Monday, January 18, 2016

Strider White - Future Paradise

While Friday was full of fanfare for an overwhelming number of big name releases, such as Keys N KratesMidnite Mass, Flume's "Never Be Like You," and Brillz' Geekin' Remixes, to name a few, a rising star from Edmonton, Strider White, quietly dropped off a free three track EP, Future Paradise.
Strider, who has been releasing tracks since this time in 2014, has seen a growth in his style and sound, and assuredly his production capabilities. Finding influences from Datsik, Wu-Tang Clan and more evident in Future Paradise, the likes of Mord Fustang, Wave Racer and Pusher. The first track "Once Again" has the feels of a Keys N Krates, Alison Wonderland, or even a Flume production, with floating ethereal synths contrasted with hard hitting percussion. The vocals samples evoke spine tingling chills as it's listeners embark on a cosmic journey. The dreamlike voyage hits a speed-bump with the start of the second track "V P R W V E," that ups the intensity and tempo, in some sort of interstellar Nintendo themed melee; the Wave Racer and Pusher influences are front and center. Rife with 8-bit Nintendo samples, the playful production is rapid and raucous. It's the perfect combination of Jersey Club, Kawaii and future beats; its many movements and manipulations make it so adventurous, fresh and new while remaining familiar and ever so comfortable. The final track "With U" leaves that comfort behind in favour of bent and dissonant, alien synth warbles, essentially book-ending the EP, letting you down easy with this lounge inspired chill-out. The continuity and storytelling of Future Paradise is simply sublime, showcasing the range and artistry in Strider White's arsenal. Be sure to grab your copy of the EP free and check out more of his eclectic and ever growing catalog.