Artist: Arts The Beatdoctor
Title: Lazy Thunder EP
Date: September 24th 2013
Format: Vinyl (White) + Digital
Written & produced by: Bas Vermolen
Mastered by: Shawn Hatfield of Audible Oddities
Artwork by: Nick Liefhebber
This new record by dutch producer Bas Vermolen aka Arts The Beatdoctor continues the trend that was already hinted at in his recent remixes: the hypnotic loops and deep atmospheres from his trademark sound stayed, but on this release the lounge area was traded in favor of the main stage. Lazy Thunder is about intriguing compositions created around found sound loops, live instrumentation, combined with harsh and aggressive sounds. A record both for the headz and the open-minded dance crowds.
Lazy Thunder is a release in true Lowriders Recordings fashion; the music defies strict genre categorization. Rather, it’s a meeting point between Beats, Bass Music and Hip-Hop, but with an attention to composition not generally associated with any of those genres.
Remixes are provided by Sam A La Bamalot and Flako.
As before, the songs are compositions rather than beats. In every track you’ll find great sensibilities in the sound design that seem to intertwine with harsh and aggressive sounds, creating a theme for the whole EP.
This holds true from opener IL404, with its 8-bit arpeggios and whipping snaresound, to the distorted Hip-Hop grooves of Moebius’ Travels. The tempo goes down for Little Brother, a slow brooding track featuring the beautiful but somehow unnerving vocals of Ella (of Dutch indiepopgroup Houses fame), to pick up again for Ghost In The Machine, which features a similar brooding character, but takes it up a notch with a raw choppy bassline and headnod-inducing offbeat drums.
Remixes come courtesy of upcoming talent Sam a la Bamalot, whose version of Moebius’ Travels explores the harmonic possibilities of the main melody in the original, and Flako, who delivers a stunning remix of IL404 with his trademark sound and vocals.
Julien Mier: Love the entangling jazzy injection on pieces as Ghost In The Machine and Moebius Travels. The fLako remix is a nice surprise!
LeFtO:into this… og’s and remixes sound great…
Ra Malone: A very atmospheric album. “Ghost In The Machine” is the track that I was amazed.
Jay Scarlett: great collection of edgy vibes! Great Sound Designed Songs with movement in great sensibilities lovely remixes by Flako & Sam A La Bamalot.
Kidkanevil: Dope Dope Dope!
DJ+: Ghost In The Machine!!!
Bareta of Glitch Mob: yay
kidkameleon: Totally Rockin. In fine form guys
Paul Pre: SICK! Thanks a lot for this EP – Full Support.
Donky Pitch: real nice vibes, both remixes are subtle but interesting takes on the originals..thanks.
Sotu the Traveller: Love this! Arts 2.0 for real, especially love Moebius’ Travels and IL404. Sam and Flako remixes are both amazing!
Frenquency: Sounding very fresh, love the dynamics within the tracks. Cheers for the promo.
Perquisite: Nice! New Arts stuff!
Tinkerbeats: A fantastic release. Ghost in the Machine is delightfully spooky!
1000names: Charismatic !
DJ Lame: Hard to pick 1 favourite. Great EP! Headnod beats and gorgeous melodies. Ghost in the Machine is a standout.
FilosofischeStilte: dope! the Ghost in the machine and the flako remix of il404 are my favorite of the ep!
Cinnaman: flako is the one for me. thanks!
Starkey: good sounding release!
Radio Scotvoid: chillin like Bobby Dylan…I dig it!!!
Pete Philly: Excited to hear new stuff from my brother Arts. Blessings, Pete.
DJ Elephantpower: so chill; nice !
Alex Laurenson (thisisluckyme): Nice ep, IL404 and its remix will get most play form me.
SubpYao Big release, taking beats to another level! Ghost In The Machine is the fav one!
Druid Cloak This is a very well textured EP, the only track i dont like is Ghost in the Machine. Love the vocal on Little Brother and the fLako remix is very strong!
Fulgeance A bit surprised about this new turn in his music style, but always some good beat skills and quality sounds – good stuff !”
Jonny Dub (Hoya Hoya) nice release, really enjoying it, flako remix Woooo!!
Kerem Gokmen (Dubmission, WYEP) Great stuff here from ATB, especially the two remixes were nice to hear for the first time. Pleased to give this much-deserved airplay.
Tim Parker (NTS Radio) very nice, i like the darker vibe of ghosts in the machine, super tight.
Tokyo Hands fluidddddd