Listen: JCAL - Palm Trees & Most Thieves
Impressive stuff from a Perth newbie.
Nine tracks on Soundcloud (with one track scoring over 10K plays) within six months of starting out as a producer is a pretty solid innings, hats off to Perth producer Jack Calneggia - aka JCAL - for quietly putting in work of late. JCAL, whose currently doing it proper studying music at the WA Academy of Performing Arts has recently uploaded two dope tracks - Palm Trees and Most Thieves - to his Soundcloud, which is a good excuse for us to turn the spotlight on this young chap.
Most Thieves, a track feat. Most Art, is some damn smooth stuff that could hold it's own amongst some of the finer L.A. Soulection-style beatmakers out there. Loving the slower-paced groove, that sunset-drenched electric guitar and those lush R & B vocals.
Palm Trees - while still cruisy - is a bit more bubbly. Another beautiful offering from JCAL, made all the better by local singer Pho's soul-goddess vocals - press play below and let it wash over you while you read the rest of this piece.
JCAL has been putting out some hella relaxed rap beats, ripe with the feels, counting Mr Carmack and Ta-Ku as among his musical influences. As well as entrancing Perth dancers with sets at local clubs Good Shepherd and Jimmy’s Den last year, JCAL worked on a few collaborations, producing and mixed a track for 15 year-old Perth rap talent Toyotomi Hideyoshi and linked with Max Black for some chill, dizzy-ed out instrumentals.
He's one fourth of the ‘4AM Collective’, a group of young Perth electronic musicians making dreamy, slightly sinister beats. They all work individually on their own projects, but stick close as creatives, inspiring and assisting each other.
Two of these side projects are thriving: including Degucci, which JCAL holds down with fellow Four AM Collective member Sleeves, and his project with Perth singer Phoebe Gunson - Phocal - that brings together JCAL’s down-stated, hypnotic beat work with Gunson’s strong, soulful vocals. The duo’s track Jill burnt up local radio airwaves last year - keep an eye out for a Phocal EP that’s due for release soon.
Here's Jill below: