Song of the Day: Paul Chin “War Drums”
Toronto-based producer/designer Paul Chin recently released his debut EP Dancing Drums on the always-excellent Bastard Jazz Recordings. Thanks in large part to his musical and artistic training, free taster track “War Drums” is a moody and meticulously-detailed excursion in beatcraft, displaying hip-hop and bass production influences in equal measure. The drums here don’t dance so much as skip and float with increasing rhythmic complexity that rewards attentive listening.
An artist fully in control of both the audio and visual components of his craft, Chin also executed the EP’s crisp Daft Punk-ish graphics.
More about Dancing Drums, including the free download of “War Drums” and how to purchase the entire EP (digital and physical versions) is available here.
Paul Chin – designer to some, producer to others, friend to all – is a Toronto-based artist, originally from the Cayman Islands. Equal parts borne of the influence of J Dilla and school band; DC Comics and art school, Paul came up on a steady diet of hip-hop grooves, Saturday morning cartoons, sheet music for hymns, and Futura. His “EDM equivalent of folk music” sound has developed as a product of vulnerable storytelling through his music, combined with intricate attention to detail, and a love of polyrhythms. A dedicated loyalist and champion of “Culturecraft”, Paul wants nothing more than to travel the world to DJ, and collect vinyl and adidas sneakers.