Of all the artists we’ve featured on The Up-Turn there are probably none that we’ve posted about of been following for longer than parisian producer Nvthlss. As a result I was starting to worry that I’d run out of things to write about him and consequently that his frequent releases were starting to blur together. Then my jaw dropped while listening to “A l’est de la gare” and stayed dropped for the remainder of his newest My paris.EP. With a quick seven tracks all titled in french, My paris.EP reminds me of all that reasons I got so excited about Nvthlss in the first place. It’s a gorgeous listen that should make anyone want to visit the Paris Nvthlss has been so inspired by. Although the US is the hip-hop Mecca, it’s nice to here Nvthlss turn towards his own culture to find inspiration and My paris.EP demonstrates just how unique his sound can be. The thirteen track Lifetime vol 2, continues his lifetime series with jazz-infused beatie goodness. Although I don’t think it achieves the same consistent greatness and My paris, Lifetime vol 2 is more proof of just how dedicated he is to his craft. After a few years I’m finally starting to understand that Nvthlss isn’t driven by a desire to achieve fame but out of a need to express himself through music.
We’re almost done with our first month of 2014 which means it’s time for us to finally get our shit together and release our only year end list, the annual Eat Your Beaties Awards. I hope everyone is wearing something fancy because this is probably the most important year end award list/article that you’ll read about 2013 ever. Expect your normal beaties volumes to resume regular programming… some time soon. Hit the jump for the awards.
A lot of promising beatmakers have come and faded since the time we’ve been covering Nvthlss and it was starting to look like Nvthlss would never fade but would be content to release new music at a dizzying pace. He’s constructed his own world of music without ever seeming to look back. His growth has been charted with a lot more zig-zags and left turns than anything traditionally linear. ”only me this time, this one is longer, very important for me,” Nvthlss explained upon sending us over a link. Nvthlss has an incredible back catalog of music to build from, Lifetime vol 1 seems to be his first time acknowledging his foundation. As a result, Lifetime vol 1 seems to be the most focused he’s been since EP6 (my personal favorite of his large collection) with the sounds more contained and traditionally hip-hop and jazz. Of course it’s all about the loop and Nvthlss weaves some gorgeousness here from the stuttering “Bill murray is the man” to the FlyLo-channeling “Brian II”. Things can definitely get weird (“Booker” or “Shout out”) but, as Nvthlss says himself, it’s all feelings.
If you’re at all familiar with the work of NVTHLSS, than F2i probably won’t be coming out of left field for you. If anything, NVTHLSS’ impressively sized catalog of beats and tapes are a demonstration of just how well an artist can define his own sound through constant recording, releasing and refining. F2i is not the solo material of NVTHLSS however, as the tape is the result of a collaboration with fellow french producer OVRDZ (no idea how to properly pronounce that name either sorry). Although the best I can do is speculate here, it does seem like OVRDZ has pushed NVTHLSS away from hip-hop influence and into deeper electronic territory. Although the percussion still hits mostly in the tune of boom-bap, none of these beats would provide stable ground for a rapper. Instead they are small meditations on warmth and repetition that revel in small moments of energy and inspiration.
This week has already been quite the amazing week for beats, however, no amazing beaties week would be complete without some new material from our favorite French beaties master Nvthlss. Snare autumn takes Nvthlss’ already chilled out style back another jazzy notch to make it more appropriate for the colder weather and windier days that the autumn is brining. Nvthlss even manages to take off some of the bite from Meek Mill and Rick Ross’ “Believe It”, flipping the brag filled affair into an introspective bumper that people could ride their bikes through the park too. Even the closing track “Bitches in the club” sound more appropriate for a campfire than a dance floor. Stream the entire release after the jump.
I’ve always been a big fan of French producer Nvthlss since he starting making EPs a while back, however, his recent run of EPs every few weeks this summer has only made me appreciate his art more. It’s clear that Nvthlss is a committed dude when it comes to making his music. Despite the fact that, for a reason I can’t understand, he’s being slept on by so many blogs, Nvthlss has stuck to his sound making revisions and refinements with each new entry. Vans on my feet, while still hardly reaching over 6 minutes in total, is easily one of his finest releases to date and possibly my favorite since EP6. With his latest EP, Nvthlss explores lush, damaged analog soundscapes that sound like an urban-tinged Boards of Canada. People should really listen up to this dude.