Artist Spotlight | Wet Paint

This year has already had it’s belt notches. Can you walk us through some or all thus far?

The biggest thing for us so far this year was the release of our EP with Otodayo Records. Limitless, the single, was the first song we’ve ever released that didn’t rely heavily on a sample­based arrangement. We constructed each sound from synths or one­shots and had a genius collaborative duo called Willdabeast help out with some trumpet and flute.

One of my favourite Q’s. How has your base city influenced your sound?

Halifax is a small city with a pretty dedicated crowd of people who like to jam out; not many other performers/producers make sounds similar to ours, really. We just want people to get down with us and to keep breathing life into the scene.

Recently we put on our very first “event” in collaboration with Hart Surf Co. and brought in DEAD HORSE BEAST (Mtl) ­ the show sold out so it was pretty energizing and inspirational for us to continue moving forward in creating music and a scene of our own.

What are your top spots to party and or chill to music at in Halifax?

The Seahorse, The Marquee, and Reflections are probably our top spots around here. This is a bar town interspersed with some top 40 clubs here and there, but these three are really keeping the scene alive for all types of genres and musicians.

Your beginnings in Electronic music, be it CD’s or parties, what thing(s) took you there?

We began as musicians with a huge range of interests, eventually delving into old soul and funk records that hip­hop artists in the 90s and early 2000s cut up and used for their beats. J Dilla, the RZA, Just Blaze, People Under the Stairs, etc., seemed to find these old records that they must have grown up listening to and then spun them in their own way.

Eventually artists like RJD2 and DJ Shadow started to move from this into trip­hop, and then artists like Pretty Lights and Gramatik started a bridge between electronic music and hip­hop. Hearing this progression we just thought, “we need to get into this.”

What were your listening habits in order of genre that brought you to Electro Soul / Future Funk?

As for current artists, some definite influences and people we look up to include The Glitch Mob, Pretty Lights, GRiZ, Big Gigantic, Michal Menert, The Noisy Freaks, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields and so on.

As for funk and soul artists from the past there’s an extensive list: OV Wright, James Brown, David Ruffin, Betty Wright, Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, Bobby Womack, Joe Simon, Al Green, Gil Scott­Heron, Muddy Waters, Lonnie Liston Smith, Donald Byrd, Ann Peebles, Martha Vandella, Mahalia Jackson, Gladys Knight, Marion Williams… we could go on all day.

On the subject of Future Funk. What do you see in the genres future? Any predictions? It’s kind of the perfect mid way between New Disco and them Future beats.

As for Future Funk/Electro Soul, the concept of live instrumentation and big band performance is something we’d both love to see and do ourselves for the future. Also, and this is definitely on our minds for our own music, using less samples and getting that live instrumentation into the studio. Horn sections, string sections, vocalists, keyboards, percussion, anything and everything to try and emulate that live feel in recordings.

Maybe the most important in Wet Paint’s history, how did you meet and begin the duo?

We met sometime in 2012 after a friend suggested we meet up and take a crack at some production since we were both familiar with Ableton as a DAW. We messed around with the opening riff from Curtis Mayfield’s “Give Me Your Love” and created something that, at the time, we thought had some great potential. Looking back on it, it wasn’t a great mix and a little uninspired, but the chemistry was there.

In the city’s scene, one seldom heard from (at least it feels like), who are the movers and shakers you move and shake with?

Some great acts from around here that deserve all kinds of recognition include The Mellotones, The Wayo, Elephants in Trouble, Scientists of Sound, Dub Kartel, Quake Matthews, DJ IV, Ghettosocks, and anyone else who’s out here keeping Halifax on the map. Additional shout outs to the homie from Montreal, DEADHORSEBEATS.

What is in store for the remaining larger part of 2k15??

For the remainder of this year we’re going to hit the festival circuit again, as well as hopefully check out some new destinations as audience members. Pemberton in B.C., Lightning in a Bottle in Cali, Governor’s Ball in NY seem like great spots this year.

