Verdance – Is and Is Not (Spotify)

“Stunning sound magic delivered by "Verdance". Interesting Downtempo blend with some House elements. Your new favourite track "Is And Is Not" has come to stay for long. From the intro utill the last fading seconds, your amusement is guaranteed!”

Verdance' is the Downtempo/Electronic alias of Instrumental Hip Hop Beatmaker 'Handbook'; Jake Brown from York (UK). Bonobo-esque sampling techniques and danceable grooves give this project a familiar feel, but through unique soundscapes Jake creates worlds that only he could.

Verdance: "this project is a gateway to another world. Music has been that kind of salvation of late. If I can't find a musical world I want to escape to, I create one of my own. Plunge is my retreat, and hopefully listeners can escape there too"

'Is and Is Not' is the first single taken from the forthcoming album 'Plunge'

In no way inferior to some of the greats (Bonobo, Emancipator, Tor, Maribou State, Tycho), Plunge is a timeless project that you will keep coming back to time after time after time.

The full album 'Plunge' will release on limited edition 10" blue vinyl as well as digitally on March 31.

UK-based act Verdance is the newly born side project of Hip Hop instrumentalist Handbook. However, in this new expedition Verdance (Jake Brown) goes beyond the confines of genre in order to heavily emphasize imagery and mood by exploring the depths of electronica, deep house, and downtempo music.

Generally, when we thinking of the term ‘verdant’, our imagination is immediately wrapped by images of green, lush, nature, or perhaps the viridescence of spring – and that’s exactly the kind of garden-fresh aesthetic Verdance acquaints us with through his organic, yet lively soundscapes. City life for Jake has detached him from nature so Verdance creates an aural link to a world that we don't always get the opportunity to enjoy.

It’s only a matter of time until Verdance blossoms into a big fixture in the electronic and dance music domain.

Reviewed by Nagamag on March 25, 2021