Reele is a hip hop producer based in Louisville, Kentucky. With upcoming projects to be released via Wavehouse, Reele, in the meantime, has dropped his debut EP “A New Path”. To be creative and stay creative one needs to be around other creative minds. Moreover, if there’s no soundtrack to creativity one might have trouble tapping into and unlocking that creative process.
Today the beats that provide the soundscapes for rappers to paint their lyrical pictures upon has become almost everything for the genre. They are able to take hip-hop artists to the next level, so I recommend this instrumental EP by Reele if you’re into artistry.
The reason is that when you listen to “A New Path” you quickly catch onto elements of the production, and you start to realize that it isn’t simply just a rhythm to back the lyrics, like a lot of hip-hop production, but a musical masterpiece like no other.
You can even hear all the vocal samples and there’s a lot more to every beat than a simple sample looped repeatedly. The sequencing of the instruments is also phenomenal. The EP can also serve as either something to listen to for pleasure or a freestyling tool.
As a sound designer Reele is supreme. From the minute the opening intro track, “From Above”, kicks in, you’re know you’re in for something different. Chill, laid-back and filled with dynamic ambiance, the track is simply mesmerizing.
On these tracks Reele finds a nice wedge between warm, intentionally slow and intimate compositions, a la chillwave, and urban sophistication. In this sweet spot, he treads a fine line between soothing hip-hop beats and multifaceted sonic landscapes that warrant very close listening.
Reele’s music is easily digestible. The production is meticulous, and though each track is seemingly light on variation, once you really dial in (or put your headphones on) you will discover that “A New Path” is a subtle panoply of rhythms and musical ideas – with the soulful “Mother Nature” being a prime example.
“Finale” bangs, refines, delivers, and then melts away with a light touch. And therein lies Reele’s genius; his music not full of cheap ear worms and it doesn’t betray its own nature, and so strikes that perfect balance of being memorable and addictive without being cloying or labored – something he confirms with the piano-driven “Green Cross (Outro)”.
“A New Path” channels the immediacy and self-assurance you’d expect from an experienced producer and sound designer, and is imbued with a remarkable sense of space and atmosphere. The EP is not only a signal of the producer’s creativity but also as a sign of just how malleable Reele’s work can be.