Project Pablo’s newly minimal west coast house uplifts, drifts and dominates a room, its beats roaming through sustained chunky chords and melodic synth oddities alike, untroubled percussion and delay disturbed bass.
Starting out as a producer in Vancouver, Patrick Holland naturally fell in with the relaxed house vibes of underground label 1080p, which began its vinyl series with an EP of three cuts from Project Pablo’s tape-only album I Want to Believe, plus a new tune stacked with disco bass, strings and guitar. In a co-production with Wolfey, he veered straight onto the dancefloor with a percussive arrangement of acid-synth power chords, deep vocals and steady kick drums. A move to Montréal brought more collaborative projects and EPs that saw Project Pablo experimenting with a balance of melodic experimental techno and hi-fi minimal house made for big rooms. A collaboration with Brooklyn-based producer Max McFerren as 2 Responsible lead to adventures in outsider house that open a prismatic inter-dimensional door on underground dance music. As Jump Source with Francis Latreille, the duo went analog and modular in the studio, riffing and layering vocal samples and synth chords over hooky house basslines. And in Rest Corp, Project Pablo and Khotin dive into dub-addled arpeggiated house, heavy basslines and intense filters.
On the heels of releasing a new EP of darker-edged exploratory techno rife with gleaming hooks and ample bass, Project Pablo returns to MUTEK with a brand new live set on the MTELUS main stage, unlocking his love of electronic sound purity within his natural high-energy momentum.
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) - BWR Room
WHO: Montréal-based Vancouver musician, producer and DJ Patrick Holland (also: P. Holland and 8prn)
STYLE: Chunky synth lines, bright warm house, shimmering melodies, intoxicated uptempo jams
LATEST: Jervis Pump Station EP with Wolfey (2016), I Want to Believe (2015)
LABELS: 1080p, Hybridity Music, Church
MORE: Co-heads the ASL Singles Club label and collective, with Devin White
MUTEKs: Montréal: 2015
Project Pablo’s west coast house drifts and dominates, weaving into an iridescent blanket that covers the whole room. Producer Patrick Holland wanted to make electronic music that seemed like it was made by a disco-funk band – thankfully his modern handmade house is better than that sounds – though there’s kitsch around the edges, the heart of Project Pablo beats along to sustained chunky chords, effortless cool lo-fi percussion and delay disturbed bass.
In Vancouver, Holland naturally fell in with the relaxed house vibes of 1080p, the west coast Canadian underground label that trades mostly in cassettes and chillness – 1080p even began its vinyl series with an EP of three cuts from Project Pablo’s tape-only album I Want to Believe, plus a new tune stacked with disco bass, strings and guitar. He adds another direction to Project Pablo in this year’s co-production with ASL Singles Club artist Wolfey, veering straight onto the dancefloor with an EP on London label Church – a percussive arrangement of acid-synth power chords, deep vocals and steady kick drums.
Project Pablo returns to MUTEK after setting a groove to the early-summer breeze at the outdoor parterre stage last year and right before embarking on a five-week European tour. This time he’ll be lighting up the MAC’s black box room with a new live set featuring tracks from a triplet of dance discs released in the spring.