YSE Saint Laur'Ant glides through shades of funk on 'Tomorrow' EP
The Vinyl Only release features six imaginative edits from the Dubai-based producer
Long-serving producer Ant Plate arrives with his first release of 2022, adopting his familiar YSE Saint Laur'Ant moniker for a six-track voyage into kaleidoscopic edit territory.
Actively producing for well over two decades under various guises, the British artist has released a dazzling array of titles over the years. Recording solo as YSE and YSE Saint Laur'Ant, and as one half of Rhythm Plate (alongside Matt Rhythm), he's notched up releases on labels including Whiskey Disco, Kolour LTD, Hudd Trax, DiY Discs, and Mantis Recordings among many others.
The 'Tomorrow EP' lands on his Vinyl Only imprint – a label originally set up while Plate was based in Hong Kong. “[I] set up and started releasing my Vinyl Only Label from there, and recorded various local session musicians for my YSE & YSE Saint Laur'Ant outputs all whilst in Hong Kong,” he tells Mixmag Asia. Having since relocated to Dubai, Plate continues to operate the highly regarded label from the emirate, with his releases routinely topping sales charts and selling out worldwide. The label's success is all the more impressive considering the distinctly hands-off approach Plate takes fanning promotional flames, preferring, as he does, to “ let the music speak to the heart.”
The 'Tomorrow' EP is the label's 14th release and represents the third instalment of a four-part collection that will together form the first YSE Saint Laur'Ant album. The A-side bursts with a heavy funk flex, with the sliced horns and hard-hitting beats of 'Grifter', the rolling groove of 'Now I Am God', and the feel-good organ motifs of party jam 'Look Who's Here'. On the reverse, the summery vibraphones of 'Flight Of Eros' cascade over infectious bass and propulsive congas, before the lazy harmonica of 'Homemade Sunday Roast' marks a blissed-out change of pace. Finally, 'Never Got To Say Goodbye' sees things out on a poignant note, with delicate piano keys echoing over a sparse panorama.
YSE Saint Laur'Ant 'Tomorrow EP' is out now, you can buy it here