Take Off, eavesdrop, bass drop, go.
Warmth and deep sea rhythms define the sound on Stereoclip’s debut release this month, Hometown. It’s a gift for those who have been following his small collection of Soundcloud songs, most of which catapulted into my lap via the same French lady who introduced me to Nicolas Jaar. Stereoclip, a Brussels-based producer happily hidden behind the catchy music alias, is out to capture the moody potential of deep techno, harmony and instrumental experimentation.
The Belgian electronic music scene doesn’t exactly have a name for itself in the way that Dutch, German and English reputations stand elite. 2manydjs/Soulwax, gøldFFinch, Pomrad and Locked Groove are among the few that American music media has taken to, but Belgium is lacking a thriving scene, buzzing collectives and due recognition for what probably only exists on a locally known platform. French label Délicieuse Records released Stereoclip’s most recent EP as well as Hometown; for this attention in Europe, we thank Délicieuse for finding and nurturing the Brussels native, stocked and flourishing in minimal rhythm mastery.
On Hometown we can find familiar piano chords, some of which could be considered signature Stereoclip tones. Deep foreign house adventure “Lost In Brussels” was remixed by French maître N’TO for the album. Mild and brushing with slithering, smokey effects, this tune is rolling in gradual vocal melodies, Spanish guitar and a lush, mountainous beat.
“Lunar” mirrors the beginnings of “Easy Field” in its shuffling, gorgeous minimalism and dependable breed of melancholy. “Shivering Sense” features his singer Joséphine Cray, a delicate addition to his dreamy musical concoctions. “Cohiba Smoker” is a jazzy smoke room doused in sax, muffled piano riff and noir imagery.
Slow, looming tempos expand into layers that reflect the depths of the electronic music genre. Stereoclip is not necessarily for a heavy dance night, but for calmer moments of engagement. Hometown is 10 tracks long, starting in the dark and opening up under brighter skies. Check it out below, buy on Beatport if you enjoy and are able: