Thriftworks aka Jake Atlas just put out a FREE ep called, Hydromancy. I don’t even know where to begin with this review. I’m the biggest Thriftworks fan boy out there. If you were to ask me who are my favorite producers making music today are, I’d answer Thriftworks every time. Jake puts out a quality of music that is completely unmatched. Originality is one of the biggest things I push and Jake never disappoints. He is one of the poster children of Glitch Hop today. He mixes downtempo weird vibes with traditional hip-hop style. The product is always lush mellow beats that take you through emotional journeys of sound.
One of the things that stands out to me the most on this EP is the use of an MC on Die Gracefully ft. DH the Mythicalifornian. Jake has used vocals before but never as clean as this. DH vocals add that depth to the track that is often forgotten. I’m usually not a fan of male MC vocals but this track is taken to another level with such a smooth verse. The rest of the EP sounds like extensions of all of Thriftworks previous releases. I will say out of all his previous releases this one is the most experimental. I also can’t applaud Jake enough for getting super weird on this EP. It’s a dance floor market out there and it’s not very often you see producers experimenting with such ambient downtempo soundscapes.
If it were up to me I’d love to see more artist move in this direction. There’s a lot of music out there that is left unheard due to the mellow tones that are neglected by mass media. This EP should be listened to when you can kick back and enjoy a full experience. All you producers who are reading this. Take notes and remember that balance is key. Making club bangers can be fun and enjoyable but remember how much can be conveyed when you forget about popularity and focus on deeper messages with sound. Thriftworks is a prime example that it’s possible to succeed as an artist making weird music.
I recommend you ALL to download this and be sure to check out the rest of his music.
Enjoy the weird revolution! Also look out for his collab EP with Russ Liquid.
I’ve heard some of the tracks this summer during some of their solo sets and WHOA.