Gent Mason is the next artist to release on Aesop, the second release to be exact, following the well-received debut for both the label and from SOHN with 'The Wheel'. With SOHN now signed to 4AD and working on his debut album, Gent Mason carries on the Aesop theme of quality over quantity. A London born and bred producer, Gent hones in on his love of American Hip Hop/R&B and a time largely documented by way of Yo! MTV Raps with the culture rising into commercial prominence.
The single's A-side 'Eden', perfectly depicts the distorted rhythms that run through Gent's sound, constructing a mid-tempo reverberated bass that layers the backdrop to subtle hints of melody creeping in and out of the vocal line. The lead on the B-side, 'Head' is glowing and loose with an uplifting vocal melody. Another fully formed piece, it showcases the unique depth and atmosphere in his tracks.
While Gent Mason's influences are apparent and his style and talent are his own craftsmanship, the distinctive approach to his sound was in large part due to the wisdom passed on to him by none other than Jimmy Douglass, the man responsible for collaborating in the studio with Timbalandfor over a decade, working on albums for Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Jay Z, and Justin Timberlake among others.
The Eden EP is released on Aesop as a limited 12" and download.
03. Couldn't Last Until Summer
(photo credit David Ashley)
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