Apashe has made his majestic return with the long-awaited album, Renaissance. The Belgium-born, Montreal-based DJ/producer, also known as John De Buck, has had quite an illustrious career since signing to Kannibalen Records just nine short years ago. However, Renaissance marks his most pioneering work to date as Apashe innovatively incorporates a pioneering mixture of both electronic and classical music into his work.
“Classical music is so pure and electronic music is so raw, I have always loved to fuse them together,” says Apashe, speaking to the 13-track project. “For this album, I tried to do what has barely been done before in the electronic music scene: Compose with a symphonic orchestra, extract its epicness and delicacy, then blend it with something big and rough.”
Apashe uniquely traverses the seemingly rigid boundaries of genre with ease. He also enlists an eclectic mix of talent for the album ranging from Slumberjack to Tech N9ne, Wifisfuneral, Wasiu, Instasamka, and many more. Having teased an array of singles from the album one-by-one, including “Distance,” “Uebok,” “Insane,” and “Work,” the entire LP has already received a significant amount of traction.
Apashe’s trademark sound has long been characterized by a larger-than-life approach, rife with grandeur and orchestral characteristics. It’s a sound that permeates throughout his new release. To take his sonic artistry for Renaissance to the next level, its compositions were played and recorded by a Prague-based 69-piece orchestra in their entirety. At its core, Renaissance is an amalgam of crafted sound finely tuned and laboriously curated by Apashe himself.