Russ Liquid releases “In Love” on Lowtemp Record Label founded by Gramatik and it’s his creation of love through sound structure and design ignited by real life events which triggered inspiration to create a soulful, jazzy, funky, groovy, and uplifting feel which is all set in his original downtempo and bass vibe. Russ Liquid has been gaining a rapid momentum in the West Coast Bass music scene as a true innovator, and he will continue to stand out as both an eclectic producer and a passionate multi-instrumentalist (trumpet and flute). This release is different yet similar to his previous releases, Promises and Foreign Frequency, where they are more consistent of deep purple bass lines and more ghostly soundscapes. One thing that really remained the same is his signature downtempo bass style, my favorite. In Love reveals an importance of change through sound and experimentation that is inevitable in today’s electronic music scene. He’s like the sound version of Pablo Picasso, a futuristic colorful splash of genre-bending soundscapes; a seeker of depth and meaning. I discovered Russ Liquid during end of 2011/beginning of 2012 and was immediately drawn to his style. His intricate sound design, style, and continuous suspense and mystery illuminates an endless escape within sounds into unknown discoveries. Months later, I met Russell Scott during the Summer of 2012 while hosting a co-production collaboration I was a part of, and his personality blends with his music – a very upbeat, compassionate, and creative artist who’s always down for adventure.
In Love consists of 15 experimental creations of genre bending sounds made possible through his creative spark: DANCE Allegro, DRK KNIGHT, Freezer, How Long, Feral Cat, Twisted, The Way You Make Me Feel, NYC Blue, Sweetest Taboo, Peaker, Speedster, Thug Baby (ft. Freddy Todd), Chillian, With Love, and Acid for Wagner (featuring Thriftworks). DANCE Allegro is a journey into another language, an allegro and upbeat jazzy vibe that will soothe your ear drums. West Coast r&b flow is present and tags along well with the spacey and groovy melody. Fancy and rhythmic instrumentation creates echoes of cloud wonders heard through the high and mid pitched lyric – an exquisite taste of sound and element mixture. DRK KNGHT changes the style up and reveals Russ Liquid’s experimental and diverse outlook. With the 808 beat and snare incorporation, he ties in numerous bass waveforms to create a symphonic journey of sound. With suspenseful twists of beats, xylophonic triggers, and laser bass, the fluidity gives off otherworldly energy, and snare melody adds to the suspension. Mysteriously fusing fancy and rhythmic beats, he creates a spooky and lively vibe that will trigger new thought. Freezer is a luscious wave of ear candy. Synthesizer heaven can be heard across the entire track, as elements of all kinds flow along with it. Liquid bass grooves brighten up the feeling of love, a future jazz odyssey. This electricity of fresh frequencies, especially through brass (trumpet) instrumentation will make you feel as if you’re floating on Cloud 9.
How Long tells the story of the importance of patience through the craving sound texture that is exposed. A more downtempo feel is present, a longing feeling is revealed through the vocals and can be felt as you hear lyrical callings: “So.. Long…”. Eerie melodies and clicks make it an experimental trigger of inspiration. Feral Cat is a sexy and psychedelic journey through a sonic waterfall experience in a space-jungle adventure. The introduction is seductive and smooth as you hear initial flute instrumentation. A very melodic and enchanting beat is created and syncs up well with low tone synth. Lyrical drones of “Running” is then heard through the voice of a gentle and beautiful sounding female, a lingering feel. Mid way through, a low tempo groove gives off a deeper and more sentimental vibe. Twisted is enchanting as melodic bell beats strike the intro. Bass growls and liquid wurbbles create a flexible feel of many moods. A very rhythmic thematic soundscape will nurture the higher self. Tempos are brilliantly twisted into magical scenic feels as Russ incorporates his live trumpet. Soon after, a psychedelic journey of never before heard composition is revealed ultimately setting him apart from others. His style is very distinct and forward thinking. The Way You Make Me Feel is a love touch to the heart. Vocalizations of the song title are sang in a low temp textures, an r&b effect. This chill trap electronic vibe will invigorate and give you the freshest chills. Silky bass lines and glitch crescendos blend well with trumpet effects, a true harmony.
NYC Blue is another downtempo and synth festivity. Synthesizers make up the theme of this track as his uniquely structured melodies dive into multiple shades of the color blue – a dive into the ocean, where Ocean Jasper is found – a healing touch. Sweetest Taboo is the sweetest magical feel. Liquid trumpet and 80’s synth covers a whole portrait, it paints the world. Female vocals are pre dominant as they reveals lyrics that make love a possibility. Jazz effects galore. Peaker is a continuous wonder flow of jazz. Lively melodies ring in the background while brass instrumentation and reed instruments brings us back to the late 19th/early 20th century while having a future feel. A Peak of love. Speedster is a steady fast synth race, a heart-pumping effect by the feeling of love. A euphoric sound structure of piano and electric guitar loops are synchronized. It reminded me of a mixture of jazz mixed with funky electronic feels – a get down. Thug Baby(feat. Freddy Todd) is the aftermath of two luminous and distinctive worlds combining together, a glitch synth sync. Chill trap beats and spacey frequencies have created a thug baby as the trumpet will lift you up. Chillian is a chill innovation of Russ’s sounds. The flute reveals a new dimension of feeling, all while being immersed in glitch twirls. With Love is about the change of sound could go through when in that state of mind. The most natural and powerful energy induced a sweet and rare freestyle of sound with incorporations of xylophonic sounds towards the end. Acid For Wagner (feat. Thriftworks) is an elegant, eerie, and trippy collaboration. Sounds within sounds come through in all directions and will give you a chance to experience life and love in another universe. Flute and experimental soundscapes blend very well together.
Russ Liquid has shown us a new feel, a fresh sound structure, and limitless experimentation – all while sticking to his signature roots and style such as bass, downtempo, jazz, and live instrumentation. He is, without a doubt, breaking musical boundaries. The mastery of “In Love” was created and inspired by real life experiences of being in love with another human and life, and all the ups and downs that comes along with it. Triggers to the heart chakra are some of most powerful and life-changing experiences we can experience – an uplift into another realm. This album gives off an atmosphere full of bliss and vibrant frequencies. The album is consistent of sounds of classic jazz, R&B, funk, glitch, techno, and world music – all in a downtempo setting. Russ’s fluidity with life and sound is captivating, to say the least – he is a master of his own design. His liquid grooves and intricate sound composition is immeasurable, he’s doing what not a lot of producers are doing – not following the trend. He is following his own style and heart and because of this, he’s destined to a bright future through love and sound. As time will continue to move forward, Russ Liquid’s style and taste will move along with it as splashes of imagination will trigger the most profound inventions. I recently caught a fresh live set earlier this month here in Austin, TX, and it was a fresh funky-disco illumination into the entire city of Austin and beyond. Look out for this next level thinking producer and instrumentalist as he will continue to captivate and explore sound and thus will discover possibilities of immerse himself in the importance of change.
Listen to “In LOVE” out on Lowtemp: