Most artist bios are, frankly, pretty pants, 500 word blocks of bland platitudes and the occasional, clunky, mannered, awful, stab at lighthearted humor. "Hey," I hear you saying, "sounds like something else, mate!" I know, I know. Still, this isn't about me, but it is a way of mentioning that a while back, when I was scanning through the artists pages on another dance website, and I saw the phrase "cubist grooves" pop up, I was incredibly enticed. Because I hate cubism, see. And because I hate cubism I had to see what the artist in question — Sam Tiba — sounded like.
Sam Tiba doesn't sound particularly cubist to me. The Club cheval — and yes, I have typed that correctly — member is a prodigiously talented producer who's worked with the likes of Kanye West, and released records on the likes of Bromance, but I'm still not sure what he has to do with the most overrated art movement of the 20th century.
To celebrate the release of Tiba's new EP Not Dead Yet, we asked the Frenchman to send us over a list of his biggest influences of yet. Check out the list and a track from the EP below.
Drake - My Side
I would lie if I was tried to hide that Noah 40 is the producer that influences me the most. The first time I heard "Jungle", I realised Noah and I had the same love for reversed samples.
Koreless - TT
I have been into Koreless for a while, but this time he set the bar super high. This track is like a trance mess, a canon sung by robots. I really really like everything that he makes.
Les Sins - Fetch
Les Sins, aka Toro Y Moi, is one of the most productive producers out there. He released three full length EP's since last year. The really cool thing about Les Sins, is that this is more of his "club project". The groove in this is absolutely amazing, and was a real inspiration for the track I did with SIROJ.
Zion T - Doop ft. Verbal Jint
"Doop" is one of the grooviest tracks I've heard this year. It took me a few minutes to fully understand the groove and construction of this track. Zion T is a huge Korean R&B artist, and everything he does, from singing to producing, reminds me of The-Dream's early material. And I love the language.
Dressin Red - Kelvin
What is there to say? You can read into this track on so many levels. You can take it as an intro, an outro, a peak time emotional moment. It has everything I love: arpeggios, piano, and absolutely no structure. I think that we have to get rid of structures, and this track is a good example of how to do it with style.
Jay Rock - Telegram
Only for the amazing voice in the beginning. I love choirs, and this little voice makes me feel emotional. It continues during the whole track and you end up completely forgetting about it, but if it was taken away, you'd feel like an orphan. That is what defines a good sample to me.
Aeralie Brighton - Ori, Lost In The Storm
Another choir track. I love listening to video games or anime soundtracks to get inspired. This track is extracted from the amazing video game, Ori & The Blind Forest. The whole soundtrack is a true ode to onirism.
Kyoka - Meander
I am obsessed with any type of work on vocals. This one is pretty amazing. I love the way Kyoka chops every vocal of hers, creating an infernal loop that I can't get sick of.