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Band of the Week: p.stoops 

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MEET THE BAND: Patrick Stoops (turntables, synthesizers, bass, drum machine, percussion)

MEET THE BAND: Patrick Stoops (turntables, synthesizers, bass, drum machine, percussion)

A CLASSICAL CASE: A former Scene contributor, Stoops started experimenting with electronic music in the late '90s. "I was really into the turntablists of that time, acts like Mixmaster Mike, RJD2 and the Invisibl Skratch Piklz," he says. "I studied music composition at Cleveland State, and my primary instrument was piano. I studied classical and jazz, and I specialized in turn-of-the-century French compositions." At Cleveland State, he also took a computers and music class that rekindled his interest in electronic music. He debuted his sample-based compositions starting with his 2014 EP, object permanence, and then followed it up with 2016's Ancient Computers. Over the course of his career, p.stoops has shared the stage with acts like Badbadnotgood, Open Mike Eagle, Serengeti, Astronautalis, Blockhead, Yoni Wolf and !!!.

EMBRACING AN URBAN VIBE: Stoops says he sees his new EP, Sentient Commuters, as a "spiritual sequel" to his previous full-length. "It's from the same world, but a lot of the samples in Ancient Computers are taken from bossa nova and jazz from the '60s, and I wanted something with more of a feel of mid- to late-'70s and early '80s. I sampled the French group Antena and this late '70s Motown singer named Mandré. He sounds like an early version of Daft Punk with vocoders and things like that. I wanted something that had more of an urban vibe to it. Ancient Computers was more about the natural world." Stoops recorded the songs at his home studio. "Because my writing and recording are so tied together, I can't go to a studio without dropping tens of thousands of dollars because of how much time I'm spending."

WHY YOU SHOULD HEAR HIM: Album opener "Neon Mausoleum" features vocal samples as well as melodic synthesizer riffs. Things get trippy on the instrumental "Public Beach," but Stoops again settles into a good groove on "Contemporary Travelogue." The album's single, "Get Money," features whispered vocals and sounds particularly menacing; it comes across as something that could be on the soundtrack to a heist film. "The sample that starts that whole track comes from an early '80s children's exercise record that was put out by Disney called Mousercise," he says. "It has this track written and performed by Edwin Starr. I like the bass line and vocal line, and I just built onto it with a chorus synth part from a Mandré track. Because of the types of things I often want to sample, I'm often listening to music that's never been popular."


WHERE YOU CAN SEE HIM: P.stoops performs with Young Teazer at 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, at Touch Supper Club.

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