Beat Fatigue Delivers A Smash Hit With Latest Album Can’t Stop! [Exclusive Premiere]
Sensible Reason is proud to team up with Gramatik’s infamous Lowtemp imprint to bring you an exclusive premiere of Beat Fatigue’s first full length album, Can’t Stop! Hailing from the foggy town of Amsterdam, Beat Fatigue fits in with funky aesthetic of the Lowtemp crew perfectly. Can’t Stop is a glorious tour de force of jazzy glitch-hop bangers, that boldly displays Beat Fatigue’s masterful guitar skills and pristine production. Like Lowtemp’s head honcho Gramatik, Beat Fatigue has an unbelievable ability to capture the pure joy of dance music. With a rambunctious blend of soulful vocals, jazzy guitar rifts, glitchy bass lines and bluesy overtones, Beat Fatigue has captured lightning in a bottle with this release.
From start to finish Can’t Stop takes us on a wild ride, with no room for respite. Dripping with glitch-hop innovation and soaked with hip-hop swagger, Can’t Stop is a demonstration of Beat Fatigue’s eclectic musical pallet. What I love most about this full length album is Beat Fatigue’s ability to maintain a strong musical identity while displaying tons of sonic dexterity. The Amsterdam-based DJ and producer gives listeners an in depth view into his personality, with an array of vivid and emotional tracks. These fourteen songs won’t just make you want to get up and dance, they will also speak to your soul as well.
With Can’t Stop officially dropping tomorrow via Lowtemp, we here at Sensible Reason are so stoked to launch this exclusive premiere. Check out Beat Fatigue’s dope new album, Can’t Stop, as well as our interview with the Dutch beatsmith below!
Sensible Reason: What first inspired you to transition from playing as a live guitarist with other bands into producing electronic music as Beat Fatigue ?
Beat Fatigue: So I was in this funk-fusion band since I was about 15 years old with friends and we wrote all these cool little instrumental fusion melodies and chord progressions to basically jam on for twenty minutes, haha. It’s where I discovered how awesome it is to have this idea of a track in my head and than a band playing it exactly how I imagined it. I wanted to experiment more with musical ideas and being able to hear them before showcasing it to the band members; so that’s when I started to use software like Reason. And than I realised how much I really loved producing music, of course being heavily influenced by hip-hop I started to make more electronic music. I think it was when I heard the amazing Tipper track ‘Tiny Face’ when I slowly became more ‘funky bass’ orientated.
SR: Can you describe your creative process through the creation of Can’t Stop? Where did you do most of your recording? And when did you start the process?
BF: Well it was definitely a challenging but cool process this time. The most important thing for me with this album was to make it more of a journey through different styles and vibes. I truly feel like that’s what makes my live sets better these days. So I consciously tried all these different vibes that still fits well within the Beat Fatigue sound and that has a big groove to jam some funk onnn!
I’ve recorded everything here in my home studio! It’s hard to say when I started the process exactly to be honest, some ideas were made on the road and some back home.
SR: How would you compare this album with your earlier works?
BF: I think Can’t Stop has a lot more different vibes and I kinda experimented more with sound design, but overall it has that typical groove and guitar sound that I always love and try to push!
SR: This is your second release with Gramatik’s Lowtemp label after last year’s Optimus Jive. It seems you fit perfectly with the imprint’s style and vibe. How important is it for you to be working with a team like Lowtemp?
BF: It has been great, Lowtemp is awesome. All the music they’ve been putting has been amazing. It’s really important for me to be part of a team that has a similar perspective on music and what I consider to be ‘awesome’ to, so yeah I’m very happy!
SR: Some very famous musicians have passed away lately like Prince and David Bowie. What does it mean to you as a musician to create art that will live on even after you’re gone?
BF: Yeah, such a shame. I honestly never think about that when I make my music. I just want to inspire people right now with a new sound and a groove!
SR: Who are some artists past and present that have made a significant impact on your musical journey?
BF: Artists who first come to mind that I listen to a lot are; Papa Grows Funk, Vulfpeck, Meddy Gerville and the more production based legends I dig a lot are Gramatik, Tipper, Opiuo, Staunch and K+Lab!
SR: What was it like performing in Costa Rica at Envision Festival this year?
BF: Wow, that was an incredible experience! Such amazing people, amazing stages, amazing artists, amazing place to be for sure!!
SR: I’m really looking forward to heading up to Shambhala this summer for the first time. I know you performed there last August. What can you tell me about your time there as well?
BF: Ah that’s great!! Haha, well… you are in for a treat!! Shambhala has definitely been one of the most amazing festivals I have ever been to. The funk is so alive over there, haha! The Fractal Forest stage was where I spent most of my time funkin’ out and partying with the crazy funk!
SR: How does it feel to be able to travel the world doing what you love and sharing your art? Do you get more inspiration on the road or when you’re back at home?
BF: It’s such an amazing thing to be able to do. I honestly still cannot believe and comprehend this is actually what I’m doing now, haha. Crazy!!! Yeah, [it’s] an incredible experience, haha.
SR: Is your style of funky glitch-hop big in your hometown of Amsterdam? If not do you think it’s heading in that direction?
BF: Well, it’s definitely not huge (yet) over here, but I feel like the funk is slowly but surely coming to life here.
SR: Finally what do you have planned this year? Are you going to be heading to the States any time soon? Can’t wait to hear these dope tracks live!
BF: I am trying to set up a big American tour for next year, so I will keep you posted on that!