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Bands We Like: Oakland's Wake Keeps Beats Concrete

Talk about Un-Google-able.

Image credit: Wake/MySpace

I found another one, guys. Looks like there’s a whole stash of these sick beatmakers in the grab bag that is LA, and every time I reach in and pull one out, it becomes my new favorite.

This time around, however, I was tricked into falling for a guy from Northern Cali. Wake is based in Oakland, but he’s with the LA-based Proximal collective, a group we’ve just begun to tell you about.

Like his cohorts, Wake has a crisp sound that incorporates less ambient noise and more G-funk than the more well-known producers from the area. This is their competitive advantage. While the rest are experimenting with synthesizing dream states, Wake is just making chunky beats that require neck braces.

From the bits and pieces I’ve heard, he creates beats in two general styles: The boom bap beat, and the bizarro club beat. An example of the first can be heard below.

For further listening, check out his recent single here.

Keep an eye on us, and we’ll keep an eye on Wake.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F11571390 Wake – ButtaBump by proximalrecords

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Written by M

March 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm

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