EP: Blacksmif - Hoop Dreams / Microweight // BlahBlahBlah
House // Bass // Jazz // Electronica
Today has been a joyous day for posting music from producers or labels of which we're firm fans and this one is no exception. London producer Blacksmif delivers his latest EP today, released on the omnipresent blog/party/label collective Blah Blah Blah.
The double side release kicks off with 'Hoop Dreams', a track that with every listen will uncover something new buried beneath the layers. It opens with a percussive groove, a hard-edged beat and an oscillating, hypnotic synth. The intro evolves into an eruptive peak before simmering to allow the beat to take hold. Soulful vocal chops intercept throughout the expertly layered track, which is arranged in to mini segments of peaks and drops that rise and pulsate with an almighty sonic energy.
The thing that's noticeable about Yemi's production is his knack for setting you free from the mundanity of the everyday - a powerful trait for someone to convey through music. He manages to elevate the spirit and direct it through the journey of his production; it's a stellar expedition and an all out stoner's dream.
B-side 'Microweight' was played by Mary Anne Hobbs on XFM, someone who's favoured his production for a good few months. It's a house track with a difference. The soulful, tribal melody possesses the body to groove and much like the first track it transcends the boundaries of physical being. Mystery disperses through jazzy horns and such-like instrumentation, of which you'll find features in all of the producer's releases thus far.
In a time when the house music scene is becoming saturated and ultimately defined by a few major players, it's music like this that pushes originality and reignites the notion of electronic music production as more than something achieved with machines.