Brooklyn-based producer Loveskills creates a unique style of music that has proven to be quite difficult to pin down, blending together elements of electronica infused R&B with pop sensibilities and occasional hints of hip hop. His 2013 release, the aptly titled Multiplicity, was described as everything from “a modern day pop furore” to “a diverse extra-sensory experience” to “a fusion of synth, bass, and subtle vocals” to “an oddly compelling hybrid of synth-pop and hip hop” and thankfully, it all breaks down to something “relentlessly accessible and stupefyingly catchy.”
Back with his newest collection of songs, laced with influences of both R&B and the trap or EDM you’d hear blasting from car stereos in Brooklyn, Loveskills has crafted another appropriately titled EP Pure which was created with just that sentiment in mind. Focusing on the heart of the song, rather than relying on computers and studio production during the writing process, Loveskills (aka Richard Spitzer) drafted all the melodies, chords, and lyrics for the EP with a focus on how it felt to sing and perform the songs on the piano before turning to electronics.
In such a way, Pure is a conceptual album, maintaining an unadulterated approach to songwriting and production. Spitzer recounts of his writing process: “I kept my ears away from new music even if it sounded amazing and especially if it was closely related genre-wise. Even if I liked what I heard, I would keep everything away in order to give my own music space to be itself.”
Pure is slated for release on November 4, 2014 via Brooklyn label No Shame (Black Taxi, Pompeya, Felix da Housecat). The six-song EP kicks off with a cover of Smashing Pumpkins’ “Luna” and proceeds with five pure, undiluted, entirely blissful tracks of the classic Loveskills sound.
What They're Saying:
"The Brooklynite producer's Pure EP is an adventure in electronic-pop that wriggles out of any sort of convention." - THUMP
"Multi-talented DJ, producer, artist, songwriter, vocalist, and all around musician Richard Spitzer has been churning out intelligent electronic compositions for quite some time." - Prefix
"...has that lyrical enchantment and instrumental charm that wraps around you like that warm feeling and excitement you get when it’s finally Friday. Oh, yeah, it’s that good." - Noise Porn
"dubstep, late ‘80s house beats and hip-hop, all couched in Spitzer’s jazzy futurism." - The Deli
"one-man synth and melody-driven act that sounds not unlike a Drake/Tangerine Dream lovechild." - Under the Radar