Building upon the success of down tempo trip hop inspired singles ‘Drifting’ and ‘Misfit’, Escapism Refuge follows with his debut album: ‘Hold’,out now via UK indie label Deep Heads with featured guests Zeb Samuels, Charli Brix and Ill Chill.
Hailing from South Africa Jason Beukes has earned himself a mass following through his crafting of ambient, electronic soundscapes. Jason’s affinity with rhythm was revealed when he began playing the drums at 13. A passion for textured beats was ignited which saw the young musician delve into production – simultaneously studying ‘Contemporary Music’ and putting out a string of critically acclaimed EPs under his moniker. Absorbing himself in sophisticated patterns and bringing his beats to life, the young virtuoso fuses elements of trip hop, down tempo and 2 step, at times reminiscent of Radiohead, Bonobo and A Tribe Called Quest.
The 13 tracks on ‘Hold’ provide the perfect balance of ambient soundscapes and stimulating dance mixes, with Beukes’ signature textured rhythms and tight production present throughout. Kicking off the project ‘Me Myself And I’ marries filtered vocal samples with eerie synth melodies and electrically charged trip hop percussion. ‘Self Fishing’ demonstrates the artist’s mastery of ambience, creating a luscious, all-encompassing stereo field. Enveloping the senses for a truly immersive aural experience, ‘Sore’ and ‘Courage’ go on to showcase Jason’s unrivaled ability to bring his dance beats to life.
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Best described in his own words, the upcoming producer clarifies: “I generally try to absorb as much as I can from my surroundings and paint a picture of what I take in, through the sound I create.”
Championed by the likes of LiveMag SA and Between 10 and 5, it is no surprise that the aspiring musician has seen commendation from Gilles Peterson (BBC 6Music), Joe Kay (Soulection) and Lefto (Brownwood Recordings). With trippy, artistic visuals to accompany his single ‘Courage’, soon to be released, Jason is showing no signs of slowing down.
Escapism Refuge has cultivated an inimitable signature sound and sparked the interest of the dance community globally. With his debut album set to make waves and inbound collaborations with Synkro, Compa and Ash Walker, 2017 is truly shaping up to be a pivotal year for Jason Beukes.