Jacques Greene and Samo Sound Boy Bring the House to Output
Jacques Greene and Samo Sound Boy were my first exposures to house music after my tastes broadened beyond festival EDM, and here at Sensible Reason we are particularly excited to see them on the lineup for Output’s weekly INPUT series in Brooklyn. The songs these two artists produced back in 2011 really resonated with me and stuck in my ears from then until now. Their genre-blending styles have only gotten more refined since then. Both artists gained early attention from what at the time was called the post-dubstep movement. While Jacques Greene never fell into dubstep at any point, his blend of house, r&b, hip-hop, and elements of bass music helped him to stick out from the crowd and attract notice even before the house music revival took off last year. Samo Sound Boy also produced music that married house and bass music as well as a Los Angeles record label Body High which has helped re-shape the west coast rave scene.
I first caught Jacques Greene at a truly special Mister Saturday Night party. From 10 PM to sunrise, at the now defunct (at this location, at least) House of Yes in Bushwick, Jacques mesmerized the dance floor for a truly special set. While in the darkness and the center of the crowd, I couldn’t tell if Jacques played for 4, 5, or 6 hours; all I knew was that his all-vinyl house set, in this tight room full of gorgeous people, was the journey I needed in my life at that time. Many people wax philosophical about how a party changed their life, but that night, house music clicked for me. Long multi-hour sets became roller coasters and the act of long-form DJing as an art form was finally understood. In an interview with Pitchfork, Jacques himself had this to say about that night: “Whenever I get a little cynical about the “state of dance music” or whatever, I think back to moments like that [ atThe Mister Saturday Night party at House of Yes in Brooklyn] and am like ‘Yeah, yeah, it’s real, it’s good.’” I can guarantee you that if this is your first exposure to Jacques Greene live, you will leave thinking along similar lines.
Almost equally as exciting is our chance to hear Samo Sound Boy on a proper sound system. Samo Sound Boy’s record label Body High has a catalogue full of high energy house music rippling with jacked up bass. At the core, Samo’s deep cuts work such a groove that funk pervades throughout the set and provides a sexy, strong base, allowing him to bring the energy level back to a rolling boil. It’s fully modern house that would sound just as home on Holy Ship! as it does surrounded by his older peers at Detroit Electronic Music Festival or Ultra. Next to Dirtybird, Body High is my favorite big room party music.
I’ve been to some “warehouse raves” (ie: dirty, old, 40-foot-ceilinged, multi-floored open space filled with ravers, booze, candi, and so forth all inside what gave the feel of an illegal venue) and while the settings at these parties were a blast, the music at them never felt quite right. I always wished for something as high energy and as Samo’s tunes.
So now you all know that you’re gonna dance, that you’re all gonna groove, and that Jacques is going to make it sexy with those r&b vocal samples he (and all the rest of us) love so much. What you don’t know is that both of these artists are celebrating the releases of new music. Jacques Greene’s new Phantom Vibrate EP lands April 28th via the superbly curated label LuckyMe. Listen to the lead single, “No Excuse,” below.
Samo Sound Boy has something even bigger to celebrate, the release of his own Open / Divine on his label Body High. To make this release even more special, it is Body High’s first official physical release and first foray into the 12” vinyl format. As a serious collector, I had personally pried Samo about the vinyl availability of his label a year or two ago, and I am happy to report that they now deem vinyl an economically feasible format. This is fantastic news for vinyl collectors who follow those LA cats Samo and Jerome.
Tickets for this INPUT at Output event are available HERE. INPUT runs 10 PM – Close (generally around 5 AM), but get there early so you don’t miss a minute of these terrific acts.