Inverse Universe: Chicago's New Players in Electro-Soul, New Music
Electro-soul is a fast-growing genre, full of talented producers who have broken out over the last several year. Artists like Pretty Lights and GRiZ are two of the most well known for it, and both headlined Snowball Music Festival in Denver, Colorado two weekends ago.
If you’re into these artists, or similar ones like Gramatik and Manic Focus, then one duo to look out for is Inverse Universe out of Chicago. The duo, comprised of former solo artists Stephens and TYLR, formed only a few months ago and already put out an EP and two remixes that fuse blues, funk, hip hop and electronic sounds in a really refreshing way.
The EP, New Clear Energy, which premiered on TheUntz, has gotten support from others in the electro-soul genre. Just a week after the EP dropped, Inverse Universe opened for Manic Focus in Chicago for an album release party. Inverse Universe has also booked their first festivals—Dabroots in Denver and Paradise Music and Arts Festival in Kentucky.
Aside from their EP, Inverse Universe has released remixes of “Type of Way” by Rich Homie Quan and “Mary Jane” by Rick James. The remix of “Mary Jane,” premiering here on EDM.com, gives the 1970s classic a modern funk sound and fits perfectly with the duo's electro-soul.
The “Type of Way" remix shows the versatility that Inverse Universe bring to the table as producers, with elements of glitch, dubstep and trap. This remix is my personal favorite work of the duo, and I haven’t stopped listening to it since it was released a few months ago.
When I spoke with the duo, one of the most striking things to me was how their creative process has worked together. “While we both live in the greater Chicagoland area geographically speaking, it isn’t easy for us to always work collaboratively from start to finish on songs right now. We’ve found a lot of success with coming to each other with tracks that are about 80% finished and then working together to complete them.”
If you’re a fan of soulful music, be sure to follow Inverse Universe on Soundcloud and Facebook for new music coming soon!