Following up his debut EP Time Waste (Jellyfish Recordings, 2012), young Vancouver-based producer Patrick Holland, a.k.a. 8PRN, has crafted this smoky soulful brooding beat-tape entitled Over It. The record is cheeky, dark, and intoxicating, but also souful and sincere.
On this project, Holland draws heavily on hip-hop and R&B for the rhythmic framework, which was constructed using a Roland SP-404 and Ableton Live. Holland’s chopped re-pitched vocal snippets, skittering swung hats, and weighty morphing analog bass synth tones (courtesy of his Dave Smith Instruments Mopho) on “Running” and “Over It” are reminiscent in some ways of the work of Henry Laufer a.k.a Shlohmo.
“Late 2012, with the whole new age trap thing going on, I kinda wanted to dabble in it a bit, so I went for a heavier sound, 130-140 tempo and all that. Artists like Bames, Falcons, Lunice, and Sango were references for that feel. The distorted analog bass synth sound comes from my love for garage punk stuff like Ty Segall and Dead Meadow. I also got into some old Triple 6… pre-Three-Six Mafia, like Koopsta Knicca, DJ Paul, and Juicy J… So, that old southern triplet hi-hat and deep sub rubbed off on me.”
“Like any music, there are things I’ve heard while out and about that I like and that I find way too cheesy and over used–certain vocal processing and pitching, drum machine samples and song structures. I feel like I’ve taken the things that I don’t like, and morphed them into a sound that I enjoy–not quite a mockery or parody of shitty club music, but definitely a cheeky rip into it.”
“I made ‘runnin’ a week before opening for UZ , in December, so that I could have a track of my own to play out. So when I started making ‘over it’, I was going for the same feel. Then I realized that I didn’t want to make ‘certified club tracks’, so I added the guitar, vocals, odd percussion, and a chill bassline to wash out the trappyness of the piece. Like many people, I was over it.”
[Patrick Holland a.k.a. 8prn]
The Over It EP was put together in a small bedroom studio in a basement suite on the east side of Vancouver. It was mastered at Transition Studios in London. The artwork was created by Devin White.
[March 20th, 2013]
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