Just Visiting

Just Visiting

by Anthony Valadez
     
 

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In today's electronic music environment, the line that separates producer from artist is getting fuzzier and fuzzier. Case in point: DJ and producer Anthony Valadez, who made his debut album by collaborating with a variety of musicians in different ways. Some would come to his apartment and record parts for him; others would send him

Overview

In today's electronic music environment, the line that separates producer from artist is getting fuzzier and fuzzier. Case in point: DJ and producer Anthony Valadez, who made his debut album by collaborating with a variety of musicians in different ways. Some would come to his apartment and record parts for him; others would send him files from as far away as Amsterdam, which he would then arrange or take apart and put back together. In addition, the 11 tracks on Just Visiting feature no fewer than nine different vocalists. Who is the "artist" in this scenario, and who is the "producer"? Does it matter, apart from the pesky question of publishing ownership and royalties? To the listener, it doesn't matter much at all; what does matter is the question of grooviness, and there is substantial grooviness here. The album starts strongly but gently, with "Asleep," a nicely understated groove featuring lovely overdubbed vocals by Anna Wise (of Sonnymoon). Elsewhere you'll hear jazzy tracks with slightly cheesy Fender Rhodes piano ("Sunny Spot"), hints of dubwise ambience ("Walking Away," "Yolden Gears"), crooning bedroom R&B ("Under Water"), and Latin-tinged jazziness with a subtle Kip Hanrahan feel. Nothing on this album is going to fill any dancefloors; the beats are too soft and the funk is too gentle. It's more along the lines of the thinking person's make-out music.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2012
Label:
Plug Research
UPC:
0612651013324
catalogNumber:
10133

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anthony Valadez   Primary Artist,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Kalimba
Dexter Story   Drums
Damon Aaron   Guitar,Vocals
Rebekah Raff   Harp
Miles Bonny   Trombone
Nick Rosen   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Josh Lippi   Bass
Derek Taylor   Drums
Shaunte Palmer   Bass,Keyboards
Evan Lasry   Keyboards
Ben Scwier   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Damon Aaron   Instrumentation
Nick Rosen   Instrumentation
Def Sound   Programming
Anthony Valadez   Programming,Producer
Full Crate   Vocal Mixing

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