[GDD™ Premiere] CRISP – Born Again EP

“New York’s premier beat-blaster,” CRISP, comes through with a special treat to kick off 2013 in proper fashion. By evolving from his previous methodology for creativity, he has brought new life to his artistic music production on his Born Again EP. With a different story of inspiration behind each track on the EP, there is depth and soul to the diverse sounds that stem from the 90s and blossom for the new age of dance music. After the jump, you’ll find the words from CRISP himself giving insight into those stories of inspiration. Read up and enjoy the music.

Bass Squad will be throwing a release party on January 24th in NYC celebrating this release as well as releases from New York’s Figgy(Symbols Recordings) and Creamdream. Details announced shortly here!


“*Born Again* represents a significant shift in my creative mentality. The
writing process, which took place over the last three months, was based
primarily on a trial and error approach. I had to create a palate of 
authentic 90’s sounds and contextualize them in as fluid and natural a
canvas as possible. I started with the T.I. remix, this track was key to
develop the new aesthetic as well as experiment with different
 arrangements. Throughout the EP, the chords and the sub are the most 
important elements, so I started with these as the framework. Next, it was 
important for me to tie in a thematic element to make all the melodies and 
beats come to life. The “Why You Wanna,” Remix is anchored by “In Da
House,” and the concepts in “Under the Arbor,” are solidified in “The Blue
Whale.” The two pairs of tracks represent the two thematic keystones I was 
trying to capture: youth and decadence. Youth was very personal for me, 
and “Under the Arbor” and “The Blue Whale” draw upon a lot of memories and
 feelings from my past. I have spent every summer of my life on Nantucket, 
and the island dominates the way I remember my childhood. My family owns
small cottage that is very authentic way Nantucket used to be before it
experienced a dramatic commercialization in the late 90’s. The Blue Whale
is the name of my house and, yes, there is an arbor in the backyard. From
cookouts, to wiffle ball and old friends, to dirty tennis whites and sandy
beds – This part of the EP is derived from the time, emotions and memories
 of this special place.

The other two tracks are a vision of what the rave culture in the early
 90’s was like. Rave culture today is a rather disappointing spectacle. It’s
a noisy arms race that blasts maximal stimulation at a generation that is
too over stimulated to process anything. It’s a cheap trick, a fad that is
no more fleeting than the drugs sustaining the plastic sense of identity 
and instant sense of gratification the culture enables. I wanted to create
a party tune that brings you back to a simpler time where the hook and the
melody was the only thing that mattered. The scene was a merely secondary 
consideration. Decadence and Narcacissm have always defined this culture,
but the early 90’s presented this vision while it was still raw in the
artist’s minds. Before it had become all it could be. Before its decline 
into the bloated and washed out state it exists in today. Although I’m too
young to have experienced this culture first hand, I drew from the pioneers 
of this generation. Acts like Altern-8, The Prodigy and The Outlander
guided me to the heyday of the rave sound, that brief window in the early
 90’s where the music was the party. The result: In da House, a track which
 anchors around a simple vocal hook and a catchy string melody.

As the divisive lines between different subsets of our popular culture
 disappear, we are losing the distinctions that have defined America’s
creative ingenuity. Every genre of music has its proper setting, but as
different sounds and ideas have been crushed together by the inertia of the
internet, the context and situational aspect of music has vanished.
 Although it is foolish to fight the change, and hybridization is a natural
 function of the postmodern zeitgeist, do not lose your ability to discern
between what is good and bad. When you are constantly bombarded by a 
ceaseless flow of information and culture, it can be hard to separate the
dross from the product of exceptional vision. Protect your ears. Listen 
critically. Challenge yourself to distinguish between things that exhibit
integrity and virtue, and those that don’t.”