Returning to the fold with a wonderful array of carefully prepared sounds, Harmonious Discord founder JD Northrup presents the Night EP under his jdn project name. Previously releasing on the label under his moniker Chakaharta, he developed a reputation for blending modern electronics with natural rhythms and synthetic elements. Releases like “Cactus Girl” and his album The Plant were standout additions to the Harmonious Discord catalog.
Northrup’s jdn project encompasses the same balance of synthetic and natural elements but with an enhanced concentration on hardware based workflow. The entire EP was constructed in the box using various synthesizers and drum machines to program eccentric dance grooves, spanning many moods with a common thread of psychedelic flair and technical precision. It grows from a very subdued intro into freakish floor fillers like “Talk is Cheap.” Each number captures the same sci-fi sense of unchartered territory and discovery that was so prevalent in early house and techno, albeit with a deep, modern tint.
Harmonious Discord contributor and artist Patchen Preston joins in on the experiment, offering up a chunky rendition of the tune “C5”. Also taking part is the versatile Evan Marc aka Bluetech, one of Northrup’s favorite producers. His remix of “Night Groove” is stratospheric in nature with floating arpeggiations and bouncing percussion.
The Night EP explores sounds and arrangements from the subdued to the straightforward, cracking the code between boundaries and demanding the attention of anyone seeking to unleash more esoteric sounds upon the world.
Nick Warren - “Lovely deepness and groovy goodness.”
Danny Howells (Dig Deeper) - “Solid EP … will get stuck in.”
Nick Holder (DNH Records) - “This is dope!”
C-Rock (stir15 / Cocoon) - “Nice moods.”
Stacey Pullen - “This is cool.”
Tom Lown (Savoir Faire / Lost My Dog) - “‘Aeolian Intro’ has a real lushness that I like.”
Tyree Cooper - “Nice stuff.”
Thugfucker (Life and Death / Visionquest) - “Dreamy stuff … I look forward to trying it out.”
Pedro Goya (Troia Rec) - “What a nice surprise! jdn has serious skills … I really enjoy his rhythm sections and musical ideas.”
Rafael Moraes (Nomumbah / Yoruba) - “‘Night Groove’ is the bomb!”
Q-Burns Abstract Message - “I am really into ‘Aeolian Intro’ and ‘Night Groove’ … these really are my vibe.”
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch) - “Smooth and delectable late night moods here.”
Tyler Stadius - “These are tasty! I’ll try a few for certain.”
Martin Villeneuve (Hotfingers / Jungle Funk) - “Great deep stuff.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - “Cool selection of beats here, all fusing hypnotic sounds with some great percussion.”
Joey Silvero (Distant People) - “Moody and deep throughout … great feel here.”
DJ Di Costa (MoodyLushious Influences) - “These tracks possess a great amount of mysticism, deep and dark shaded beauty, and a seriously twisted but intelligent vibe.”
RJ Pickens (FloorControl Radio Show) - “Digging this EP! The deeper sounds with a slightly more uptempo feel = a very nice balance.”
Niksa Dragolin (Eurostar Radio, Croatia) - “Like the trees moved from the wind, this deepness is soft and relaxing with the beat always present. I like it.”
Available now from Beatport.