By: Gracie Roberts
Since 2007, Charleston-based DJ and producer Pericles
has been sharing his style of future bass music with EDM lovers up and down the east coast. In his time as a solo artist, Pericles has had the privilege to perform along artists including Shpongle
, Pretty Lights
, Eliot Lipp
and Big Gigantic
His newest release, Ancient Desert
, was made available to the public last week via Vermin Street
. In addition to seven original tracks, the album features remixes from Freddy Todd
, Charlie P, Brad BiTT
, and a collaboration with Rillo G.
’s second track is “Echoes of Ghosts”, a haunting piece that gives listeners chills within the first few moments of experiencing Pericles’ sound. “Echoes of Ghosts” showcases the artist’s ability to incorporate a dub sound into his range of musical expertise.
Following “Echoes of Ghosts” is “Shaniqua,” a track that Pericles released to his fans prior to the official drop of the album. Featuring ear-catching synth lines and laser beam-like sound effects, “Shaniqua” is a compelling mix of lighthearted dance music and the grimy, crunk sound that Pericles is most known for.
“Portal Hopping” is an upbeat track that includes a mind-bending melody laid on top of a beat that encourages dancing, clapping, and overall pandemonium in its listeners. A remix of “Portal Hopping” is also included on the album, where Charlie P puts a culturally-infused spin on the track. By including a sitar melody in the remake of the track, “Portal Hopping” becomes a song that presents aspects of classical Indian music in its sound.
Pericles’ collaboration with Rillo G, “Is What,” closes the album with a glitchy, hip-hop sound. Vocal samples and a snappy beat make this team effort completely necessary for a proper conclusion to this diverse collection of music.
After years of soul searching, Ancient Desert
has served as a vehicle with which Pericles can finally share the ancient knowledge he has gained during his travels. With his high level of talent as a producer and ability to successfully present a mixed bag of electronic styles, Pericles will not allow his newest creation to go unnoticed.