Songs to Break up to EP – Ta-ku (HW&W Recordings - 2013)
Ta-ku’s highly anticipated new EP Songs to break up to is finally out! Ta-ku is one of the most talented Australian beat makers that has emerge in recent years. He is famous for his powerful Hip Hop vibe and funky beats, but this EP is something else. With this rather lengthily new release of 10 tracks I believe he goes out a bit from his “comfort zone”.
From the cover art, to the title of the EP and of each track, you can tell that this is an emotional project. I believe that in this EP we have to take much more seriously the titles, because they are meaningful and they prepare us for what we are about to listen.
The first two ambient tracks Beginning to End and Heartbreak (Sinking) are slow and melancholy. The sound is a balanced mixture of sharp noises and soft melodies played by orchestra instruments. Just perfect. To note also the smart use of a “tambourine march” kind of sound for the rhythm, that comes back also in other tracks of the EP.
Then I Miss you, the leading track of the album. The beat accelerates and gets intricate, as if (using Ta-ku break up theme) what is happening is in a sphere on an inclined plane and, after it started slow, it gets faster and faster, up to the point when we lose control and there is no way back. The melody is still nostalgic, with a beautiful piano and violins in the background. The best feature of the song is the use of vocal delay and the occasional “dark” tuning. To note the amazing cello solo at the end. The same sound style continues in Lost love, my favorite track together with I Miss You. The song start with a great clap beat and a hiccup guitar riff. Again, great vocal sampling and lyrics. This two song are tearjerker, yet while listening to them you start to feel differently about what surrounds you, and you fall in love with every little detail that suddenly you start to notice. In the imagined situation of a break up this music it would bring you comfort, I am sure.
Continuing with other metaphors, I Miss you more, with Janet Jackson and Keith Sweat vocals sample, it feels like a pause from the emotional storm of a break up, but we are not out yet. After We were in love, another great song, we have Wasted Time feat. Thandiwe Phoenix, and we can take a deep breath.The track is warm and cozy, the voices sampling brings down the rhythm and the sweat Thandiwe Phoenix’s heartened voice is just what we need after the emotional roller coaster we have been through!
It is clear that Perth based producer Ta-ku, with his Songs to break up to, wants to tell us a story, and he does with mellow slow burning tracks that gets deep under your skin. It is an EP that it is better appreciated if you listen to it from the first track to the last one, in the same order that Ta-ku put them for us.
To Listen To While: the title says it all.
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