VESTED: adjective - held completely, permanently, and inalienably.
Keeping true and parallel to the musical vision of Vested as a Chicago-based music and event brand, Vested Recordings will be a home for a range of forward-thinking electronic music sounds, ranging from deep to tech-house to progressive to techno to house, with the common thread being the timeless low-end prime-mover groove that proper progressive house has always championed.
This innaugural label offering features a pair of reconstruction mixes by label head, RJ Pickens, of a truly stellar original song by Sykoya, a vibrant up-and-coming UK-based indie music collective.
Sykoya are making a lasting impression both recorded and live with their timeless mixture of indie electronic and dream-pop tracks. The haunting vocals of front woman, Anna Marcella sit perfectly atop her melodic synth lines and the deep, engaging rhythm section of drummer, Curtis ElVidge and bassist, Joe Cross, making a sound well beyond the trio's size. Drawing comparisons to London Grammar, Poliça, and Massive Attack, their sound ebbs and flows seamlessly from light to dark, catching listeners between wanting to dance and sit in soft reflection.
With roots as a longtime participant in Chicago's electronic music scene, RJ Pickens is now helping shape the future of the Windy City's dance music. With over 19 years of DJ experience and tirelessly pursuing the perfect mix of progressive, tech-house, techno, and house sounds, he rocks rooms ranging from intimate to large, and can go from being the supporting act of choice for many notable global headliners (such as Eric Prydz and Pryda Friends, Hernan Cattaneo, Jody Wisternoff, Nick Warren, Erick Morillo, or Martin Roth - to name but a small few out of many) to being the headliner himself.
Track credits: Original track production: Sykoya, remix production: RJ Pickens Engineering and Mastering for Early Morning Reconstruction by Nick Stoynoff. Engineering and Mastering for Late Night Reconstruction by Peter Kontor.