BERLIN/PARIS ARTIST & PRODUCER BLUESTAEB RELEASES NEW INSTRUMENTAL SINGLE “LEFT & RIGHT”
Paris based producer Bluestaeb releases new single Left & Right, from his upcoming album Everything Is Always a Process. Out via tastemaker label Jakarta Records, Left & Right follows on from the infinitely soulful single “Mind” with Noah Slee and MAÏA.
In “Left & Right”, Bluestaeb blends his usual bedroom producer style of production with more live elements and samples from classic jams / bringing forward a heavy neo-soul influence which bounces and grooves. Similar artists – Kaytranada, Thundercat.
This song is a result of moving from Berlin to Paris. I was in a new environment, felt more free, and had to switch it up from all those 91bpm Hip-Hop beats. In Paris I met the pianist and producer Jonathan Aréna. We immediately connected and started having sessions pretty much every weekend, which formed the sound aesthetic of the album (even though at the end he only plays on 4 tracks) – also because he has all this analog equipment laying around.
On Left & Right, I already had the basic groove and chords done when we did a session at his place to make this a full track. I remember him just playing around with the bass line for several minutes, when all of the sudden he came up with that loop you can hear in the final song. I always recorded everything, so when I heard him playing that particular bass line I immediately got up and was like “stop, this is it” haha. Back in my own studio I still felt that something was missing, so I created the second part with the drum switch up and arranged the whole song around it. – Bluestaeb
Bluestaeb lives and works in Paris and Berlin and is set to release his third solo album “Everything Is Always a Process”, a smooth Neo Soul-induced epic featuring artists such as Noah Slee (Majestic Casual), Harleighblu (Tru Thoughts) and Melodiesinfonie.
Collaborations with artists such as JuJu Rogers, Ivan Ave and more have put this young artist on the map, while supports for artists like Mura Masa, Oddisee, Pete Rock, and billings on major festivals such as Splash! and Melt Festival prove Bluestaebs sound is one that is truly universal.
Everything Is Always A Process
His third album, Everything Is Always A Process re-iterates Bluestaebs overall approach to life (and thinking), but also has direct reference to the making of the album itself, which began with moving from Berlin to Paris in 2015 in the search of new influences and a new creative environment.
Jazz & hip-hop pianist Jonathan Aréna became a collaborator in Paris, helping shape the sound and vibe of the new album, which heralded a change from Bluestaeb’s bedroom production days to a more mature style of music creation.
Created between 2015 and early 2018, EIAAP embodies the process of this transition – as well as collaboration with instrumentalists and vocalists from all over the world and recording in different studios in Paris, London & Berlin.
“Meeting all those musicians and trying out new ways of producing by using real analogue synths, Rhodes drums and percussion etc. made it possible to overcome the creative boundaries of a home studio with just a midi keyboard” / Bluestaeb
The Story So Far
Bluestaeb is one of the key figures of a new generation of up and coming Hip-Hop beatmakers, who have emancipated from genre thinking and instead merge old school aesthetics with a new school attitude and organic instrumentation.
In 2015, his critically acclaimed sophomore album “Rodalquilar” (via Jakarta Records), set a blueprint for this approach by combining warm samples, futuristic synth melodies and tight drum programming. The album is dedicated to the Andalusian town of the same name, a mythic place in the south of Spain, where Bluestaeb spent much of his childhood and where still continues to gather inspiration from.
Influenced by Madlib’s “Shades Of Blue” and trained in African drum techniques (Djembé and Daruka), Bluestaeb has been crafting beats since his teenage years and gradually found his sound identity through experimenting with HipHop and Jazz – first to be heard by a broader music community in 2013, when he released his debut album “1991 Extraterrestrial” (Radio Juicy). Since then the prolific young artist has released numerous solo and collaboration projects (“B.L.U.E. Friday” in 2015 and “Sidekicks” with S. Fidelity in 2016). In 2016, he produced collaborative album “LIT – Lost In Translation“ with rapper JuJu Rogers, a keen manifesto against racism, xenophobia and the rise of anti-heroes such as Donald Trump.