I had a bit of an epiphany this week when I was updating my ipod. Looking through all the artists that I had, I realised that my music tastes have changed immensely over the years, and most of the time, it was due to the influence of the people I surrounded myself with.
During high-school, it was all about the top 40 countdown on the radio and what was considered the ‘hottest’ songs of the week: music that was generally of the pop and RnB genres and more often than not, considered as one-hit-wonders.
Back at home, however, my brothers and sister’s musical tastes clashed with what my friends were listening to at the time and so, growing up, our house was filled with a mix of artists ranging from Notorious B.I.G, JD, 112, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Destiny’s Child, Michelle Branch, Oasis, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Beck, The Smashing Pumpkins, TLC, Bloc Party, The Roots, Aaliyah, Blackstreet, Matchbox Twenty, and the list definitely goes on. Just imagine: all these artists blaring out of speakers from four different rooms. Damn, I feel sorry for my parents. Haha.
Skip through six years to Uni and although I was surrounded by a new group of friends, there were some eclectic tastes going on around me – namely hip hop, RnB, dance and indie rock. This timeline made me realise all the different musical phases I went through as a kid up until this very moment. Here’s a quick summary: pop, rock and roll, RnB, then hip hop.
As a writer, I’ve always been more interested in the lyrics of a song (often analysing and trying to read between the lines) but lately, particularly, this year alone, I’ve been more interested in the beats, instruments, and production of a track.
This has been credited mainly due to Condensed Milk’s recent compilation “Dusty Milk Crates Volume I“ (True story.) which introduced me to the work of Ta-ku, eventually leading to the news of his latest project, “REϟTWERK”.
“Within just 3 years of operation in his chosen field, Regan ‘Ta-ku’ Mathews has evolved from a self-taught student of music into a scholar of progressive beat production, cultivating a unique sound that has since resonated to all corners of the globe. As an astute observer of the melodic elements of soul music and the percussive elements of hip-hop, Ta-ku takes influence from pioneering beatsmiths such as J Dilla, 9th Wonder and DJ Premier.”
“REϟTWERK” by Perth producer, Ta-ku, was released last week and it is a record that left me smiling as each track crossed over to the next. Whilst the album is not entirely a release of pure beats; the remixes and production on all 12 tracks was done very well. The songs within “REϟTWERK” make me want to get ready for a night out with my girlfriends, staying up and out until the early hours of the morning.
Half of the record had me remembering the RnB songs I listened to during the early years of my life and had me thinking (and realising) that RnB today just does not compare to the sound that was made in the 90s and early 00s. Hearing Brandy, Keith Sweat and Destiny’s Child all chopped and changed sounded surprisingly good and very catchy!
The rest of the record mixes in some new tracks including Frank Ocean, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Swimming Pools’, which I admit, I haven’t given a proper listen since its release last month; and was rather surprised, listening to the track ‘Hey Justin’ (apparently Beiber, not Timberlake). Seems Ta-ku’s taste in music is pretty eclectic too. Would love to dig through his vinyl collection some day – I’m sure I’d find some obscure sounds.
Overall, Ta-ku’s remixing and sampling on “REϟTWERK” is ridiculous though – and I mean that in a good way! “REϟTWERK” definitely falls into the category of a great produced record and is one you should check out. Discover new music, new beats and a new(ish) producer by the name of Ta-ku. Too talented.