By Conor Hooley
Fledgling production duo Made You Look has hit the ground running with Perspective, an initial six-track offering from August Kaan and Marcus Jackson (a.k.a. DJ Ras Cus).
Things kick off with “Illusion,” which employs a haunting, heavily treated female vocal over monstrous drops and wobbles. The contrast of tinny vocals and impactful low end makes for great peak hour dancefloor fodder. The following track, “Frank White,” (a moniker of the iconic hip-hop star Notorious B.I.G.) does the same, featuring snippets of Biggie’s rhymes, a titanic bassline and a minimal-yet-catchy drumbeat. The result is sinister, deranged and, above all, incredibly compelling – just like its namesake.
Perspective then moves into remix territory, with the duo covering a wide range of source material: Ludacris’s “How Low,” Katy Perry’s “Extra Terrestrial” and Mr. Oizo’s “Rise to the Top,” respectively. The “How Low” remix blends Luda’s vocals with a lecherous, grinding backdrop that maintains the raunchy fun of the original within a bass-heavy framework. The “Rise to the Top” remix is also a winner, making good use of a pulsing breakbeat and the vocals from Eddie Amador’s classic underground anthem, “Rise.”
The album closes with “3:32 A.M.,” a third original production. Using a gated string sample and a chilled-out boom-bap breakbeat, it’s a refreshing and necessary wind-down.
Kaan and Jackson’s polished production skills and knack for sampling are on full display throughout Perspective, which proves to be another quality offering into the ever-expanding Fort Collins electronic scene.