From his first 12” on LuckyMe on ( “The Look EP”, which took some time to come out, but when it did, it immediately became clear the Canadian is a top rate house producer), Jacques Greene has maintained a series of aesthetic characteristics while incorporating new ones. The ones that have been there from the start are his his great passion for garage house (with divas like vocal hurricanes) and, by extension, for modern soul and the sweetest varieties of R&B, all that, using beats that swing between broken rhythms and the liquid 4x4 of deep house. The new features that have been appearing with every release, and especially on the recent “Lay It Down EP”, are, mostly, the flashes of acid house which are now adding some rage to his clouds of girl-friendly club music. And all of the above is what's shaping “Greene 01”, the first vinyl slab of a self-released series on white label, on which our hero does his thing with two recent commercial urban radio hits.
It's not anything new – Hudson Mohawke remix of Tweet's “Oops (Oh My)”, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Arthur makeovers of tracks by Brandy and Erikah Badu, the Cassie tribute album released by the Local Action label with reworks by Lunice, Altered Natives, Svpreme Fiend and Jacques Greene himself having his way with “Must Be Love”. So this 10” is an extension of that idea, with Greene's vision on Amerie's “What U R”, an dubstep instrumental called “I Like You” and a beefy take, with jumpy breaks, on Kelly Rowland's “Motivation”. Sexy and brilliant, a record like this makes it clear that R&B artists should stop calling David Guetta and look for new breath with the young and respectful producers from the futurist school of modern soul.