One of the newest additions to Gramtik’s Lowtemp Music family, French electro hip-hop outfit The Geek x Vrv, have some serious heat coming out of their studio. Their latest release, “Say It” is a superb specimen of electronic hip-hop at its finest. The beat is deep, sultry and soulful. The samples are spot-on. And the vibe is undeniably chill. But really, would you expect anything less from a pair of Gramtik-approved gents like these? Beside this one, the tempos and vibes vary throughout their catalogue; some tunes are more upbeat and electronic, while others are smooth and soulful like this one. Honestly, these guys sound really similar to Gramtik’s earlier Street Bangerz days, so if you liked that, you will definitely appreciate this. Be sure to snag this free download while you explore the Geek x Vrv’s other work, including excellent remixes and mixtapes, most of which are available for free on their Soundcloud. I think it’s safe to say that we can expect great things from these two in the future. Enjoy!
If you’re not familiar with the name, it is never too late to delve into the sounds and catalog of France’s remarkably talented and active duo, The Geek x Vrv. These two have always been a breath of fresh, rejuvenating air in the midst of the often suffocating and muggy atmosphere of electronic music. Heavy contenders in their domain, The Geek x Vrv have established themselves as an immensely versatile and proficient combination with a touch and taste for masterfully blending inlfuences into a bubbling stew of soulful-electronic jazz-hop funk.
As you’d expect from the name, ‘B.T.O.S Volume 3’ is the third installation to their B.T.O.S series which has thus far been an indulging treat. B.T.O.S Volume 3 is nothing less with its offering of a musical remedy for any time, setting, or state of mind. From the mood-lifting, body-girrating anthems like ‘Around You’ and ‘Trumpet Dancing’, to the cashmere-soft and smooth interludes like ‘Midnight Thoughts’ and ‘Good Bye’, The Geek x Vrv’s knack for tastefully infusing electronic sounds and hip-hop stylings into the fibers of soul, funk, and jazz will leave no ear unsatisfied. ‘B.T.O.S Volume’ 3 is available for free or for a courteous donation via Bandcamp.
A breath of fresh air in the current stream of electronic music, The Geek x Vrv have been steadily providing us with a balanced array of productions that fully embrace and tactfully blend funk, jazz, soul, hip-hop and electronic soundscapes. With an ever-growing catalog of polished and savory releases, the French duo is very soon set to release the third installment to their B.T.O.S series. If you missed ‘Volume 2‘, be sure to check it out as it’ll provide some insight as to what to expect when Volume 3 storm the web. For an even deeper look into what the new B.T.O.S compilation has in store, delve into ‘Midnight Thoughts’, a truly melodically uplifting hip-hop instrumental the highlights the sheer musical talent that The Geek x Vrv harbor and manifest into gems like this.
No one can dispute the fact that The Geek x Vrv are at the top of their game when it comes to producing hip-hop instrumentals with a touch of electro flavor. The duo hailing from France is always tossing up something that fits the mood, whether you’re looking for a casual, easy-listening experience or if you’re in the mood for a funk-laden groove that is going to get you up off your feet. ‘She’s Gone Now’ has been circulating for a bit and arrives as we wait for the arrival of B.T.O.S Vol. 3, the successor to the widely played B.T.O.S Vol. 2.. In typical The Geek x Vrv fashion, ‘She’s Gone Now’ is available for free via Facebook.
In celebration of reaching five-thousand likes on their recently founded Facebook, France’s magnificent electronic duo The Geek x Vrv have unleashed a new freebie onto the plates of their exponentially growing fan base. ‘Greece Sunrise’ once again showcases their capacity to create a finely tuned, crisp and heavy hip-hop influenced electronic production. The release hits with some vocals that are probably not understandable to your ear but that is what makes the release that much more impressive. The Geek x Vrv can throw something your way that is not even in your native language and it’ll get you up and moving with it. Definitely be sure to snag this up, and if you missed it, check out our brief interview with the duo that we ran earlier in the year.
If there is one movement that has unleashed a catalog of some of the freshest and tastiest productions in recent times, it is none other than the one pioneered by The City of Lights’s prolific duo, The Geek x Vrv. Comprised of Axel Rondeau and Vincent Téoulé, The Geek x Vrv have been behind so many flawless hip-hop instrumental styled electro funk productions, intoxicating listeners with punchy beats, savory ol’ school flavored samples, peerless instrumental licks and jazzy melodies.
