11 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

House music revisionists tend to revere the style’s warmest elements. But Montreal producer Jacques Greene doesn’t take that rosy approach on his debut LP. On “Falls,” he breaks down a sultry female vocal into something less delicate, like a texture for building an independent rhythm. And while the thrumming bassline that drives “To Say” definitely has a vintage vibe, it swerves and bobs playfully enough to never feel too nostalgic. The winner here, though, is “True,” where How to Dress Well’s Tom Krell sounds like he’s gleefully ad-libbing over a warped R&B track.

EDITORS’ NOTES

House music revisionists tend to revere the style’s warmest elements. But Montreal producer Jacques Greene doesn’t take that rosy approach on his debut LP. On “Falls,” he breaks down a sultry female vocal into something less delicate, like a texture for building an independent rhythm. And while the thrumming bassline that drives “To Say” definitely has a vintage vibe, it swerves and bobs playfully enough to never feel too nostalgic. The winner here, though, is “True,” where How to Dress Well’s Tom Krell sounds like he’s gleefully ad-libbing over a warped R&B track.

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About Jacques Greene

Jacques Greene is an acclaimed Canadian DJ and electronic music producer known for his house tracks, which often incorporate R&B and U.K. garage influences. Through several well-received singles on labels like Night Slugs and LuckyMe, Greene (along with artists like Disclosure and Kingdom) was instrumental in updating house for a post-millennial audience, merging the U.K.-born post-dubstep/future bass sound with contemporary R&B. Born Philippe Aubin-Dionne, the Montreal-based producer began releasing tracks in 2010, producing a few tracks under the name Hovatron before settling on the Jacques Greene moniker. Night Slugs released his single "(Baby I Don't Know) What You Want" in late 2010 and included the track on their scene-defining Night Slugs Allstars, Vol. 1 compilation. The buzz around Greene continued to grow as he released The Look and Another Girl on LuckyMe; the latter EP's charming, Ciara-sampling title track became one of the biggest indie dance hits of 2011. Greene soon remixed songs by artists including Radiohead, Katy B, and Jimmy Edgar, appeared in Azealia Banks' "212" video, and continued his streak of successful singles. 2012 EP Concealer was the first release on Vase, the label Greene co-founded with manager Joe Coghill. In 2013, Greene collaborated with How to Dress Well ("On Your Side") and a then-unsigned Tinashe ("Painted Faces"). EPs Phantom Vibrate and After Life After Party appeared on LuckyMe in 2014, with single "You Can't Deny" arriving two years later. Greene's long-awaited full-length debut, Feel Infinite, appeared in 2017. ~ Paul Simpson

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