Blakesmith is a French producer who has been releasing music for about the last ten years or so. His latest project is an EP released on the relatively new label Cosmonostro.
Blakesmith won’t necessarily blow you away with Complex, but not every release has to do that. It’s incredibly solid, but his down tempo grooves, while enjoyable, don’t stand out from the rest of the pack. Where he does succeed, though, is his inclusion of vocal clips. He uses them well, providing narration to the music, tying one track to the next, and giving you food for thought as the next beat kicks in. Without these moments, this would be a short collection of beats I could enjoy on my headphones and lose myself for a few minutes. With these carefully selected clips, it’s almost like I’ve been given some homework, something to ponder and work through as the next groove carries my mind away for a minute or two. It sounds simple, but it works well here. Again, this isn’t anything that hasn’t been done before, but that doesn’t mean that Blakesmith isn’t doing it well here on Complex. He’s got a good feel for some down tempo music, and he has a good use of space in his beats and bass lines.
Blakesmith isn’t changing the game with his latest EP, but he is delivering something short, sweet, and enjoyable. For a few minutes, he can take you away from the rest of the world as you get lost in his grooves, give you some food for thought, and then send on your way.