“Never give up on your dreams. I’m handicapped, confined to a wheelchair and a breathing ventilator, but by the grace of Christ I’m fulfilling my dream of being a dance music producer.”
In the same manner in which certain legendary producers have often paved their own way within the industry – going left when everybody else went right – ChudaBeat seems genuinely unconcerned with what the majority are doing right now. Instead, he creates from a clear love for music, and that connection and brightness shines gorgeously.
These are artistic presentations, so the rhythm and the set-up is just as important as the lyrics in expressing the underlying sentiments, and that’s something thinkbendy naturally holds close to.
The backdrop is mildly funk-driven, spacious and organic so as to give off a live atmosphere – tempting you to seek out a gig. On top of this, carefully intertwined vocals pour through with the nostalgic prowess of a soul hit from a simpler decade.
These tracks create rhythmic soundscapes loaded with elements of both tribal and electronic instrumentation alike – as well as fragments of voices that help guide you through and build a notably cinematic experience.
Justin Magnaye drives with an impressively soulful RnB vocal on top of a lightly funky, trip-hop-style beat for this single All Time Low.
Holy Prophet Elijah is a unique blend of Avant Garde sensibilities mixed with just enough elements of pop to attract the average listener. It’s all incredibly bizarre, but so intrinsically captivating for the very same reason.
Carefully balancing gentle organic funk with an electronic lightness, built by delicate and warmth synths, Rick Habana offers up the perfect bit of audio escapism to get listeners feeling geared up for the brighter months.
There are so many sections and moments to each song that your attention is held from start to finish – a rare and endlessly impressive trait.
Raymond Dickerson keeps classic funk and soul alive in one mighty swoop with this single Dixie. Bringing together raw vocals, an infectious rhythm, and a rock and roll edge that emerges during the latter half, the song offers a whole host of musical perks that work wonderfully in uplifting and energizing the room.
It feels, to me, like the long walk through the Las Vegas casino or hotel – mellow at first, slowly getting stranger & more colourful, eventually veering off down some chaotic hallway where all sorts of impossible wonders are in action.
The Stone MG’s have exemplified the grip of addiction on this latest single, and what a song – perfectly highlighting the conflict addicts experience between the sweet lure of their chosen vice & the freedom of walking away.