– by Dylan Smith
From now on I’m doing a new thing. A project I’m calling Fat Pants. Project Fat Pants is pretty much going to epitomise my favourite electronic discoveries of each week. Every Sunday I’ll be featuring some of the tightest new artists I’ve chanced upon, the recent pumping events, singles and remix’s that have been dropped, and pretty much whatever influential music I’ve found that has anything in the slightest to do with the wide, girthy spectrum that is electronica. So from now on, not only will Sunday be your day of rest, it’ll also be your day of bangin’ musical discoveries.
So to start off; REAL SLOW! I don’t even know how I stumbled upon this artist’s Soundcloud but jeez I’m glad I did. Every single track REAL SLOW produces seems to have this tranquilly ethereal quality; like a less dark and much wavier Purity Ring. Listening to their musical menagerie makes me feel as though my ears are paddling in some crisp, clear water from an early 2000’s Play Station game like Spyro or something.
I would straight out recommend you download their (free) album, ‘things that remind me of you’. These 7 tracks serenely superimpose upon one another to create a refreshingly rich atmosphere, with each piece managing to deliver something peculiarly unique.
Next up you need to go and listen to TroyBoi’s mix for BBC Radio 1. If you’ve ever had the sudden urge to drop everything and just rinse out your dancing skills for, I dunno, 47 minutes straight then boy do I have the cure for your ailment buddy! TroyBoi’s jarringly dance-inducing production is in a class of its own, offering up some of the most strikingly emblematic drops out. Not often can a producer conjure a style that is so instantly recognisable yet the T-bone steak manages to do just that. Check out TroyBoi’s remix of Jack Ü’s ‘Take Ü There’ and hear me out.
Finally, on the experimental side of things we have The Books. While this group isn’t technically electronic, their take on eclectic sampling has stirred up a lot of interest for me as an aspiring producer. The American duo, primarily active in the 2000’s, produced music mostly structured around several string instruments, performed by the members themselves, and often intricately layered with obscure speech and dialogue sampled from cassette tapes. Interesting, huh? I suggest putting aside 40 minutes from your day and listening to the ‘Thought for Food’ album. If you’re in the right headspace, it will blow you away.