Heist Recordings has been a staple in the electronic music scene since its inception, and they’re always on the lookout for new artists and music that push boundaries. Their next guest is the embodiment of modern-day funk and a true wizard on the keys: Atlanta raised cool guy Byron the Aquarius and his new Akira EP.
Byron the Aquarius – Akira EP.
Byron has a solid history with the label, having remixed Parker Madicine back in 2017 and doing a solo track on Dam Swindle’s 2019 release “The life behind things.” They have done some shows together and stayed in touch while Byron was working with Jeff Mills on his 2020 jazz crossover record “Ambrosia” on Axis. Now, after a string of releases on labels like Shall not Fade and Purveyor Underground. Not too long ago he also released his AFRICA EP here, and launched his own TALKNOI$E label.
I Love Yo.
The Akira EP starts off with a track called ‘I love yo’. In this track, Byron decides to leave his keys at home and go in deep with a moody club workout. The track is a mix of dreamy samples with rough percussion and vocal chops. The melody is mellow, but the clever drum programming and sub make this track into the club vibe just the way Byron likes it: warm and sexy. Let’s break down the tracks on his new Akira EP.
Get up and get moving to this infectious house tune by Byron! ‘Get up’ features all the elements that make house music so addicting: catchy vocal chops, driving percussion, classic house keys, and a booming sub bass. Get ready to dance the night away when this track comes on! You’ll be hooked from the very first listen.
If you’re looking for something new to bump in your car or blast at your next party, look no further than Byron’s track, “Love.” This track is oozing with sex appeal, thanks to its percussive broken beat, chopped R&B vocals, and lush pads. Despite its simplicity, “Love” is incredibly catchy and will surely get stuck in your head. It’s clear that Byron is a skilled electronic music producer, and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.
house music is a genre that always seems to be evolving. At its core, it’s about creating a feeling of community and togetherness, but each new artist brings their own unique style and flavor to the genre. On his track “Success,” Byron brings a classic house sound with a message that is both uplifting and important.
His keywork and synthwork create a bumpy, fun soundscape that is perfect for dancing. But underneath the fun music is a message about originality and blackness that is important and timely. Byron delivers this message in a way that never feels pretentious or divisive, which is one of the things that makes house music so special.
I Love Yo (Kush Jones Remix).
The EP finishes with a remix by New Yorker Kush Jones. His music has been getting a lot of love lately because he knows how to build a groove that can take you anywhere from house to juke, footwork and techno. Kush sees no boundaries in his music and still manages to create his own sonic universe. His remix of ‘I love yo’ takes a dreamy approach with soft chords running over an electronic groove with a pure and improvised feel. All elements fit together perfectly and it’s the clever ad-hoc programming and arrangement that suck you into his unbounded world from the first beat. You can tell Kush loves what he does and it’s this passion that makes his music so captivating.
Some final words.
The Akira EP is a collection of music that pushes boundaries and showcases Byron’s unique style. The tracks are infectious and will get you moving, while the lyrics carry an important message. We can’t wait to see what Byron comes up with next and hope that he continues to push the envelope for electronic music.
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