There was a time when you could find slick sounding, hip-hop influenced, vintage sample laced electronica records as easily as you could find a Starbucks. Sadly, in 2011, the burnt coffee mecca persists, and the appreciation for jazz infused, well crafted beats all but disappeared.


I know almost nothing about Toronto producer Jesse Futerman, but I’m glad I got a link in my inbox and clicked on it. I could almost see the dust floating off his vinyl collection. The strings, horns and heavy programmed drums of “Funds” deliver a solid late night come down vibe, but things really to get interesting when Futerman starts adding hand percussion, letting open space work for him and channeling his inner Schroeder on the EP stand out, “A Tribute to Horace.”


Honestly, it’s hard to find fault with this EP; the female vocals on the jazzy “Black is the Colour” are paired with horns and another beat that lets the listener simply enjoy the ride and the “Driva’man” benefits from a bluesy vocal sample. At less than 20 minute, Super Basement never intrudes. Futerman’s ear worms burrow into your ears with a subtle touch and you can’t help but let them repeat over and over again.


I normally leave the golden-age preaching to Naedoo, but with all the nonsense R&B beats and emo, self hating raps coming out these days, it’s nice to find a producer that digs through the crates and wants to give you a solid collection of head nodders that help the party keep going as the sun starts to crack through the darkness.

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MP3:: Jesse Futerman - A Tribute To Horace