Project Pablo

Moon King “Voice of Lovers SOBO Mixes” (Sobo)

2020-05-21T20:50:26+00:00May 21st, 2020|

SOBO’s parent label, Arbutus Records, requested alternate dance mixes of Moon King’s hit album “Voice Of Lovers” from three long time companions: Dane, Cooper Saver and SOBO’s own Patrick Holland. All created and collected for SOBO’s 10th record. Smashing out the gate is Cooper’s mix of “Free Time”. His signature percussion and arp combo barrels down the scope of the song without ever coming up for air. Aptly chosen as the lead single, this mix gets the music video treatment from the elusive Dr. Cool. On the other side of the spectrum, Dane and Patrick rework “6 Months”, into two unique mellow trips. While Dane’s focuses on the groove, Patrick’s aims for the heartstrings.

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Patrick Holland “Simstim” (Verdicchio Music Publishing)

2020-05-21T20:50:26+00:00May 21st, 2020|

Inspired by Gibson’s ‘Neuromancer’, Patrick Holland dives deep into the ambivalent future with Simstim. Also known for work as Project Pablo, Simstim uses familiar motifs with a more personalized touch. Pointillist melodies lay in a wash of noise artifacts, as pulsating rhythms fray subtly falling between sections, all delicately glued together with blissful harmonies. For the dancer and/or headphone listener alike.

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Project Pablo “Inside Unsolved” (Spectral Sound)

2019-11-08T04:39:09+00:00November 8th, 2019|

For over five years, Canadian artist Patrick Holland has developed an inimitable perspective on melodic, freewheeling house music. And the myriad tracks he writes as Project Pablo have come to embody both the sensibilities of the producer and the environs of his Montreal home. Inside Unsolved, Project Pablo’s dynamic four-tracker for Spectral Sound, specifically looks to Holland’s local clubs and Canada’s dance music past for inspiration. The old records of labels such as Steel City and Map Music course through the lush synths of emotional roller “Pressure No Impact” and the light-footed swing of “Big Room Delusion”. While standing on the dancefloor at MUTEK two years ago, Holland dreamt up “Pill” in all of its billowy, percussive charms. Lead track “The Solution” cool-y and confidently kicks things off with the kinds of earworm synth lines, rich atmospheres, and effortless grooves now synonymous with Project Pablo. Inside Unsolved is yet another classy and classic record from an unstoppable force of quality dance music.

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Project Pablo “Sofware” (Verdicchio Music Publishing)

2019-10-31T23:39:35+00:00October 31st, 2019|

Release #4 on Verdicchio Music Publishing arrives close behind pop driven single “All I Need” in contrasting fashion. Sliding away from robust stabs, and immodest piano hooks, “Sofware” is more genial. While warm, sustained chords blend with tearjerking melodic accents, no specific element takes the lead; the title track is a communal venture. “Dead Channel” follows along similarly, with a timid warble at its core. Halfway through, the harmony seems to all fall apart, but the groove continues and the melody sings to the finish. The B side fades in with a beat-absent number featuring wafts of phased out strings and a sporadic melody that bends and shrieks, all twisted up by a dying Vestax delay. Starting calm, “Scroll Up” moves through waves of soft pads, juggled percussion and digital organ, into a sea of weighty sub and synthetic keys, swiftly followed by a crescendo of progressive stabs and wailing vocals…. not to give it all away. This record was made in a windowless room at the top of Montreal’s Saint Hubert Plaza.

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Project Pablo “All I Need / Eye Mask On, Think About Everything” (Verdicchio)

2019-08-02T03:15:18+00:00August 2nd, 2019|

The result of Polish Crooner Better Person (Byczkowski) and Canadian Producer Project Pablo (Holland) enjoying a summer studio session in the heat of 2018: “All I Need” fixates on the importance of a good time. Influenced by euro dance and trance classics, the two forged a 140 bpm shameless, melodic overload with dramatic builds and everything you would (not) expect from these two gentlemen. The flip sees Holland ride solo for 9 minutes and 9 seconds: an eyes closed trip through dubbed out chords, melancholic strings, and slamming percussion…. full steam ahead.

