Elaquent Green Apples and Oranges

Elaquent Green Apples and Oranges
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Guelph-based beat creator Elaquent approached his latest project tempering of some of his more characteristically unconventional sound references and loose drum patterns in favor of tighter, more planned out song structures, and the resulting focus wraps eight surprisingly distinct musical concoctions into one cohesive and expectedly creative listen. The respected beatsmith draws from an array of light, lush synth tones to paint the glimmering melodies running throughout Green Apples and Oranges, particularly on the sprightly "Alone At Last" and spacy, minimalist "Oreos." Clear influence J Dilla earns a nod directly on a pumped-up interpretation of the Jaylib classic "The Official" and in the smooth key changes and snappy, intentionally "sloppy" beat hits of "Almost There," while a quirky flip of Tyler, The Creator's "Treehome95" reveals eQ's affection for the Odd Future mastermind. An unexpected dip into a more dancefloor-focused vibe on "The Little Things You Do" mixes things up even further and is one of many clear examples of the producer's growing confidence, something listeners are coming to appreciate more and more with each subsequent release. (Urbnet)