It always happens, I get sucked into a genre and can listen to nothing but it for weeks on end. This usually ends with my brain melting and believing that I've genuinely damaged my frontal lobe. So was the way recently when I realised I'd been jamming to house solidly for 2 months. I was ready to chuck my headphones away when I came across this kid from Berlin...
It started out, much like most of my lazy afternoons do, with an extended trawling through bandcamp to see what was out there. A few tired hiphop outfits and a Japanese techno swing outfit appeared out of the woodwork, but there's only so much you can take of that sort of saccharine shit.
It was then, just as I least expected it, I found it. It being "Synesthesia EP", the first full length release by Artem.
The eponymous opening track was like a crystal clear sea, washing away the garbage. Hints of Timeless era Goldie came through. A spacey trip into what Artem calls "Sounds From The Future", and I was lost as looked over the Saronic golf from my apartment on the island of Poros.
Before I knew it I was half way through the album, thinking, "damn! I need to hear more from this kid." A quick search told me that he's launching his next album in a couple of weeks, so I got in touch and got a little sneak peak from the new album.
Artem - Coffee With Chords
Having left the dark and introspective funk that seemingly inspired the "Synesthesia EP", Artem has taken a change of pace on this one. Rather than slow, broody atmospherics, we're going intercontinental. Still heavy on the synths, rather than the never ending waves slowly breaking the land, we're treated to coke party funky house and RnB jams.
You'll feel like your at a party in Miami, shirt popped open, vibing in the sunshine, surrounded by scantily clad women and tracksuit wearing men.
There's no 'genre' per se, as Artem continues to explore the 'Sounds of the future'. We're taken from after party to club night, to trap track back to pouting RnB.
Collabing with Houston rising star Edikan again, Artem introduces us to L.A. based singer/songwriter Just Matthew whose vocals are soon to be heard everywhere, the selections are on point with their simple, soulful sounds.
Sure to be a jam that stays in your car all summer long, it's just a couple of days until the albums launched and you can grab your full length version!
Artem – Coffee With Chords
2. Beverly Hills (feat. Just Matthew) [He's an artist from L.A.]
3. Hold You Down
4. Serenity (feat. Edikan) [Houston based artist who I have worked with in the past]
6. Drown In Your Eyes
7. Vida Noturna
8. Minimum (feat. Just Matthew)
9. Last Night In LA
10. Champagne (feat. Edikan)
11. Window Seat