(Photo: Brian D. Caron)
1. Every Time When I See You (Radio Edit)
2. Is a Good Friend?
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With the evolution of music, and the technology behind it, it should come as no surprise that artists are frequently using their musical predecessors as a jump-off point for their own creations. AIMES, the nostalgia-filled project of electronica musician and DJ/producer Aman Ellis, has managed to create an array of sounds that not only references the late 70′s Manhattan disco circuit, but also includes glimpses into the current UK bassline scene.
While his use of analog synthesizers and dreamy vocals could easily bring to mind the term chillwave, AIMES’ music can not be classified within one specific genre. Before operating under his French-sounding moniker, Aman Ellis crafted spacey instrumental electronica. Taking from his extra-terrestrial-minded techno and beat-heavy background, the Alabama native and Brooklyn resident is now infusing a strong songwriting element into his work, channeling the likes of disco forefathers Giorgio Moroder and Gino Soccio.
On his debut album Your Floor Is Now a Tree, AIMES brings a sound that captures the feeling one gets as the sun begins to set and people begin to wash off their sun-kissed bodies for an evening of merriment and indulgence. The LP’s title track opens with a shimmering synth line that sets a solid pace for the entire record. That is, of course, until Hard Notes & Love Drugs kicks in with a huge dance floor sound that combines a steady beat with a syncopated bass line and some vocoded vocals. In the end, it is the slight tinge of vulnerability and earnest permeating from this lush collection of songs that leaves a lasting impression.
YOUR FLOOR IS NOW A TREE IN STORES 08.02.11