Gramatik has been mesmerizing us for years with his artistry in electronic music, fusing primarily jazz, soul, and funk into his work. From some of his earliest available music, which isolates simple beats and creates infectious grooves, to his sampling of multiple pieces of a single Quincy Jones song to form multiple, awesome tracks, to his release of “Bluestep” last winter (full version is on the album for those of you who have been playing it on repeat for almost a year), which weaves blues and dubstep seamlessly together, he has yet to slow down creatively. Admittedly growing a bit tired at times of just producing on stage, Denis enlisted Eric Mendelson to accompany him on guitar both on tour and in tracks. The list goes on. Those of us who want to keep the funk and soul of the ’60s and 70s alive but also love electronic music can’t get enough of this gifted individual and his constant innovation.
So after many months of teasing the album, tonight Gramatik brings us an exclusive listen of the highly anticipated album, The Age of Reason, his first individual album to be released on the Lowtemp label.Denis has brought on a variety of musicians and producers for this album, including Eric Krasno (of Soulive & Lettuce), Cherub, Orlando Napier, Gibbz (that unavoidable voice), and the rest of Exmag (with tracks featuring Eric Mendelson and ILLUMNTR). With a mix of heavy beats, soul, funk, dubstep, R&B, and even ambient styles, as well as experimentation with more vocals and varying beat consistencies, The Age of Reason is a testament to Gramatik’s seemingly limitless creativity within his ever-expanding niche of electronic music. “Bluestep” has a special place in my heart because it embodies (at least for me) a transition for this artist from his home base of electro-soul/funk to a fusion of these familiar genres with even more modern elements of electronic. With “Bluestep,” he makes dubstep elegant. — Did you ever expect (or want) those two words to be next to each other? — Beyond this track, favorites so far include: “Brave Men (feat. Eskobars),” “Torture (feat. Eric Krasno), “Expect Us” (hello, Slovenian roots), and “Just Jammin’ (feat. Exmag).” The Age of Reason officially drops this Saturday, February 25th, exclusively via www.bittorrent.comand will be accompanied by a release party at Best Buy Theater in NYC the same day at 7pm.Tickets available here.
This will definitely be Gramatik’s best year to date, sodon’t snooze on this album! It’s too damn good to put off. Listen to the stream here.
Jenny’s love affair with music, culture, and politics began many years ago, and she has always found that love best expressed through writing. A graduate of the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Political Science and Religion and a minor in Music, she is fascinated by what makes people tick, move, and behave. Heading straight to New York City after graduating, she works in marketing, communications, and advertising in addition to writing, editing, and geeking out on WordPress for Sensible Reason.