‘Here and Now’ a full-length album from precocious Vermont producer Es-k features diverse, exquisite Funk inspired Instrumental tracks that are luminous, textured and soulful. ‘Cold Pack’ is a sultry Latin and Funk tune with seductive playful bass notes, tantalizing piano and melody with a beat at about 100 BPM. ‘Simplicity’ kicks off with a nostalgic old school R&B sound that is altogether also new and moving, with effective beat repeats and ethereal synth melody and lively drums. ‘Thick’ is a calming instrumental tune with lovely snare and piano carrying you to a nice and heady place. Following, ‘Get Together’ is a tune with grooving smooth bass and staccato echoing horns, chill and fresh, Dub influenced and regal in demeanor. ‘Intuit’ starts off right away with bright chiming synths purring and cathartic, a steady beat and snare slightly mysterious and definitely mesmerizing. ‘Funktion 2’ delicately starts and drops into an intoxicating rhythm of sounds, quixotic and bright, an electro mid range synth telling and impressionable. ‘Turn Around’ features a sweet high-pitched soul sample, xylophone-like synths playing a soothing melody; light hand drums and sub bass adding warm touches. Memorable, musical, chill and sweetly engaging, ‘Here and Now’ is balmy, funky, and electronic with well-rounded nicely selected instruments and keen production.
sed: I shouldn't whistle along after all these years - ? Though I might also choose "Above". This LP is wholly tasty. It's where it started for me and one I come back to often. I arrived too late for Seeds, Roots and Fruits double vinyl. Still, I "met" the awesome (eek) folks at Beat Catz and they made me feel better.