As for our music we’ll be continuously releasing music with a laidback RNB/Hip­Hop EP in the short­term and some Future Soul bangers later on in the year. To all those who’ve been showing us love we hugely appreciate it and look forward to keep giving you more

As Canadians how do you feel about the Tim Hortons / Burger King merger?

Haha. Great question. Reminds me of a piece that a student of NSCAD University made while I was attending there.

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I have no qualms with Tim Hortons ­ I would even go so far as to say that I enjoy it from time to time (their B.E.L.T moreso than their coffee. Boston cream donuts rule too). I’m a bit confused about the Burger King merger because even as far as fast food goes, I don’t really think they do a great job. How does one sell 10 chicken nuggets for $1.50 CAD? It just makes me super uneasy.

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Future Classics Mix vol 60 | Mixed by Dev79

Dev79 has been a cultural curator at the forefront of Street Bass for a long time now. Almost a generational figurehead for the co-led genre push with Starkey aka Stark Bot. The Philadelphia native and co-head of the Seclusiasis label and has appeared as a guest on nearly outlet’s mix series to further push the sounds of Phili’s underground. We are incredibly happy to have him featured now at long last in our mix series for #FCMV60. Complex UK also picked up the 160/80 bpm mix in their best mixes of the week roundup.

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Memoryy – Eternal Sunshine

This mid-February weather’s been getting everyone down. I think we could all use a pick-me-up of one form or another.

Today I bring to you an artist that caught my eye very recently by the name of Memoryy. Though not on my usual playlist rinse, the dude obviously has a knack for creating catchy pop one-liners and melodies that could calm a hyena. For fans of Toro Y Moi and other cult classic synth heroes, his unforgettable melodies will hit you in the sweet spot just in time for the turn of the season into Summer.

You owe it to yourself to check out this beauty new tune by our dude – don’t forget to cop the free download and show him some love next time you see him charting on the Hype Machine.

Here it is, his newest single, “Eternal Sunsshine“.

Adventure Club – Wonder (Giordani Remix)


The East Coast has some huge tunes rolling through – this week, we’ll be highlighting one of my personal favourites just incase you haven’t been following along for the ride up until this point.

Tyler Giordani boasts a wide arrangement of capabilities in the studio production process and on the DJ stage. Huge sounds up and down from the kid.

His most recent effort, a surprisingly luscious remix of an EDM allstar name – Adventure Club – hits us with his signature wall-of-orgasmic-sound type aesthetic. If you’re a fan of GANZ, Flume, or any other wavey-vibez type sound, you’re going to be a fan of this, for sure.

Make sure to cop the free download!

Check his remix of XXYYXX’s About You, released a few months ago, as well:

Find more by Giordani on his socials:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/giordanibeats

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/giordanibeats

Premiere: VYGR1 – This is What Happens


No doubt the many of us are just peeling ourselves off our pillows or floors after a star studded night of red carpet Grammy’s. The creme de la creme of celebrity status in the comfort of your own home, from the indent of your own couch. People just can’t control themselves. Pffft, the best thing abbot the event was the amount of breasts about to jump out made for a great night ;)

Kanye was there, but he unlike the rest had a current connection with the common folk in the news around him. His offering an entry level position to a random Joe who rapped for him on the street. That’s something people can relate to, a storey of an aspiring reaching a goal. Which brings me to the premiere of Denver”s own VYGR1’s latest in his Future Bass arsenal. A relatively new beginning for the artist already with steady footing in large hitting compositions FC is all about. Free download for the masses.

