Inspired by a background in classical percussion and an obsession with synthesizers, Malvin creates dazed, melodic beat-centric tunes that loosely hang between down-tempo head nodders and up-tempo club bangers.
Chrome Sparks aka Jeremy Malvin knows how to make his tracks shine. His eponymous debut album, released on Counter Records – a Ninja Tune imprint – boasts a sparkling sound: a euphony of hip-hop, house and bright-beaming synthwork. The record is the culmination of several years spent between Malvin’s Navy Yard, Brooklyn studio and a secluded cabin in upstate New York; a far cry from supporting Diplo’s Major Lazer at the recent Mad Decent Block Party in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Malvin’s debut album arrived after a series of much-tipped singles and EPs, released via Australia’s Future Classic label, and Counter Records. Featuring collaborations with Australian duo Kllo (Ghostly) and Body Language’s Angelica Bess, Malvin reimagines their voices through his brightly-daubed kaleidoscope of influences and his straight-for-the-jugular songwriting.
The album is the latest, fullest document of Malvin’s vision as a musician, born as a product of an obsessive approach to production as much as a restless hunt for new ideas. Boasting lush textures, intricate patterns, synths and careful melodies, the tracks showcase his studio mindset and tinkering as much as his eye to the dance floor.
Malvin has already covered a lot of ground to get to this point. He’s played sold out shows throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. His is a creative mindset shaped by live performance as much as studio tinkering. It’s a foundation that’s allowed him to adeptly craft so many diffuse ideas into a standout, wide-ranging debut.