Title: Thru Nature EP
Released: April 29, 2013
Genre: Downtempo | Trip Hop
Artist Country: Netherlands
Label: Dusted Wax Kingdom
Catalog Number: DWK208
License: CC BY-NC-ND
Danny van den Hoek (aka Deeb) is a member of the Phonophanatic collective. Phonophanatic describes themselves as “…a collective of unsigned beatmakers from the Netherlands. Founded in 2004.” He has two previous EP’s that were released by Phonophanatic and Dusted Wax Kingdom.
Thru Nature is filled with laid-back, lush and evocative jazz samples that form the perfect ground in which to plant some trip-hot beats. Deeb is careful to grow a forest with this combination that is the perfect, cool hiding place for a hot summer’s day.
On a more critical level, this is a release that is a joy to listen to. For those that have been around a while, many of the samples will sound familiar, and you may even be able to name the sources. But deeB does an excellent job of spinning them into new territory, and making you groove with them. He has a real ear for layering samples in a way that it becomes difficult to tell how many samples he’s using at any one given point.
But, even with all of this expert manipulation of samples, he is still true to the original tunes. Unlike some releases that try to take jazz tunes and mangle to the point where you don’t want to listen to them, or worse, you actually feel like punching the producer in the face for being an idiotic douchebag, deeB manages to transcend the span of time and transform these songs into new interpretations that feel right for today.
If you are like me, this is one summer release that you will listen to over and over. I can say I’ve had this both on my computer and my music player for a couple of weeks now, and every time I listen to it, I want to hear it again.
Kudos to deeB! I look forward to many future releases from this very talented producer / DJ / artist.