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This week's Moment of Zen is inspired by all things "Chill." So sit back, relax and be inspired to learn a thing or two from this new adventure in the soothing sounds of EDM...say what? Keep reading and enjoy your MOMENT OF ZEN!


EDM (Electronic Dance Music) has been around before the invention of Atari in Europe and since its evolution, EDM's waves are finally crashing tsunami style here in The States.  The whole genre of EDM has a variety of forms. Its more than just fist pumping beats for "bros" with tats and hats and glow stick girls with silver dollar eyes.  Yes, EDM conventions like the Winter Music Conference have been trying to educate America for years. Coachella's Sahara Tent was a major draw and a highlight, whose performers and line up should have reached hologram Tupac levels of notoriety. Look for more EDM only lineups at clubs popping up all over SXSW 2013's line up this year.

While dubstep DJ's and their army re-mixers are the shiny new dance chart toy of the moment…some of EDM artists who have evolved with EDM from it's roots have taken it to a more palpable even beautiful level, like SBTRKT. (Pronounced: subtract).

SBTRKT takes a more calm and purposeful approach to EDM similar to some of its architects like Massive Attack and Everything But The Girl. He, (Yes, its one dude) incorporates dubstep subtitles, world music atmospheres and colabos with a new crop of singers like Little Dragon, who weaves Tracy Thorn, Sade and early Mary J Blige in her vocals.

SBTRKT was born out of London based DJ and musician, Aaron Jerome's, desire to separate himself from his earlier all-over-the –place works ranging from folky acou guitar ballads to dubstep club remixes. But it wasn't until Jerome remixed Little Dragon's "Twice" and took a haunting piano song and added a unique electronic touch that increased the song's atmospheric quality, his lane was found and SBTRKT was born.

Even when performing as SBTRKT, Jerome always wears an African mask to keep his anonymity. Speaking about his split personality, he says "I'd rather not talk about myself as a person, and let the music speak for itself. The name SBTRKT is me taking myself away from that whole process. I'm not a social person, so having to talk to DJs to make them play a record is not something I want to do. It's more about giving them a record as an anonymous person and seeing whether they like it or not. If they play it, they play it."

SBTRKT definitely doesn't try for commercial success, it strives for something deeper than the shallowness of EDM songs that have made it on the to the radio and is why its this weeks. Moment of Zen.

Till next time!

Chris Moradi


MORADI'S FRESH CUTS:

SBTRKT "Hold On" uses African thumb piano, chill beats and amazing vocals by Sampha who also helped produce the track. Great to listen to for a Sunday morning brunch or if your looking for that "W" lobby vibe at home.

SBTRKT "Wildfire" – The first single released from SBTRKT's debut album was an underground hit in the UK and features vocals from Little Dragon.

 

Check out some of the music also mentioned in this piece:

Little Dragon "Twice" (Aaron Jerome Remix) – The track that got it all started for SBTRKT

Little Dragon "Twice" (original mix) – check out the difference Jerome makes from the original.

Everything But The Girl "Big Deal"- One of the original Electronic music artists

Massive Attack "Teardrop" - ummmm yeah


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