Montreal Producer JPolo Wants You to 'Be Water'
JPolo presents us one way to 'smoothly' stray away from trap with Aquahub, his new self-released EP. It did not take long for me to enjoy the refreshing sounds of JPolo. Here is why:
Though JPolo is using the kinds of kicks & snares you might hear in over-the-top, bass-driven contemporary hip-hop music, his use of the 808 and synth sounds is more elegant (similar to how Vondelpark charmed us with the wonderful album Seabed earlier this year). The arrangements are well-structured and appealing.
There is something 'vaporwavey' about Aquahub (reminiscent of music released by Beer on the Rug for example), but only on the surface. The music does not limit itself to 'being wavey' and brings together element from smooth jazz (nothing wrong with that), r&b and, of course, instrumental hip-hop.
What is most impressive about JPolo is that he is a fairly unknown producer with very little online exposure. That however may change. The Aquahub EP is available via Bandcamp. Dive in.
Last week, Death Grips vocalist MC Ride (Stefan Burnett) posted an incredible selection of morbid acrylic paintings on his website. This was followed up with the chaotic new single titled, Hot Head. It's unclear if these two are related or if Hot Head will be on the upcoming Bottomless Pit release, but you can listen to the single below and decide for yourself. Get noided. A free download of Hot Head is also available from this link.
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