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Comprised of acclaimed producer Rusty Santos and renowned singer Mina Ohashi, The Present formed in NYC with the goal of melding mind, body, and soul into a chameleonic exploration of the dancefloor. Soaking in sounds from every corner of the globe, The Present is a shape-shifting exercise in past and future club dynamics, offering a kind of digital absolution in the information age.
Launching the project to critical acclaim in 2008 with a series of heady, ambient-inclined compositions, the duo proceeded to dismantle their original vision in the hopes of uniting the intellectual with the physical. Following years of experimentation and collaboration (check their work with DJ Rashad) with global dance scenes, The Present re-emerged in 2015 with their third album, FSG. Elements from Chicago house and juke, UK jungle and Southern hip hop now constitute the duo’s polychromatic DNA, with a successive series of EPs entitled Energy & Sound further mining this promising new territory.
The Present have performed alongside groups as diverse as The XX, Traxman, Panda Bear, Chino Amobi, and Factory Floor. 2017 will see Mina and Rusty back on the road in support of Break The Dawn, the duo's new EP out March 24 on Styles Upon Styles.
Rusty Santos & Mina Ohashi return as The Present with Break The Dawn, a new strain of jungle, hip hop, house and footwork inflections.
Pop music for the the wide-eyed, backlit confines of the digital age, Break The Dawninspires bodily twists and mental (mis)fits through vocal vapor trails and vibrant productions. Traversing tempos like madmen on ice, Break The Dawn distills Atlanta haze (“Touch Base”), dive bomb basslines (“Illusion”), vocoder sensuality (“EZ”) and pulsing euphoria (“What’s Real”) through raw, post-club constructs. Break The Dawn is available via Styles Upon Styles on March 24, 2017 in unlimited digital and limited vinyl forms. Double print jacket features photography from Celeste Sloman with design by Wade Jeffree.
"Break The Dawn" (Styles Upon Styles, March 24th, 2017)
"Energy & Sound Vol. 3" (via Soundcloud, 2016)
"Energy & Sound Vol. 1 & 2" (via Soundcloud, 2015)
Energy & Sound description
On The Present's EP series ’Energy & Sound,' Rusty Santos and Mina Ohashi let loose an explosion of texture and raw energy. Distorted sub bass, rhythm-as-melody aesthetics, oblique synth lines alchemize inside soundscapes that transverse genres as diverse as juke, hiphop and jungle/drum 'n' bass. The sound is unified by Mina’s voice and the duo’s intensive production.
"FSG" (Group Tightener, 2015)
"Too High” feat. Dj Rashad (via Soundcloud, 2015)
"The Way We Are" (Lo Recordings, 2009)
"World I See" (Lo Recordings, 2008)