As beginnings go this week has already seen some promising releases, and another worthy mention is the ‘pay what you like’ sample album from a group of musicians who go by the name of Cadence Collective.
Now, you most likely will have never heard of any of the artists in the group all being relatively unknown, but this sample album has got us here at About To Blow hypnotized.
The production and quality of the music is outstanding. To get the most out of it make sure your are wearing high quality headphones or listening with something better then laptop speakers or god-awful iPod headphones.
On the groups soundcloud they state ‘Cadence Collective is a group of artists & friends who strive to create, and spread positive energy. Community over competition.’Every track on this sampler sticks to this mantra and offers a variety of sounds and genres with each act supplying two tracks.
Up first is ‘Cascade’ by Bearcubs, hailing from Brighton Bearcubs set the tone with the opener. Disjointed vocals and summery chords, the track comes into its own when the bassline kicks around the 2:30 mark.
Sticking to their seaside heritage ‘Home’ opens with the sound of the ocean and drops into a bass heavy beat and gentle samples. The whole sound of Bearcubs is very reminiscent of Gold Panda, which is never a bad thing.
Following on from Bearcubs is fellow Brighton producer Cube-face with ‘Drop’. The track opens with soft chords and a huge soundscape very much a late night vibe or early-hours of the morning track. As the name suggests the drop is sublime with deep bass pulsating under haunting vocals. ‘Tell me’ also has the same huge soundscape and here it would be very easy to compare Cube-face’s work with a certain faceless producer, particularly when the two-step beat kicks. But we won’t mention that, too early to compare…
The two acts form Brighton are then joined by two acts from New York. Kruisemode injects an element of Funk into the sampler, ‘Acceptance’ features big Bootsy Collins-esque funk bass and smooth vocals. ‘New Species’ still has a funky vibe but with a more electronic feel and check the sweet beat on the outro.
Fellow New Yorker m∞n joins the party with a scratchy start to ‘Sleep Aid’ that is met with guitar and a hip-hop beat. Following on is ‘Om’ a laid back track with big sub bass and a hypnotic feel. Very chilled indeed.
Rounding off the album is Oxford based Theo Bass. ‘Mr Stellakis’ starts of with dark keys and builds with a complex beat, guitar and a suggestion of vocals. Harmonic and intricate the beat alone deserves recognition. The final track on the album is ‘JAB’ which again is complex but more moody then ‘Mr Stellakis’ with a muffled bass, beat and stretched vocal patches. Making for very interesting listening.
Overall it is a very strong sample album, good variation of music and all very chilled. Its available on a ‘pay what you like’ basis on the groups Band Camp site. So if you want to you can cop it for free, but we feel it deserves more then that. All artist featured could go far and we will keep a close eye on them in the future.
Recommend for fans of; Four Tet, Burial, Gold Panda, Hiatus and Ifan Dafydd.
The sampler is now available from the link below.