In the genetic configuration of Jacques Greene’s sound, there have always been just the right proportions of house with detailed production (almost unhealthily tidy), and flashes of R&B; if it wasn’t perfect music for wild shagging, it was certainly close. But on “Concealer EP” - taking advantage of the fact that the Canadian producer is inaugurating his own label and temporarily venturing forth from the shelter of LuckyMe - things have become even smoother and sexier. “Flatline”, the cut that opens the record’s A-side, clearly reveals Greene’s intentions: he’s not planning to just throw in an R&B melodic line, or some sweetened vocal samples, but to undertake the task of creating an entire song that activates the brain’s pleasure centres. With Ango on the microphone - also Canadian and also with material released on LuckyMe (he’s part of the family) - the piece sounds like a successful imitation of The Weeknd’s style.
The comparisons end there, and this is a gesture that shows Jacques Greene’s intelligence: he knows where you have to look to get an effect. He knows that women get hot just listening to songs like this one, and he takes advantage of the opportunity to strike before anyone else does. But the rest of the EP runs along a different course. On the B-side, “Clark” is a hypnotic deep house number that sounds like a cover of Omar-S with more body and more complete melodies. Alternatively, “These Days” is inspired by the new British school of 2step, with R&B phrasing (only glimmers, without developed melodies), abrupt rhythms and silky textures. In comparison with the LuckyMe material, which was already bordering on greatness, “Concealer” is an important advance: it confirms Jacques Greene’s aesthetic features and accentuates them. He improves on them, showing growth as a composer and as a producer of post-house fantasies. All of the good in “These Days” is elongated in “Arrow”, nine minutes of elegance with the aid of Koreless – those minimalist melodies are typical of the Englishman – sealing Jacques Greene’s entry into the aristocracy of house music today.
Flatline (Feat. Ango)