NJC, aka Nat Clarkson, is back with a new track after a hiatus from d&b. The track, Cascades, which features Mr Lee, is available as a free download from the SoundCloud page of Ambiel Music, Nat's new label.
NJC first found an outlet for his music back in 2003 with releases on labels like L Plates, Function and Timeless. His recent time away from the scene has allowed him to work in other areas of the music business. Since his last release in 2005, Nat has set up labels in the reggae world, as well as producing reggae artist YT. Showing his versatility, he has also acted as producer / engineer for a number of artists in fields as diverse as ska and funk, trance and rap / pop. The experiences he has gained will feature on his debut album, which is expected to drop towards the end of 2011.
Cascades was written and worked on from 2009 to this spring, and features the interesting angle of live bass from Mr Lee. The result of a jam session between producer and musician, the basslines are complimented by tough, sinewy synths and rolling drums.
"It wasn't until I stumbled across it earlier this year that I remembered that Mr Lee had played the bass on the track," NJC tells us. "I basically spent an afternoon working on it and that's it. Sometimes it's nice to have time away from tracks and helps to give new inspiration. I find that with the workload of all the other stuff I'm working on that it helps to give me new ideas and creates distance from the projects."
And he certainly is busy with other stuff. As well as his own career, Nat is also involved in the production, artist development and remixing on the label.
Words: Gideon Thomas
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