Toronto label nice smooth ultramedia are pleased to introduce a slice of manic, futuristic funkiness with Stephane Vera's deliciously slinky "Peppermint Funk." Although hes never said it outright, Stephane could be a musical genius, a modest one, whose pioneering work has made significant contributions to the expansive world of future music and sound science.
His intelligent insight and years of experience in musical experimentation and production could fill pages, not posts. Highlights of his activities include being lead composer at computational music company waveDNA, scoring music for the Emoti-chair, a device that allows the deaf to experience music, and creating ringtones and music for Microsoft. Stephane has also collaborated with the likes of ill.Gates & Si Begg, Peter Primiani (83 West), jazz great Laila Biali, Roy Davis Jr., and DJ Romain on various recordings. His sound is that of an electronic music you cant quite put your finger on, such as afro-funk over a glitchy beat to effervescent house teased with trip hop.
"Peppermint Funk" is taken from Stephane Vera's upcoming nice smooth album Different Shapes Sizes (Circle The Square). The cut is a frenetic combination of high-octane beats and bass lines underneath pulsing synths and analog melody. The track evolves and changes throughout its seven minutes, revealing many layers and parts that should please the most ADD of DJs (ADDJs?). But, most importantly, it is undeniably funky and should send dance floors into chaotic fits.
Another upcoming album cut, "Rebuild," also appears but as remixed by Berlin-based producer Noah Pred. Noah's released with Cynosure, Trapez LTD, Highgrade, and his own Thoughtless imprint and is definitely making waves. His "Rebuild" rework is a creeping techno boiler, consisting of well-placed rhythms, a hypnotic bass bounce, squelchy melodies, and a funky swell. It's masterful late night fodder. Finally, "Peppermint Funk" returns, this time in the capable hands of Si Begg. A well-known producer of intricate and highly rhythmic 'bass music,' Si Begg has released acclaimed tunes for the likes of NovaMute, Noodles Recordings, and Addictech Records. His superb version of "Peppermint Funk" is pure space-age jazz funk, filled with rolling keys, speed freak beats, and sounding sort of like a high-tech Lonnie Linston Smith.