Bearcub’s ‘Underwaterfall’ EP is an immersive world of dream-like dizzying electronic tension. After receiving euphoric appraisal for the ‘Chroma’ EP, 25-year old Jack Richie experiments with lo-fi, future garage-esque, heavy and emotive electronica. It shrouds the listened and plunges them into a world of carefully selected samples and soulful hush. With each deep breath of claustrophobic transmissions, there’s a moment of silence then gently lets the listener relieve from the pressure.
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Opening track ‘Burning Up’ has an atmospheric sway-along feel to it. Toying with steel drum-sounding equipment and moody vocals. The title track ‘Underwaterfall’ is a progressive journey into lo-fi synths and compressions. With breathy vocals, Richie’s use of transmissions and angst create a feeling of tension and release. ‘False Mirrors’ takes a more up-tempo turn, layering vocals and looser melodies. Wrapping it up, SL001 plays with samples and bouncier beats. Here, he really showcases his ability to chop and mix tunes to create something that feels fresh and experimental.
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With a 1800-Dinosaur feel to him, it’s not surprising that the burgeoning talent has already been championed by the likes of Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Monki. With the support of Majestic Casual, Richie is taking his Bearcubs project on the road with a list of dates across the UK and Berlin.
20.03- The Crofters Rights, Bristol
22.03- Headrow House, Leeds
23.03- The Garage (Attic Bar), Glasgow
24.03- Mono, Brighton
28.03- Birthdays, London
05.04- Badehaus, Berlin
Bearcubs ‘Underwaterfall’ EP is available from 10th March