At only 17, experimental producer Beat Culture has already found his sound. Laden with ambient rain samples, lush vocal cuts and shimmering piano, Beat Culture’s tracks feel like summer rainstorms blended with the chest-thumpin’ sub bass of hip hop and the skippy drum patterns of UK garage. Where West Coast producers like Shohmo and Nosaj Thing leave us with a sense of melancholic detachment, Beat Culture provides an upbeat alternative to the beat scene’s predominately introverted tone.
While his two EPs, Goldenbacked Weaver and Tokyo Dreamer, rest heavy on the post-chillwave, FlyLo-at-beach vibe, Beat Culture’s more recent singles are focused on more bass-heavy dance beats. Useless sounds like it could easily be a B-side to Jamie xx’s brilliant Far Nearer, while Slow Flight encompasses a tropical version of a track off of SBTRKT and Sampha’s collaboration. The real gem, however, is Beat Culture’s massive edit of Shelter by The xx, taking a Burial-esque drum line into a hands-in-the-air, uplifting chorus section. By the way, all of these songs are available for free download by simply clicking on the track names above.
At his debut live performance at the Brooklyn Bowl Thursday of last week, Beat Culture assured me that his sound is continuing to progress further into the bass-heavy dance territory. With his high school graduation coming up, we can’t wait to see what he will bring us next. With a sound so positively warm, he may just provide the soundtrack to your summer.