fat beats records is proud to present bakers dozen, an exclusive series that shines a light on the best minds of instrumental hip-hop, ambient, and electronic music. each installment gives one artist carte blanche to capture their signature sound. every volume’s limited vinyl pressing features one artist and twelve tracks, and comes equipped with a 5x7inch postcard insert that features a photo of the artists workspace along with the equipment used in their music-making process. visually cohesive and packaged with the utmost attention to detail, baker’s dozen is a series that speaks up for artists whose craft renders voices superfluous, whose instrumentals alone suffice to make a statement. volume nine highlights the guelph, ontario producer elaquent, who breaks down his creative process below: “since the beginning, my philosophy has always been that perfection is boring, so despite all the changes that have occurred with my equipment and system, that main philosophy remains the same. in the beginning it was all about flipping samples with fl studio and just my computer keyboard, and over the years, i added the mpd and masterkey in order to be able to jam out drums live and play keys, which speeds up the workflow. i like the effects on the 404, and theres a lot of dope ways to integrate my ipad into it, but at the end of the day, it starts with a melody or sample, and i kinda just let the vibe take over.
elaquent kicks off 2018 with his latest ep, celebrate life! celebrate life! is born out of reflection and graciousness, as expressed by elaquent, “life sucks sometimes. with all the depressing things that happen throughout the world, to people you know, to yourself even, it’s important to take a moment and appreciate the beautiful things the world has to offer, to prevent from going crazy. stay positive, celebrate life”. celebrate life! features collaborations with notable producers k, le maestro and dibiase.
growth is about adaptation, existing in transit, and nourishing flux. it gives us a reason to move on to our next project, challenges us, and feeds our creative hunger.
sona elango, as the multi-talented elaquent, captures a catalogue of experiences and feelings that span time zones from over the better part of 2016. elaquent has created a reflective sound weaving themes of travel and personal growth into the core of his music. worst case scenario is a record with roots in europe and japan, inspired by moments of reflection in hostels, airports, and trains.