In the Pacific Northwest, we’re lucky to have a vast diversity of local talent. We enjoy hearing about the success of local DJs and producers, as well as their new releases on various labels. This week, Portland locals HAL-V & SpaceCase released a new collaboration on I AM SO HIGH .Recs. called Raining. The track portrays multiple stylistic approaches to showcase the duo’s musical roots.
HAL-V & SpaceCase consist of Jacob Halverson and Sean Marler. Halverson, the proud Canadian, and Marler, Atlanta born but Portland raised, met at Oregon State University in 2011. The duo linked up for a back-to-back set, and have been working together since then. Opening for a variety of artists including Ephwurd and Troyboi, HAL-V & SpaceCase have developed into a staple part of the Portland electronic music scene.
HAL-V & SpaceCase teamed up with LA DJ EuthInMe for their newest release, Raining. The track showcases different techniques related to future bass and future trap, which makes for a distinctively diverse sound. Raining starts off slow, almost with a trip-hop vibe, but quickly picks up for a vibrant future sound. The lyrics set the tone at the beginning of the song, and continue to resound over the triumphant sounding synths as the melody picks up. Synths in the chorus resonate with future bass, but the rolling percussion and distinctive snare portray trap techniques. One could compare the changing tempo throughout the song to the varying downfall as it rains. The diversity of styles used in Raining makes for a fun track to dance or chill out.
We look forward to hearing more new releases from HAL-V & SpaceCase in the future. The duo often plays at The Whiskey Bar and other venues throughout Portland, so make sure to catch them on your next night out. HAL-V & SpaceCase will be opening at Bass Cube for Ghastly and more at the Roseland Theater on February 25th. The event is 18+, and you can get tickets here for $38.25 after fees and taxes. What other local artists are releasing new tracks this week? Share a link to their SoundCloud in the comments below!