The lost art of the sample-based album lives on through producers Paces Lift and Ben Bounce. The two traded spaghetti western beats on the high noon duel of Quick Trigger, the album that began their collaboration. If Quick Trigger was a western manifest, then follow-up Tropikoro is the tradesmen hitting the high seas for distant islands across the Pacific. Few operate in their terrain and Paces Lift and Ben Bounce have concocted beat records in a style all their own. The movements feel organic, the samples seamless, as the two producers’ techniques bond together. Born of a beatmaking challenge to make 30 beats in 30 days, a tradition the two producers have participated in since before Quick Trigger, their thematics lean on psych and tropical records only to be discovered in International vinyl bins. Both producers bring deep crates to their projects, to a point that even the sharpest ear for obscura can’t place these samples. Words, Blake Gillespie. Photography, Mike Monaghan. Projections, Jon Womack
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