As a music journalist, a big part of my job description is rooted in the same scope of adventurous reconnaissance work that other reporters do in various aspects of the media. I try and learn as much as I can about a band through the music that they’re kind enough to submit to the public for examination. It takes a certain courage to put yourself out there in the way that independent artists do every day that they engage in this type of work. There’s so much pressure and judgement abound, to the point where people like me basically get paid to find flaw in what is someone else’s heart and soul pressed to vinyl.
I don’t always like what I encounter in this job, in fact I’d go as far as to say I downright hate a lot of the records that come my way. I’m hard to please, but that’s why I got into this line of work and have found a little bit of success at it. And when I get the chance to review a band like Monsieur Job, a Columbian force to be reckoned with whose new record BASS PA$$I 1 drops just in the nick of time for the summer festival season, all of the suffering my headphones have to endure becomes well worth it, and I remember why I told my 3rd grade teacher that when I grew up, I was going to write about music.
You see, Monsieur Job aren’t just good at hammering out some electrified pop beats that appeal to fans of Latin house as much as they do trip-hoppers and G-funk aficionados alike, they’re able to do something that only the best and leanest artists of a generation are capable of doing; they embody the sound of a scene. That scene, and its sound, are the biggest piece of the puzzle when it comes to gauging what the 2020’s are going to sound like sonically. To me, Monsieur Job gives us a direct sneak peek into a future that is comprised of two contrasting styles; the raw and the cosmopolitan.
BASS PA$$I 1 has an extremely DIY quality to it that make it much more organic and authentic sounding than anything else in American Top 40 right now, but it’s slick design and contemporary presentation make it uniquely urban and steeped in post-modernity. That duality is so fresh and different from what anyone else is trying right now, and were it to catch fire with the right audience, I think it wouldn’t take much to make Monsieur Bass a household name by the time the next decade dawns on us in less than two years.
With hypnotic music that is poised to draw the international music circuit into its web, it would be hard for me not to endorse BASS PA$$I 1 as a must listen for any discriminating listener in the market for hot new beats this summer. I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t want to be left out of what is certain to be one of the biggest trends of the future to come.
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