DJ Shadow & G Jones Are: NITE SCHOOL KLIK

Release Self-Titled EP Today
June 9th, Via Liquid Amber
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Premiere Eprom “Nice Nightmares” Remix
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Release Debut Mix on Nest HQ
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“Their three-track, self-titled EP features one brilliant piece of leftfield wizardry in “Nice Nightmares,” which brings all of the futuristic quirk to an intoxicating trap dream.”

-Complex

 

“Emerging from different decades, styles, and production techniques, the unlikely pairing was founded over a shared love for inventive and inspired bass music, and after working on only two productions together, Shadow and G realized their evident chemistry and Nite School Klik was born.”

-Nest HQ

“The duo’s debut mixtape is 45 minutes of twisted, hip-hop-infused beats that will be causing bass music producers the world over to raise their games immediately.”

-Vice Thump

 
 
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In an exclusive chat with Billboard, DJ Shadow and G Jones  revealed how their musical alias, Nite School Klik, came to fruition. The team up represents a new chapter for both Shadow and G Jones as they embark into a musical landscape of darkly- tinged melodies and bass-y builds that are the product of years of innovative sound design.

 

The mystery began swirling when the duo anonymously appeared via lead single “Posse” on a G Jones mixtape back in February 2015. “Posse” is the first taste of NSK, a sound Shadow and Jones describe as “Heavy, abstract and headsy, no real name/genre – but with a kind of dreamy/sci-fi feel to it.”

 

Listen to first single “Posse,” as heard on BBC Radio 6 via Mary Ann Hobbs 6 Music Recommendations

“seamlessly segueing from grimy ambient to speaker-rattling bass to 8-bit odysseys.”

-Rolling Stone

 

With this project, Shadow and Jones are attempting to push the boundaries of the music they are drawn to, and tracks like the epic, cinematic second single “Nice Nightmares” showcase their desire to reshape perceptions with the duo.”Nice Nightmares” is a bass masterpiece, whose ear-catching sonic landscape is packed with innovative sound design and perplexing instrumentals. Buzzy heatseeker Eprom also joins the project with an official remix of “Nice Nightmares.” Complex describes his work on re-envisioning the single as “tackling, dreamy synths, turning up the fuzz, and creating an even more intense track.”

 

Embarking on a new alias project is an unforeseen move for Shadow, as the last time he took on a secret project was as The Groove Robbers in the early 90s. The reason behind selecting a mysterious pseudonym for the project was both artists’ desire to experiment with new sonic elements and not feel the pressure of appealing to the connotations of their already established sound. “I’m trying to conceptualize my music in new ways,” reveals Shadow, “not necessarily trying to push the Shadow brand, but have the music be heard first without anyone trying to claim it. That’s why I didn’t want to come out at first and say who NSK are. My alias had tactical reasons 20 years ago, and NSK has tactical reasons now.”

 

“He has a whole different perspective on composition and making electronic music. Going into it, I didn’t really know what to expect because he’s a legendary artist I looked up to for a long time. We’re trying to make something that sounds like cool, contemporary and heavy hitting bass music that’s between genres. Something a bit more experimental — songs as opposed to DJ tracks.”

-G Jones

More On NSK:

The story begins with DJ Shadow on the road in 2012 along the All Basses Covered Tour, where he ventured away from his trademark sample-heavy sets to seek out new and current sounds. After rummaging through sites like Soundcloud and Bandcamp, Shadow stumbled across the Saturate! label, the home of acts like Bleep Bloop and G Jones, and began playing their music in his sets. During a fateful set in California at bass rave Emissions  in 2013, Shadow played out his new findings, dropping tracks by both Bleep Bloop and G Jones. After his set, a young man called to him saying “Hey man, you just played some of my music,” and he introduced himself as Aaron Triggs, aka Bleep Bloop.

Check out their debut mix via Nest HQ

Bleep Bloop turned out to be a vital dot-connector who linked up his good friend G Jones and Shadow. Shadow then sought out Jones, who he asked to open for his 2013 Seattle gig. After witnessing Jones’ skills on Ableton first hand, skills that Shadow describes as “super efficient and quick,” Shadow decided to make their musical relationship more permanent with the formation of Nite School Klik. “Jones’ real strong suit, in addition to putting beats together, is as an engineer,” says Shadow. “It’s one thing to understand music engineering, but it’s another thing to execute it well.”

“Last month Nite School Klik dropped the darkly digital single “Posse,” and now we’ve been treated to another cut, a slightly more aggressive, equally as moody number entitled “Nice Nightmares.” Laced with much of the creeping dread that filled DJ Shadow’s earlier compositions, the tracks are something of a departure from the hip-hop realm, a journey down a dark tunnel toward parts unknown.”

-Okay Player

 

“Last month, Nite School Klik dropped its lumbering, low-end laden debut “Posse” on DJ Shadow’s new Liquid Amber imprint without warning. The mystery duo’s combination of intrigue and innovative production sent the blogosphere into a speculative tizzy over the outfit’s identity. Bass heads need theorize no further. Billboard can now exclusively reveal that Nite School Klik is none other than Shadow himself and Santa Cruz up-and-comer G Jones.”

-Billboard

 

“DJ Shadow’s Liquid Amber imprint comes correct with another bass heavy beast of a tune. Psychedelic vibes on this one”.

-Magnetic Mag

“The EP’s lead single “Posse” which manages to blend the lines of bass music, hip-hop, and grime for an experimental, off beat melding of styles that sounds like nothing we’ve heard before.”

-This Song is Sick

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