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The dude wants people to fall in love […], hurt their hearts, make babies, maybe he even wants to fall in love while listening to his own song. That’s the closest bar-none definition to soul we can think of.” So wrote The Fader, extolling the virtues of one young Chicago-born, New York-residing, future star named Brenmar. With one foot rooted in R&B and the other deep in the club, this rising DJ/producer’s sound is accessible, playful even, but hard-edge enough to win fans in contemporaries including Brodinski, Drop The Lime, Ikonika and J-WOW of Buraka Som Sistema.
Sinden was so enamoured he opted to release Brenmar’s new EP, entitled Let Me Know (Tasting), on his prolific Grizzly imprint. “I've been trying to secure a Brenmar release since he started sending me his remixes and originals…,” the label boss remembers. “I’m a big fan of his and his energetic DJ sets, he's got that swagger that slots right in with the label – a fun playfulness, a rap sensibility, futuristic synth lines, low end bass, rolling syncopated drums. His debut on Grizzly is his strongest material yet. Fans will love it, and if you're a newcomer, welcome along!”
The EP opens with ‘So High’, a pneumatic beat – typically Grizzly – pulsing beneath a warped voice. Sinden explains, “It’s the street track on the release – it’s all about the hard hitting impact drums and sinister arpeggio synths. I love the live rewind signaling a breakdown, swapping in half time rolling 808 pitched toms. This is a beast, going extra hard in the club. A great opener to the EP.” Watch out for a stellar remix of this one from Fellow New York native Dubbel Dutch.
Lead track ‘Let Me Know (Tasting)’ winds a flirty female vocal over rolling UK Funky beats and frenetic synth stabs, Brenmar’s melting pot of influences coming to the fore to create an indisputable Summer club jam. According to Sinden it’s “quintessential Brenmar – his love of RnB on display here with the female hook, which is deftly chopped. I love the edits on the vocals on this, it's so damn catchy. Brenmar's a producer who finds amazing hooks but is never content in spinning out that same hook over 4 minutes, instead he keeps things interesting and works the loop over and over. It’ll draw in a dancefloor straight away, full of hi hat swing and character. A real charmer of track.”
Final track ‘Want Me’ is a softer but no less rousing future dancefloor anthem, imploring declarations of love (or lust) all ‘round. It’s also Sinden’s personal favourite. “I'm an absolute sucker for the melodies in this one. Again the RnB hooks are on point but for me the synths in this are untouchable, evoking an ‘80s Miami freestyle vibe but moving things into the future."