Incise – Beat Maker | Producer | DJ
Canadian beat maker Incise has carved out a loyal following with his jazzy hip hop vibes and sunny sounds – and now he’s branching out, adding more ambient and electronic notes to his production. Check out the more diverse sounds on his latest release Bitfuul below…
The Toronto native started out in 2002 scratching records and DJing and after spinning at the regional DMC Canada scratch competition in ‘04 began to make serious moves into production and beat making. His debut release Nobody’s Story showcased a collection of jazzy hip hop beats laced with sultry melodies and rich harmonies – it was a powerful musical entrance. Soothing and harmonic piano notes seep through many of the tracks – the sounds of late legendary producer- Nujabes providing clear inspiration - Scorpion Tail featuring rapper Need Not Worry and Nothing to Do proved particularly memorable. The drum and guitar infused Drifting revealed Incise’s broader influences, whilst Quite Like It emphasised the musician’s roots in Jazz-Hip Hop and scratching to stellar effect.
Life and daily events resonate through all of Incise’s creative output and the release of Daily Methods in 2010 bought these themes even more into focus. The three instrumentals, Sunrise, Mid-day and Sunset chart changing moods in a day – masterfully created, they are a joy to take in and showcased a greater maturity in the artist’s production. Nieve, Okay City, Tunji of Inverse and Dan Johns all feature on the record – complementing Incise’s slick beats with original and intelligent lyrics throughout.
Bitfuul is the first we’ve seen of Incise in a while and hopefully its release will mean another record is on the horizon because whatever genres the talented producer chooses to blend it will no doubt be worth listening to. Incise’s future is exciting and with the artist influenced by all forms of music he’s certainly not dictated by fads or pressure from the industry , as is so cleverly expressed in Paving the Way - “I clench my first in anger, rather happiness keep me full | The artist is the matador, the industry’s the bull”