San Proper

San Proper (NL)

PREMIÈRE CANADIENNE

C'est avec une série de cinq parutions sur étiquette Rush Hour en 2007 (« Proper’s A’dam Family Series ») que San Proper a laissé savoir à la planète électronique qu'il venait de faire son entrée sur sa scène, et nombreux sont ceux qui ont été immédiatement interpellés. Proper est d'abord et avant tout un multiinstrumentiste remarquable, comme le démontre la spontanéité de ses grooves, ses percussions improvisées, ses synthés d'époque et d'autres touches organiques. Sa démarche artistique lui a valu d’attirer l’attention de l’éminent Ricardo Villalobos, qui l'a invité à remixer sa pièce « Electronic Water », tirée de ses sessions « Vasco ». Le résultat fut suffisant pour mener Proper à sortir un premier simple sur Perlon en 2009, « Keep It Raw/December 10th », sur lequel il a pris une tangente plus réfléchie et inspirée du techno. Resident Advisor écrivait, au sujet de ce simple, qu'il est une « version hollandaise de Villalobos : des rythmes intenses et insistants qui ne vous laissent pas une seconde pour souffler, mais si vous avez le courage de mettre la tête sous la surface, la récompense sera sans pareil. »

MUTEK // Piknic
MUTEK 2013, montreal

Jean-Drapeau Park 02/06/2013

After garnering broad underground attention with his myriad EPs on labels such as Dekmantel and Rush Hour Recordings, word of San Proper’s singular disco-house, laced with semi-earnest, semi-loony vocal extras, quickly spread with the release of his debut album, Animal (2012). In the studio, the Dutchman’s organic foundation embraces live percussion and computer-generated rhythms, onto which he then sprinkles sampled, synthesized sounds. His revealing lyrics allude to the ups and downs of life, akin to a singer-songwriter’s confessional diary – minus the self-serious tone. His practice draws upon electronic music and an indie-rock spirit, which translates into energetic live performances that display the full breadth of his exuberant persona. Swimming in a sea of synths, guitars and bass, San Proper doesn’t discriminate between analog and digital, instigating an inspired communion of rhythmic euphoria and eclectic experimentation. He returns to MUTEK after a thrilling 2010 Piknic set.

Piknic 2
MUTEK 2010, montreal

Jean-Drapeau Park 06/06/2010

CANADIAN PREMIERE

Making a grand musical entrance into the world of electronic music in 2007 with the well-regarded “Proper’s A’dam Family Series” of five EP’s on the Rush Hour imprint, Amsterdam house producer San Proper has made waves with several of electronic music’s leading lights. Proper is first and foremost a deft multi-instrumentalist, a fact reflected in the spontaneity and groove of his work, which regularly incorporate his hand-jammed percussion, vintage synths, and other self-fashioned instruments. The approach led to a call from minimal-techno kingpin Ricardo Villalobos, who invited the Dutch newcomer to remix his track “Electronic Water” from the Vasco sessions. The results were impressive enough to garner Proper his own Perlon single, 2009’s “Keep It Raw/December 10th”, which saw him shift into a more serious and techno-influence direction. Resident Advisor described the EP as a “Dutch take on Villalobos: Hard, unrelenting beats don’t give you much room to breathe, but if you’re willing to go underwater for a bit, there’s plenty to find.”

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