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Project Pablo “There’s Always More At The Store” (Technicolour)

2020-03-07T06:23:17+00:00April 5th, 2018|

Project Pablo announces new EP “There’s Always More At The Store”, released 6th April 2018 on 12” and digitally via Ninja Tune’s Technicolour imprint. The Canadian producer has built an impressive discography in recent years with a stream of quality releases via labels such as Clone’s Royal Oak imprint, Spring Theory, Lone’s Magicwire and most recently his “Hope You’re Well” EP on Ninja Tune’s Technicolour imprint. Pitchfork were quick to acknowledge his unique production style and innate ability to balance the openness and experimental qualities of the back room and the hooks and sonics of the main room describing previous single ‘Is It Dry?’ as “a rarity: peak-time techno that won’t rot your brain or insult your intelligence, with appeal from the basement to the big leagues”. Following recent excursions channeling the big room sound, he returns with a sleeker, more refined EP. “For this record I pushed my self to keep things more minimal than usual, in a relative sense.” he explains. “Focusing on repetition in melody, rhythm and harmony, putting a lot of trust in my initial ideas and letting them play out. It was harder to stop than to add more.” The resulting five tracks span upbeat opener ‘Napoletana’ – “a rough and ready duet between a MFB 522 drum machine and Juno 106”; through the swirling improvised piano loops of ‘Last Day’ – recorded in an hour just before he packed up his gear at the studio of fellow Montreal residents Braids and moved it all home; to the bumpy 2-step of ‘Less and Less’.

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Project Pablo “Hope You’re Well” (Technicolour) 

2018-01-20T21:32:19+00:00January 20th, 2018|

Having spent the last few years establishing himself as one of the world’s most consistent makers of melodious, head-in-the-clouds deep house and blissful electronica, Project Pablo has secured a deal with Ninja Tune offshoot Technocolour. His first outing for the imprint is as colourful, hazy and tuneful as you’d expect, with glistening opener “Is It Dry?” setting the tone. The Montreal-based producer breaks up the beats a little on the cheeky but dreamy analogue funk of “No Sweat”, before dropping a fistful of happy pills on the bustling, up-tempo dream house revivalism of “You Know”. Finally, he explores his long-held love of breakbeat-driven tracks on the yearning but jaunty brilliance of closer “Oh Fer Sure”.

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Project Pablo “Night Shift” (Club Lonely)

2017-09-17T00:55:05+00:00September 17th, 2017|

We’ve come accustomed to hearing dreamy and sumptuous fare from Project Pablo, so it’s slightly disarming to find him in a more forthright mood on this Club Lonely debut. Of course, his love of tactile, mood-enhancing chord progressions remains in tact, as is proved by lead cut “Night Shift”. Yet these dreamy touches merely serve as garnish atop a bustling and occasionally booming chunk of ghetto-house inspired dancefloor bump. “It’s Not The Dream”, a dusty and decidedly intergalactic acid track, is arguably more in-keeping with his usual fare. The Club Lonely Remix of the same track is an altogether more slamming experience.

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Project Pablo “Scented Trip” (Spring Theory)

2017-05-08T00:03:02+00:00May 8th, 2017|

When tripping around sight becomes blurred, sound turns to noise, but scent remains genuine. Attractive or repulsive it stimulates the everyday. The equilibrium is essential. “Scented Trip” mimics this balance between monotony and interest, for you to feel. Hooks and harmonies drive one side, while repetition pushes the flip.

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Project Pablo “One For Some” (Clone Royal Oak)

2017-03-28T21:44:56+00:00March 28th, 2017|

Project Pablo slinks up to Clone Royal Oak with the classically schooled house grooves of the One for Some EP, the latest in a quest that has taken him to Lone’s Magic Wire, 1080p, Church and Hybridity Music over the last few years.

This is his most diverse haul yet, swinging from the scissoring hi-hats and funky stabs of No Rush to hushed beatdown in Dustman and a killer bit of dark, skeletal garage with In The Locale, to check out on the Japanese house-sounding upswing of Enough.

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Project Pablo “One For Some” (Clone Royal Oak)

2017-01-21T01:38:54+00:00January 21st, 2017|

Project Pablo slinks up to Clone Royal Oak with the classically schooled house grooves of the One for Some EP, the latest in a quest that has taken him to Lone’s Magic Wire, 1080p, Church and Hybridity Music over the last few years.

This is his most diverse haul yet, swinging from the scissoring hi-hats and funky stabs of No Rush to hushed beatdown in Dustman and a killer bit of dark, skeletal garage with In The Locale, to check out on the Japanese house-sounding upswing of Enough.

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Project Pablo – “I Want To Believe 12” (1080p)

2015-09-21T00:20:49+00:00August 24th, 2015|

“Four tracks lifted from Vancouver via Montreal producer Project Pablo’s blue-tinged walk through Little Italy; chunky disco and hybrid house inspired by ultra-real types of smoothness like George Benson, Sade or Steely Dan (“Aja”, that is) and relocating perceivably dated cafe-culture styles of groove-focused house into a newly sincere context.”

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