Rising Dutch Producer TMSV Drops Enigmatic New Album ‘Clouds’
Dutch producer Tomas Roebels, better known as TMSV, is one of the most exciting names in the world of bass music. Untethered from genre-specific confines, TMSV has an eclectic style that draws inspiration from a wide array of sonic dialects. Adept at mingling elements of jungle, dubstep, breaks, and juke into his signature sound, TMSV has a holistic approach to production that makes him a standout rising star in the scene. With the recent release of his latest album Clouds, Tomas makes an emphatic statement of talent and intent.
While TMSV has risen to prominence as a slinger of weighty, bass-laden tunes, Clouds takes a noticeably more ethereal route. Appropriately, the opening track “Cold Light” brings the album to life on a serene and melodious note. Lush and infectious percussive elements blend with sci-fi inspired synths to create a bold yet stripped-down opening offering. “Cold Light” sets the emotional tone for the entire project, delivering sumptuous rhythm and lofty harmonies in equal measure.
“Coral Reef” continues the album’s bright energy with a bold dichotomy of throbbing bass with playful instrumental elements while the following track “Clouds, Pt. 1” showcases TMSV’s ability to create breathtaking soundscapes. Rife with incredibly organic overtones both tracks beam with invention and creativity. The opening third of the album swells with a sense of renewal and discovery.
Clouds picks up the pace a bit with a thumping mid-section of tracks. “Visions” is a vibrant tune with dizzying percussion and synth work reminiscent of a retro video game soundtrack. “Ba Ba” is a bold and delightful banger that utilizes hip-hop tinged drums, fuzzy synths, and enticing vocal samples to deliver an undeniable bounce. “Sentinel” is far more reminiscent of TMSV’s heavier dubstep arsenal. Righteously indignant and full punishing bass waves, “Sentinel” is a ferocious track that leaves no prisoners. Sure to make the hair of any self-respecting dub-head stand on end, “Sentinel” is our standout tune of the album.
With the final tracks of Clouds, TMSV flexes his production muscles. “Clouds, Pt. 2” is a lovely bookend to the album’s earlier counterpart. Replete with acid techno overtones, the tune wobbles and oscillates with a spell-binding and atmospheric aura. “Cerulean” continues to tug at the heartstrings with raw vocal samples and brooding percussion that results in a cathartic outlet in the final moments of the project. “Flutter” combines the many motifs present throughout the entirety of Clouds. Smooth and deep yet contemplative and ethereal at times, “Flutter” is a marvelous way to finish this rogueish sonic odyssey from TMSV.
Keep your eyes out for Tomas as he prepares to tour North America once again this spring.