– Mary Anne Hobbs“Gorgeous”
– FaltyDL“This EP is stunning, i think it sounds beautiful.”
– Alexander Nut“this is great. loads of atmosphere! & the artwork is sick!”
– Floating Points"I really like Splash"
– Hudson Mohawke“This is a great release…very special...”
– Architeq“Vibes that I dig…”
– Mono/Poly“I love this.”
– Mr Beatnick“much gratitude for sending this my way! gorgeous gorgeous sounds.”
– Shlohmo“nice one… been listening to the promo all evening... peace”
– Dorian ConceptThis is
Seven track mini album, the product of an 18 month collaboration between LA based beatmaker Teebs
and UK producer Jackhigh
, and is already attracting serious praise from some esteemed figures.It is made in this way
Back in the day, London
based Jackhigh had already been featured as 17 year old on the genre-defining Beatnicks
EPs from Up My Alley
label and started to get involved in collaborations, producing remixes and so on, while an equally young Teebs found himself living in LA
with Flying Lotus
for flatmates. As Teebs remembers it, Jackhigh put a snippet of a tune he liked on Myspace and Teebs asked him to send it over. “I flipped it, sent it back. He added strings, sent it back to me again. I flipped it again”
. And so it continued, in a slow organic way, loops becoming processed and degraded and altered and added to, and tracks slowly
The first piece to come out of this process was Clutch
, also the first track on the record, and the first to ever get a public hearing as part of Flying Lotus’ legendary Essential Mix for BBC ESSENTIAL MIX.
in November 2008 (voted the best Radio 1 mix of the year).
Over time a total of seven tunes emerged. These tracks were produced in a unique way: they never existed as arrangements laid out in software on someone’s computer, only as a single stereo file, passed to and fro, and endlessly worked and tweaked and eroded.
The resulting tracks are musical archaeology: a bit of distortion that crept in there, a digital blip here, becomes encoded, processed, incorporated into the tune. What’s remarkable is how coherent the whole record actually sounds, given the lengthy long-distance process and the fact that to this day Teebs & Jackhigh have never met
This is truly a mini-album, an opus. All the pieces fit together like variations on a theme, and the record has a unique hazy, waterlogged sound: organic aquarelle nostalgia, simultaneously happy and sad. Sonically it’s as much connected to the compressed blessed out worlds of Toro y Moi
and Washed Out
as it is glitchier beatmakers such as Hud Mo
or Dorian Concept
.Teebs & Jackhigh - The Tropics EP (Svetlana Industries, SVET002), spring 2010
3. Comes to mind
7. Tropicsan page on official label's site for this releaseTeeb's myspacePage for Jackhigh