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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Take ~ "Only Mountiain" out now on Alphapup
So if y'all don't know about Take (aka Sweatson Klank), you need to get ON that shit. He's a glitch-hop-tronica/beat music producer based here in L.A., and he is a MASTER of textures. Sort of like Flying Lotus and co. but with more of a focus on his own sort of brilliant, layered production style rather than the hazy, bassy, and equally awesome production more characteristic of Monsieur Lotus. But that doesn't make it any less badass. It's the sounds he coaxes out of his instruments, then how brilliantly he layers them; that's what really impresses me about this guy. "Space Funk" is how XLR8R characterized his sound, and I'm inclined to agree.
He's come out with a new album ("Only Mountain," on Alphapup Records), and it is neat as hell. You can purchase it here (via Bleep.com, because they pay their artists more than Apple does, and it's the same price), and I suggest you do, rather than simply pirating it. There is so much effort evident in his work, and it's worth the $10.00, believe me.
He's been giving his single "Neon Beams" away for free all around, you can listen to and cop it here (via XLR8R).
And as a bonus, I'll post the track of his that caught my ear in the first place (a remix of flylo from the seminal L.A. EP series); esp. the beat and how he staggers the handclaps; they're never just on the 2 and 4, and he surprises you with each one. That's what got me about the album, aside from how brilliantly layered it is: the drum programming is innovative and refreshingly unrepetetive (as far as beat music goes). And they all WORK, that's the thing; he doesn't do it just to show off how different he's trying to be. Anyway, without further ado: