Local Listen – NO-FVCE is Letting Bygones Be Bygones

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NO-FVCE (conspicuous “no confront ”-RRB- is the glitchy, sample-collaging, instrumental hip-hop job of a local region man called Noah. Not much more info is available about the guy, but perhaps he’so shy. His name is, after all, NO-FVCE.

Though he can be shy about showing his true individuality, NO-FVCE definitely doesn’t shy away from bold experimentation in his own beatwork. His most recent record, bygones (QS), starts off “morning,” a course comprised of layers of looped vocals that are cut brief to make an almost percussive rhythm. The loops then start to line up and fall into a mesmerizing beat woven out of a brief bass line, a twang of a guitar here and there, more vocal samples and lots of reverb, on top an extremely lo-fi quality recording of a drum kick.

“Szns” uses soulful vocal samples delivered through a high-pass filter, even whereas other vocal samples — albeit marginally more conversational — float dreamily over the spirit loop at a brief, almost transitional-sounding track. The trail then fizzles out and smoothly leads to “smallworld,” a percussive track ton using gentle, muted keys. This course in particular sounds like it had been produced by QSTN — however, NO-FVCE’s tracks are less bossanova-inspired and marginally more melancholy. 

“Workonit” sounds just like something off of Dilla’s & Donuts, & “redlight” starts to combine chopped piano keys using glitched-out vocals that are thrown and warped beyond comprehension. Some tracks, such as “redlight,” drag a little long to the point at which they start to sound just a little boring, virtually pesky to the ears–nonetheless Noah seems aware of that and ends the trail before it gets very grating.

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