Different Sleep – “Damage”

Image via Friends of Friends
Image via Friends of Friends

It’s no secret that anyone with a budget or a nifty mouse can get a grip of samples via any assortment of online purchasing options. Lex Luger risers, tuned 808s, arpeggiated Rhodes piano leads… the options are truly endless when you just do a quick Google search. The democratic availability of samples has made it so that anyone can be a producer. For electronic music, samples have also become part of it’s aesthetic core. Many of today’s up-and-coming producers reference Justice as a primary influence, noting their inventive use of sampling and way of writing *with* samples – it’s gotten to the point where not using samples in electronic music production has become almost anachronistic. With that said, it’s those with an actual background in musical training, that are going to time and time again come out ahead of the pack. Friends of Friends‘ newest signee, Different Sleep, is ahead of the pack.

The Chicago-based, San Diego-born producer and electronic music artist Different Sleep dropped his debut FoF single “Damage” on The FADER earlier this week. The track is chilled out and relaxed. For some, it might be *too* relaxed… Different Sleep’s “Damage” similarly yet oddly reminds me of a lot of the plunderphonics and experimental music that’s been in my rotation lately. “Damage” has a really cool arrangement where Different Sleep’s loops play in a similar fashion to plunder phonics; a style of music whose core is entirely samples. The crazy thing is that uses zero samples, save for Sleep’s own voice and recordings. This though is also a lot more accessible then a lot of plunderphonics. This is just really good music in my opinion. I really like the moody pianos and the obvious willingness to be different. Enjoy the stream below and be on the look for his debut EP, Conflict, out April 22nd. Sleep’s not asleep.