The tree is packed, the new years’ decorations have been cleaned up (or not, we’re not judging! Hangovers last a long time when you get older), and, finally, the year 2019 can begin. That, obviously, means a horde of new music is coming at us!
After the smash release of his last tune over the holidays, Sounds Good, Sam Klassik is back with a three-track EP that will bring you out of those winter blues that are surely setting in.
A looping artist, as well as a DJ, Sam has been touring around North America pretty consistently. The Canadian DJ/Producer is making a name for himself with his unique sound, and captivating stage presence. Like many other east coasters, Sam has taken up residence on the west coast of Canada and he’s been making tunes while getting acclimated to the British Columbia island lifestyle.
Anyways, back to the music! Sam’s Map of the Moon EP is a three-track sonic masterpiece: A fusion of blues, rock, psychedelic electronica, glitch hop, and straight funk. The EP is full of incredible samples and inimitable guitar licks! Sam has brought together some really interesting concepts and made them his own. It’s clear that he’s starting to find the sound that defines him.
The first tune, Snake Charmer, is a perfect way to begin the EP. Starting with a haunting vocal provided by Victoria, B.C. local Bambii Beanie, supplemented by Sam’s heavy and poignant basslines, the almost ethereal sounds of his guitar bring the entire track together into a warping, chest-rattling opener.
Knee Deep in the Swamp
Next up we have Knee Deep In The Swamp, an excellent midway point to the EP, and a certified banger. This is probably our favorite tune from the album, mostly on account that we physically can’t stop moving when this jam comes on! It’s full of low temp goodness, not to mention a drop you gotta hear to believe.
Lightsail Pirate (Feat. Cello Joe)
Closing out the EP is Lightsail Pirate, featuring Cello Joe, who Sam has been playing alongside since they met in 2013. In Sam’s words, the tune is about, you guessed it: “a pirate that lives in space, and travels on a ship powered by the light of passing stars, cruising the cosmos ’til the wheels fall off.” (Source)
While the previous tune is likely our favorite of the album, this tune has something about it that has it on repeat. You get something new out of every listen. The duo’s musical styles meld so well together, and you can tell a longstanding partnership within the two.
Without a doubt, this is Sam’s best work yet. Equal parts funky, soulful, and heavy, this album sets the tone for 2019. Don’t expect more of the same going forward, because you can never tell where his style is going next.
Catch Sam next at Bamboo Bass Festival and Envision Festival in Costa Rica. Then, likely all across North America during festival season 2019. We know we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled!