BC#9 – Aquasonica @JasonBakes1 (Album Review)
Now i am sure your all aware of our association with american producer BC#9 by now but if not let me give you a quick introduction to the production mastermind that is the creative genius of Jason Bakes. Jason started off his career as a guitarist for the band Thin White Line and worked with many inspirational and legendary rock/punk artists and bands before making the progression onto drum and bass and electronica production.
This album is a landmark in his production career as it marks great success both on a PERSONAL level for Jason and on a professional level as his fan bass continues to gain followers and grow with every coming day. One thing i would like to note about Jason is he is a very emotion based producer. In the short time i have known him i am yet to hear him create a piece of music that has been made for the sake of it, by that i mean every track although the majority have no vocals, tell a story and a struggle with a form of emotion unique to that piece of production.
A Perfect example of this is the title track “Going On” which was produced at a very powerful and life defining moment in the history of Jason’s career. After a 2 year period of RECOVERING from a brain aneurysm that left Jason without the use of both his arms, this track was created with the release of emotion and stress he had overcome in the previous months and years. The first thing you notice about this track is the beautiful, atmospheric and almost self motivating synths that induce a trance like state that really make you go on a personal journey whilst listening. This is perfectly complimented by the rolling drum beat that drops in around 25 seconds into the track also with the addition of a transfixing almost haunting vocal chant of the word “going on”. This is a track to put on at maximum volume as you kick back after a long week at work to express the feeling that im sure most of you feel each week that you are just “going on” continuing with your day to day duties and routines.
Another notable compliment of this album is that Jason has not tried to make music in similar style to any of his influences. I review a lot of albums for the website and 8 out of every 10 albums i receive sound like cloned copies of the artists that influenced the music. Jason however gracefully breaks free of this bracket and brings a fresh OUTLOOK on the art of production. This is apparent as i listen to the track “Plat Numb Night Crawler” with the track starting off with soft, waving synths and a nice subtle liquid drum and bass percussion line. The track also has almost gospel sounding synth chords in the breaks between drum patterns and samples that takes me back to the early days and careers of SPY, Danny Byrd, High Contrast and the rising of the UK’s liquid drum and bass scene. Yet again this track would be perfect for maximum relaxation, just press play and sit back with a beer whilst the music takes you on a sonic audio journey through the mind of Jason Bakes.
iTunes – Plat Numb Night Crawler
A haunting and dramatic change for the album comes into play as the track “Night Stalker” drops in with its curiosity inducing intro and attention grabbing percussion. Night Stalker almost sounds like the perfect theme tune to a mystery based thriller in which no one is safe but clues will eventually lead to a realization of the culprit. I can almost positively guarantee the little riff in this track will stick in your head for hours after you have listened to it and not in a bad way what so ever.
Liquid Blue is a more uptempo, head bobbing track that instantly makes you want to get up and dance around the room. I challenge anyone to listening to this song and not smile as its foot tapping drum pattern starts to make your limbs and body become automatically influenced by the song and its emotion. With some thoughtful and suggestion synths in place but leaving the drum pattern as the main element, this track is one of my PERSONAL favorites from the album.
This brings me to the shining star of the album, the Mona Lisa of BC#9’s production career thus far. A brilliantly constructed and almost industrial sounding track by the name of “Aquasonica”. During its 3 minutes and 52 second of climatic audio pleasure it twists and turns along many different infrastructures of the liquid drum and bass genre. One minute its rolling nice a fluent taking you upon the waves of thoughtful atmospherics and then without warning the drum pattern begins to become a bit more Jungle influenced and almost South American carnival themed. If i had to liken this track to any other artist i would compare it to the styles of DJ Marky and his southern american influenced liquid drum and bass.
iTunes – Aquasonica Another defining moment on the album is the final track “Dirty Talk” featuring Jason’s wife on vocal duties. This tune is another smooth roller with a very sassy and seductive feel to it but still with enough clout to get you up on your feet and dancing. A nice stomping sample is present as the track plays through taking you on yet another audio journey throughout the mind of this world class producer.
All in all this album is an AUDIBLE masterpiece that can take you on an emotionally pleasing journey from your desk office at work straight into the sunny skyline of the Bahamas. As well as beign pleasing to the lsitener this release is also a personal landmark for us and Jason as we have been closely involved in the albums making from providing pre release promotion to having our producers So Real Sounds help with the mastering of the tracks. We wish nothing but good luck upon Jason and his crew of merry music makers along the journey that this album is sure to bring and we stand alongside to help in every which way that we can.
MAIN RELEASES PURCHASE LINKS –
Plat numb Night Crawler – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/plat-numb-night-crawler-single/id886003042
Aquasonica Album – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/aquasonica-ep/id894715614 1-976-
Going On on Spring Tube’s compilation – it will be available everywhere September 17.
All songs mastered by Martin Grant of London, England https://www.facebook.com/marvmanproductions. Contact Martin directly for your own mastering needs !!