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Kid Atlaas – Fragments

I’ve been posting a lot of beats out of France recently, and there’s a reason for that… French producers fucking slay. Here’s record label Cosmonostro on Fragments, “a look inside the musical mind of Kid Atlaas — one of Europe’s most promising up-and-coming beatsmiths”:

The scope of this record is outstanding, from piano chops that’ll pull at your heartstrings to subs that’ll expose your most disgusted screwface, interspersed with interludes you’ll want to last for days. Opening with the warm crackly tones of dusty wax, ‘Winter Is Coming’ sets a laidback & blunted mood that defines the Kid Atlaas sound. Otherworldly voices drift in and out throughout the EP, most notable on ‘We Shall Overcome’ with a certain famous speech by a certain civil rights figure demonstrating that conscious hip hop with its positive morality is far from dead. The epic closer ‘Make Love In Outer Space’ opens with blissed out synthwork, blasting off into the ruffest drum beat you’re likely to hear this side of the stratosphere before gently easing you back down to earth, bewildered and ready to go right back for more. This is one of those rare records that you’ll have on loop without it ever sounding stale, with each listen more rewarding than the last.

Kid Atlaas passed away last year, but he lives on through the people who continue to discover and appreciate the music that he left behind.

Kid Atlaas
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Teem – Proof Of You (Whaleskin Remix)


Tasty treat time from one who may have just been born in the wrong era. Dare this be called Disco revival? Or New Disco? Rather just Disco, pure 80’s influence fully capable of popping out a perm from one’s dome piece. Support for quality reasoning, plus Canadian artist reasoning. Also, help this bae chart!

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Premiere: Heartwreck – Back Yo


Align your root chakra with the homegirl Heartwreck. Our latest and most frequent internet connect in the game. Her production tends toward the Mid Tempo and internet influence but doesn’t stop there. Fusion is her beat kitchens theme. ‘Back Yo’ is the first piece of a bigger cake soon to come, and her tone set for 2k15. Get your spiritual ish on and crunk in unison.

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Simon Field – Gravity House Edit ft. Easton Davis

 

Want to feel like the most fabulous of drag queens on the most fabulous of catwalks? I know I always do.

Queue up this house edit from Simon Field, a Norwegian producer who has worked on audio teams for American TV shows including Californication.

For this track he’s collaborated with Londoner Easton Davis, whose backup vocal credits include Queen, George Michael, and David Bowie.

Keep it late-night and glittery, friends.

Find Simon Field on the web at www.simonfield.no and on Instagram, Soundclound, and Facebook as simonfieldofficial.

 

ProleteR – Rookie EP

Electro-swing (or swing-hop) saw a huge rise in popularity over the course of 2014. Any fans of the jazzy emerging genre should get to know the name ProleteR (if they haven’t already). Hailing from Toulouse, France, this producer/beatmaker has this to say about his music:

“You can download, share and use all my stuff as background music for free as long as you keep it non-profit, and that you credit me with links to my pages. Thanks!”

You heard that right, friends – everything ProleteR puts out is free to download! Show your support of the artist – find him on Soundcloud, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Premiere: Kanye West – Only One feat. Paul McCartney (Volknor Remix)


The follow up to ‘Yeezus’ has been staved off by singles and production credits for nearly a year now. In a suprise drop this past December Ye released a personal song about his daughter North West. All keys, no drums, and the ever so tear jerking auto tune sangin’. Kim says it makes her cry every time she listens to it, which sounds like a lot :'( On the flip side of the fame pyramid Detroit based Ethan Garcia aka Volknor stripped it of much of the personal lyrics making a tad more workable into what is now, frankly, a future banger. Drums and heavy synth work bring it out of KKW’s cold dead eyes and into the earbuds of the populus. The only thing better in the original is how black Kanye says “smile” .

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Future Classics | #TakeOverTuesdays | PRIME

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Beginning in February Future Classics will be sponsoring the Dallas Texas based #TakeOverTuesdays by PRIME @ The Red Light Lounge. Every second week we will be hosting a live set from the weeks party on our Soundcloud. The whole point of the operation to extend the reach of each artist in a feature manner.

Mark or alarm the second month of 2k15 as it’s just around the corner. There’s no reason to sleep on the winter of the new year like a coward bear. Stay up and keep in touch with FC and PRIME on the socials below.

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