Our good friend – and very talented producer from Guelph, Ontario – Elaquent’s music stands out compared to the infinite number of beat tapes, including those from fellow Canadian producers. There’s just something about the swing of his beats and classic approach to production that is grounded in the golden era while also looking forward.
Fans of Elaquent will definitely recognize his signature sound on “Beliveing“, the 13 track record released by the great beat-oriented label called HW&W. What is new this time around is how smooth and complete the listening experience is. Not that previous work haven’t been great, but they were more on a little bit more on the beat tape vibe (more of a collection of interesting beats then coherent as a whole). On “Believing” there is a logic on how the tracks follow each other giving the record a really seamless feeling.
Expect some R&B vibes on some tracks like Interference (feat. Allie) and on Always but also the infusion of jazzy vibes, like on the more uptempo The Journey. A couple faster joints really add some nice variety to the record and sit perfectly with the smooth vibe of the album. Another exemple of that is the short but jazzy interlude titled Gate 24. Of course, there is Elaquent’s particular quick synth sound on I Don’t Wanna Know opening the album.
We love and respect Elaquent’s integrity to keep making the music that he truly loves. He could very well do the trappy beats if he wanted to, but we have a feeling it wouldn’t be coming from the heart and wouldn’t sound as dope! “Mystique, yet familiar. Blunt, yet majestic.”
released 24 June 2013
All tracks written and produced by Elaquent
* “Interference” written and performed by Allie Ho-Sang
Cover artwork by Frans (D&S Studios)