One of my favourite producers is back at it again, dropping the four-track Begonia EP. On Begonia, California-based Freddie Joachim crafts a smooth blend of soulful keys, synthy grooves and dusty drums for an overall solid and cohesive project. My only gripe? I wish there were more songs. But hey, it's free, so who am I to complain? For those unfamiliar, Joachim is a West Coast deejay, producer and label director for San Francisco-based Mellow Orange (along with friends Yusai and Question). If you like what you hear, be sure to go back and check out his Dusting EP as well. Stream and download Begonia below.
DOPE. NESS. Muneshine's "Venus & Mars" gets the remix treatment from one of my favourite producers, Freddie Joachim. The track (originally produced by Exile) comes off the Saskatoon emcee/producer's upcoming release, In Transit, due out on March 4th, 2014. On the remix, Joachim flips "Venus & Mars" into an uber-mellow, laid-back jam - but that doesn't stop the drums from knocking. Muneshine sounds dope as usual, and Dminor lends the perfect vocals to the mix. Stream and download Freddie Joachim's "Venus & Mars" remix below. Download: Muneshine ft. Dminor - "Venus & Mars" (Freddie Joachim Remix)
HW&W producer Evil Needle recently let loose this remix of Freddie Joachim's "Golden Temple", originally off Joachim's 2012 album Fiberglass Kisses. The end result is a silky smooth piece laced with piano chops, crisp kicks, head-nodding claps, and smoky, soulful vocals. Stream the remix and read what Evil Needle had to say about it below.
"Freddie asked me to Remix this [a] long time ago. Unfortunately I totally forgot about it and only discovered this yesterday on my HD... So yeah, nothing impressive, just a loop that I finished real quick. Enjoy yo." - Evil Needle
When it comes to making consistently funky beats, Freddie Joachim is that dude. In all honesty, I have yet to listen to a project of his that I haven't enjoyed, and Dusting is no different. The instrumental EP continues a theme for Joachim, after Dust and Dusted (side note: both of which are free and well worth picking up). On Dusting, all of the samples are from randomly-selected records in the California beatsmith's garage. The end result, albeit short, is pretty good. Stream and download Dusting below.