As they continue to release at an astonishing and relentless rate, The Geek x Vrv will undeniably remain one of the hottest acts to erupt from France’s electronic music underground. In the wake of their sophomore B.T.O.S compilation, B.T.O.S Vol. 2, a ten track release with an irresistibly toothsome assortment of hip-hop instrumentals, we had the chance to ask the fast-rising duo about their inception, their recent EP, and what the future has in store for them.
HT: The sounds both of you put out is nothing short of top-notch. How did you meet and decide to start producing together?
Well we met through a mutual friend, we started to chat online, and then the idea of a collaboration came. Since the feedback we were getting was rather positive, we decided to carry on together.
HT: Do your musical musical taste and influences ever clash when producing, or are they always in agreement?
Usually we manage to agree on which style to use, so most of the time we are in agreement. Though there are exceptions. But we try to limit ourselves the least, so we don’t hesitate to propose original ideas.
HT: How would you two describe your style to someone who is not an electronic music fan but is about to listen to your music for the first time?
Grab Electro, Hip Hop, Soul & Jazz, mix all of these styles and you get something new and fresh. We’ve never thought about it to be honest, but we think we’d tell them that most of our tracks are “new with some old, something new and fresh”.
HT: Are you two producing with Ableton at the moment, and are there ever any live interments recorded into a track?
Yeah Ableton is great for us, and it’s the DAW we’ve been using for a while so it’s become really easy to produce now! For the instrumental part, we’ve started to gradually get into it, but as we are not natural musicians, it’s a bit hard. We’ll get the hang of it.
HT: ‘One Love EP’ was a bit heavier than some of the releases on ‘Amicalment Votre’ and ‘Chinese Morning’. Do you two see yourselves creating more bass heavy, maybe dubstep influenced productions in the future?
Actually One Love EP was produced 4 months ago. We make tracks based on how we feel at the time. We must have listened to electronic music at the time. Our influences evolve rapidly even if we try to keep a main line, so yeah, why not some tracks with more bass, or instead, a few more chill ones!
HT: You guys recently did a collaboration with Emiljo A.C. Is there a reason why it wasn’t released for free and are there any other collaborations in the works?
Our collab with Emiljo is available on Emiljo’s SoundCloud for free. We do have other collaborations in the works very soon, some remixs too. We’re lucky to be working with some great artists at the moment.
HT: Can you guys see yourself coming over to America for some performances in the States?
Of course! We would love to play in the USA some day. It would be a dream become true, so we’re gonna carry on making music and hopefully some day we’ll be able to come over!
HT: In both of your opinions, what was the best The Geek x Vrv release in 2013?
For us the best release of 2013 was the Flume remix, and [best] production, ‘It’s Because’.
HT: Biggest moment for The Geek x Vrv in 2013?
There hasn’t been a big moment for us yet because we only started playing in 2014, but I’d say our time with Tha Trickaz who talked about our EP on their label was the best moment. Having the chance to be contacted by artists we’ve always loved, listened to and seen live, is fantastic. And I’d add that our upload on the youtube channel “The Sound You Need” gave us great visibility and made us able to share our passion with more and more people, and when Pretty lights dropped our Flume remix in The HOT SH*T Podcast!!
HT: What is up ahead in 2014? There is BTOS Vol. 2, but beyond that, what can we expect from The Geek x Vrv in 2014?
Well 2014, we are gonna have loads and loads of stuff to release! After B.T.O.S Vol. 2, there is gonna be quite a few remixs and collaborations, then 2 new EPs, with one collaboration with an independant brand. We’d like to take the time to work on the release of a full album as well. And there will probably be a B.T.O.S Vol. 3, and always free of course! SO there is going to be a lot of new stuff, we are gonna be playing more and more live sets shortly so our live set is evolving too.
In three days, France’s fast-rising duo The Geek x Vrv is releasing its debut EP on Adapted Records. ‘One Love’ captures three new releases from the duo bundled with a snarling remix of ‘Everything’ from fellow countryman, Hosting Bass.
We first caught a taste of these two upon their remix of Pretty Lights’s ‘Around The Block’ and this forthcoming EP is testament to there growing and ever-evolving capacity to blend stomping beats, soul, funk, bass, and emotion into sultry electronic compositions. Get a taste of the full compilation with some previews and be sure to pick up a free copy on January 6th.