As hip-hop labels go, few are as progressive and forward-thinking as Quannum (once known as Sole Sides), home to DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Latyrx, etc. The label already pushes the bounds of hip-hop and lately Quannum is branching beyond that.
Did you miss the great General Elektriks album Cliquety Kliqk last year? Boo on you. Herve Salters (he’s French; sorry, accent on the second ‘e’ in Herve) was the man behind that piece of snyth-driven electro-hop; the track Central Park, with dense layers of beats, synths and abstract nuances, is a gem.
Salters is now pushing his side project, Honeycut. On The Day I Turned to Glass, Salters still cuts/pastes/experiments, but the arrangements take on a more traditional pop-song form, fleshed out by soul-inspired vocals (Bart Davenport) and drum programming (Tony Sevener). Live strings and horns also come into play.
The first single, Shadows, weaves strings in and out of Davenport’s near-falsetto voice and driving drums. It’s an invigorating tune that leaves the potential for remixes wide open.
The Day I Turned to Glass comes out Sept. 26 on Quannum Projects.
Honeycut | Shadows