Sharps’ work, “The Sphinx” is his latest in Latin infused bass music, a sound that combines big subs with surgical edits and a tropical heartbeat. “The Sphinx” EP began life as a series of vocal bootlegs created for his DJ sets. For the release of the EP, he decided to do something different.
“I wanted to create music that was purely instrumental, that didn’t rely on the human voice. So I worked the tracks, searching for ways to replace these vocal lines with synthetic textures. In the end I found that by making the synths behave like the human voice, it kept the energy, but moved the music into a more abstract realm.”
Sharps’ tropical bass sound began in 2004, during a trip to London UK when he encountered dubstep and reggaeton for the first time. Realizing that both these sounds needed to find a place in the clubs and festivals at home, he merged them with breaks and glitch-hop, producing his early experiment “el Boss”, and other tunes. Years later, while DJing at Burningman in the company of Puerto Ricans and open-minded revelers, he found that the steady Dem-bow beat, combined with the big bass moved the crowd like nothing else. The experience catalyzed his “Tropical Bass” EP, and now, with the sound further refined and proven on the dance floor, he presents his latest work “The Sphinx”.