lone’s latest project and the structure (or lack there of) of much of Gold Panda’s work. Little snacks like “Gloss” might just satiate us as we await a followup to 2011’s SBTRKT. Stream below.
It’s been almost two weeks since we first pulled up to the cow pastures of George, WA and well, our daily lives just don’t quite contain the same excitement we experienced during those four transcendent days at the Gorge Amphitheater. Nonetheless, we take great pleasure in rehashing our adventures via set recaps and photos. Sasquatch has come and gone, but memories of dusty walks to and from the campsite, an innumerable amount of mind-blowing sets and many, many pretty lights are oh so fresh in our minds. It’s a bittersweet moment as we conclude our coverage of the very best weekend of the year, but it also means that Sasquatch is only 350-something days away. Enjoy.
We’ve been a little bit slow rolling our Sasquatch coverage out, but don’t fret, the tap is now open.
SBTRKT took the stage at 8:00 on Monday and after some disappointment over Sampha (who is as much a part of SBTRKT as Jerome is) not being at The Gorge, we settled into what would be one of the most entertaining and eclectic sets of the weekend. After witnessing the live set at Coachella, I was ready for the DJ set and Jerome took to his MPD32 with visible enthusiasm. Bestowed in his trademark mask, he proceeded to drop selections of house, garage and dubstep. Songs ranged from well known hits like Dada Life’s “Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker” to Boddika’s “Grand Prix”. On the originals front, the Drake assisted version of “Wildfire” predictably got the crowd amped, prompting the masked man to play it again towards the end of the set. “Hold On” and “Ready Set Loop” were also crowd favorites. While often light hearted (his hand seemed to get stuck on the air horn pad a few too many times), the set also functioned to introduce American fans to a number of British artists in the house and dubstep realms and was a much-needed break from the often monotonous electro and progressive house sounds that usually pervades dance tents at US festivals. The lack of Sampha took some emotion out of the set as the two usually vibe especially well in a live setting, but Jerome did more than his part as a DJ. To conclude, here is a video of Madeline and I dancing in the crowd.
Aaron Jerome, aka SBTRKT, has released a really excellent video for his already stellar song “Hold On,” from his 2011 self-titled album. Directed by Sam Pilling, the video includes dark, chilling imagery, and evokes the sense of a muddied dream sequence, complete with confounding repetition and a mysterious lack of plot explanation. Watch the video over at MTV.
Here’s a little something to brighten your Monday. SBTRKT has posted a new bonus instrumental track on his Soundcloud. The song is called “Surely,” and it’s brimming with resonant organ-heavy chords and a catchy, energetic beat. According to the artwork for the single (above), this track is being released by Young Turks. Stream it right here:
Today on Seattle’s KEXP 90.3, a new remix of SBTRKT‘s “Hold On” was premiered, supposedly created by someone named “Sisi BakBak.” However, after a little sleuthing, it appears that Sisi BakBak may in fact be Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, due to a comment made by KEXP DJ Cheryl Waters regarding the evasive remixer’s plans to play Seattle’s Key Arena in the near future. Mysterious pseudonyms, Thom Yorke, AND SBTRKT all wrapped into one? We’re all ears.
Here’s the remix, accompanied by a video directed by Sam Pilling: