- UX @ Fluence
I design Fluence. San Francisco-based User Experience nerd. I enjoy design, UI, web dev, synthesizers, bikes, electronic music production, photography, and my dog. Incredibly opinionated when it comes to claims of good music.
- design, tech, mobile apps, marketing, ux, live events, music composition, startups
- electronic, electronica, music, downtempo, idm
- San Francisco, CA
This is a cool track. I like the energy, and the production is decent. The kick seems a bit hot in the mix, but that might be what you've intended. The breakdown at around 1:33 is interesting - I was expecting Trap-style high hats in there. Have you played w/ the 16th/32nd note hats at all? Seems like it might be a nice switch-up after the second or third breakdowns? Above all, this track has nice bass... which is always nice. Good work. My only real critique is that it is a tad generic (which isn't necessarily bad)... I feel like if you play with the trap-style hats and maybe a bit of swing on that... also maybe switch up some samples or analog synth sounds - it'll make it stand out a bit more. Cheers.
WHOA bass! As mentioned by Hank Shocklee, I can't help but be skeptical, but if this product produces an accurate low-end response, this could be a boon for home-studio musicians. I like that he addresses the skepticism right off the bat, I think that does a good job of stoking my curiosity and adding validity to this product. The price point seems right, as it's just a hair under what I paid for my KRK10S... which continually pisses off my neighbors. If I could feel the bass without making anyone angry, I'd be happier. That said, I'd want to try this first. A few things the video misses: 1. A final call to action. You list the URL, but there's no reason to do go there. "See more demos", "on sale at", etc might help. Would be cool to show thumbnails of videos and allow the user to click through to some demos or more informational (less advertise-y) videos. 2. Any sort of product specs to appeal to the nerds and pros: Frequency response specs, connections, crossover, etc. Also, it brings up some questions, like is it wireless or how does it connect to my monitor setup? All in all, an interesting idea. I like it.
I am really excited about this! In working on this, I'm thinking we'll have to do more of this in the near-future. The responses and feedback have been great. So excited to be sharing this with everyone and seeing it live!
Ah this is really nice. Love the vocals. The production sounds great, although, interestingly, the snare really cuts through the mix. Not too bad, but it is really apparent. Oh also, the whistle is fantastic. Really nice touch. Anyway, all in all, I love this track. Great work.
This is a nicely crafted track. The intro reminds me of Pink Floyd, in a very good way. I love how the vibe is set, and those 808 hats compliment the organic guitar nicely. The breakdown at 2:50 has a very nice "The XX" vibe to it. Very tastefully reserved and well produced. This is really great. I am referring this one to Alan Poyer, as I'm guessing he'd really like it.
Fantastic video, awesome song. I really have no critiques and I watched it twice, second time in full-screen mode. Love it when they're drinking 40's and pour one out for the homies. Such a cute, clever video. Again, fantastic work.
This song is really great! I love the melody and the production sounds spot-on! This downtempo vibe is really nice and definitely something that I know Alan Poyer would appreciate. I'll refer this track to him, as he may have more feedback. Really nice work.
I really love the vibes of this. Great analog synth intro, nice use of reverb on the synths with the harp pushed forward in the mix. The sampled vinyl scratches/pops do stand out in the mix a bit much for my taste, but I'm sure if it's a sampled loop, it's going to be hard to remove. Great mixing/engineering, especially when the bass kicks in at ~1:30. All in all, excellent work.
I love the sound of this track. Excellent vocals over the breaky drums with that acoustic guitar... totally digging it. Love the cameo of the Martin Backpacker - those things are rad. Initially, I was not super-crazy about the rapping around the ~1:15 mark, but after a few listens, it's not too bad. Something about it kinda sounds dated, kinda 90's-ish. The rapping itself is fine though. Love the soulful singing at and pretty much after 2:00. Powerful, beautiful, awesome. Nicely done. Cheers.
Love the ambient intro... great use of delay on the birds and giggles. The drums sound fantastic as well. Very well produced and engineered. I'm referring it to Alan Poyer, as he's a maven when it comes to great ambient/downtempo stuff. Excellent work on this one. Cheers.
Like the previous track that I auditioned of yours, I really like the way it goes from the chorus and drops back to the verse, at around 1:12. It's restrained and nice. I feel like I want to hear a clean version of the vocals though, its not that the processing is bad, necessarily, just needs some contrast. Have you tried juxtaposing clean versions of the vox with processed versions? Cheers.
This is good. I feel like there are some aspects of the production that could be improved. When the ride kicks in at around 1:30, it's a bit hot, also, the bass is mixed hot too... not too bad though, it's just really pronounced. I love the way it drops back to the verse at 2:20, very cool. Tweak the levels/compression/eq on the drums and bass a bit and you'll be set. Cheers.
I'm really town between thumbs up and thumbs down here. This track features nice production, decent mixing, but the real issue I have here is lack of originality. The writing is decent but the synths all sound like presets, right out of the box. The structure is predictable and I think that combo prevents this good track from being great. The switch-up around 1:20 is cool.... but it goes a bit too long without anything changing... and then right back to the virtually the same thing as the beginning. If this track is intended to be used within a dj mix set, the straight forward structure is fine, but I think it could stand some re-working, at least from a sound design perspective. Thumbs up because in the end, it definitely doesn't suck. Cheers.
I'm not a huge fan of the production/mixing. Listening on a variety of monitors (from shitty harmon/kardon mm speakers to Genelec 1029As), it sounds like the mids on the bass are a tad hot. Also, the kick is really big... while there are LOTS of high highs. It may be a stylistic option, but I feel like there's a ton going on in the mid-high, a small gap in the mid and mid-low section and then thump, that kick. Regardless of the production, the song is awesome: funky and jammy - I like it.
Watching the same smile for 5 years was pretty crazy! Awesome to see your face/hair/etc change but that same smile keep on going. Also, this track is great. Nice balance of great playing along with weird sounds. Love it. My only real critique is the production on the piano - again, great playing, but the actual piano sound comes off as a bit of a canned "digital piano sound". I would have loved to have heard a better sampled piano sound or maybe even a real piano being tracked over this. One easy thing you could consider is just adding a tad of really nice, lush reverb on the piano to help give it space and depth. Cheers.
Excellent collection/set. Great intro. Love the crickets, bells.. kind of has a Flying Lotus feel. Digging the breakdown at the 1:00 mark. Comes back nicely. Love the production. You do a great job of setting the vibe with big drawn-out breaks and then going back into some trippy melodies held together nicely with well-produced beats. Holy crap, this is a great track. Thumbs way up. Favorited on SoundCloud for when I need to chill. Cheers!
Overall, fantastic mix set. Loving the balance between chilled out intelligent beats and grimey dnb stuff. The big ambient break at ~22 is an interesting way to transition into 4/4 (eventually). I will be listening to this set while I work through my day. Cheers.