Blog: Grotesque – 2015

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Definition of Grotesque:

‘Since at least the 18th century (in French, German and English), grotesque (or grottoesque) has come to be used as a general adjective for the strange, mysterious, magnificent, fantastic, hideous, ugly, incongruous, unpleasant, or disgusting, and thus is often used to describe weird shapes and distorted forms such as Halloween masks. In art, performance, and literature, however, grotesque may also refer to something that simultaneously invokes in an audience a feeling of uncomfortable bizarreness as well as sympathetic pity

After Mellow Morning I changed my focus from making mellow/chill vibe beats to more dark, energetic trap type beats. I heard the word ‘Grotesque’ in tv history show and thought it perfectly described the atmospehere I wanted to create with this EP. This is the second release I did and it features the track ‘Journey’, which I consider to be the first track I made that gave me the feeling it was finished. I developped skills primarily around hi-hat programming and side-chaining.

Album Art:

Just like the album art for Mellow Morning (*link) the album art for Grotesque is created by Sander van der Bij (website). I really like the piece, as I think it visualises the vibe of the EP really well.

Tracks: 

Grotesque

The title track of the EP

Killa

Think this beat came out as the biggest ‘banger’ of the bunch. Works great as well in live performances.

Knowledge

Featuring a sample from Erikah Badu XX. Think this is a really nice, up tempo dance track. Would like to play it live next year.

Fawaka

The most experimental song of the EP by far. Really like the composition of it and the samples used.

Journey

This is a special track to me and I’m still proud of the result. At the time it was promising for me for the future, since it showed me what I was able off. After I made it I couldn’t really remember the process of making it, I was just so drawn into it when creating the track. It is heavily influenced by Flying Lotus.