Published on September 2nd, 2012 | by No Artificial
Nicolas Jaar’s Dreamlike Music
New York based music producer, Nicolas Jaar represents a new generation of American electronic musicians who are taking the genre to a whole new level.
Nicolas Jaar began his production life at the very tender age of 14. At the age of 17, he made his debut on Wolf + Lamb records. Now 22, Jaar runs his own label Clown and Sunset and in 2011 he released his first album “Space is Only Noise”, which sold 25,000 copies worldwide and appeared on many year-end “best-of” lists.
Many music journalists have difficulty describing Nicolas Jaar’s unique style.
In an interview with The Guardian the artist explained:
“I don’t want to categorize my music I’m actually interested in the complete opposite of that, so just call it blue wave. I’m just simply not interested in genres. And I don’t think our generation is either. If anything there’s a clash between generations on how you categorize music. I think a lot of new music shouldn’t be categorized because once you do it sounds horrible.”
Nicolas offers a melancholic style draws on the blues, traditional global folk, jazz, modern classical music, minimal techno and deep house. His down-tempo beats are intended to cause what he has called “rhythmic anguish,” a more hypnotic state, though they still sustain groove.
There’s no doubt that listening to his “blue wave” mixture of sonic textures and rhythms feels like entering a totally self-contained magical world.
Below you can listen to Jaar’s amazing 2-hour mix for BBC Radio 1. Check the adventurous tracklist — featuring Jay-Z, Aphex Twin, Marvin Gaye, Jonny Greenwood’s soundtrack for There Will Be Blood, Shigeru Umebayasi, Smog’s Bill Callahan, Keith Jarrett. Also you can hear a few selections from Jaar’s Clown & Sunset label, like the mysterious Nikita Quasim and Pavla + Noura, and burst of N*SYNC. Highly recommended weekend listening.
Nicolas Jaar: BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix
Download on BEATPORT: www.beatport.com/artist/nicolas-jaar/72460
Download on iTUNES: www.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/nicolas-jaar/id301995668
Like Nicolas Jaar on Faceboook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nico-Nicolas-Jaar/15727540611
Listen to BBC Radio: www.bbc.co.uk