Bohemian Yacht Club was birthed as a boat cruise event, taking to the seas surrounding Toronto and Miami and welcoming guests such as Art Department, Maceo Plex and Maya Jane Coles. Here the brand launches an accompanying record label for releasing music from the inspiring artists and remixers that have grown with the events. Toronto’s Jamie Kidd kicks things off, a staple in his hometowns underground techno scene and a prominent name on labels like Perc Trax, Thoughtless Music and Roots & Wings, Kidd delivers refreshing underground records, fusing live instrumentation and electronics into vibrant arrangements.
‘13th Verse’ opens the release, a deep, dark cut full of hidden depths and intricacies. Kidd skillfully blends smooth, ethereal background pads, raw, shuffling drums and earth-shattering sub-bass tones with sporadic Rhodes licks and a profound amount of subtle automation such as expansive reverb tails and dub-delays to create an ever-evolving dynamic.
Next up is ‘Getaway’, embracing a similarly dark aesthetic with a gated guitar melody, an amalgamation of gritty bass hooks and resonant synth shots acting as the driving force. Kidd again creates a blossoming dynamic here by manipulating each elements envelope to brilliantly play off one another throughout its seven minute duration. The result is a trippy, heads-down peak-time workout.
To close the release ‘Derek Marin’ turns in a remix of ‘Getaway’, brilliantly contrasting the original cut the Siesta and Trapez Ltd artist delivers a dubbed-out, groove-led rework driven by rolling percussion and eerie vocal murmurs. A penetrating arpeggiated bass-line sweeps in around the two minute mark adding a profound dark energy to the track, this develops alongside a dark synth stab with drawn-out delays on both building the bigger picture and fuelling its progressive feel.
This is an outstanding launch for Bohemian Yacht Club and leaves an interesting prospect of whats to come. Jamie Kidd’s ‘Inner Nature’ EP is out on Bohemian Yacht Club late January 2013.