REVIEW: Jacques Greene – The Look EP
Keeping ones ﬁnger on the pulse of today’s dexterous music scene is a time-sponging, even arduous task. Yet such diligence sporadically uncovers sparks of creative vision that would otherwise languish in the ether. With Sepalcure’s latest XLR8R mix pounding through the speakers, a choppy vocal sample paired to a sumptuous bassline creeps in, immediately catching my attention. The track in question is The Look by Canadian producer Jacques Greene, who notes 90s garage and Chicago house as reference points when composing music in a loft space overlooking Mile End.
Upon sampling The Look EP, slated for release on Glaswegian label LuckyMe on 29th November, it struck me how effective the use of analogue synths and drum machines have been in crafting a sound that’s true to its roots. It retains an energetic feel that’s subtle in context but doesn’t struggle to create a deep, effortless groove. The highlight for me is Good Morning, with a measured beat sublimely complementing a warm, rhythmic piano part that makes it impossible to resist a cheeky bedroom boogie.
01. The Look
02. Good Morning
03. Holdin’ On
04. Tell Me
The release doesn’t aspire to stand out as experimental our ostentatious, instead it nails those key elements to accentuate its natural energy. And I know that Sepalcure certainly wonʼt be the last to throw Jacques Greene into the mix.