Tom Amegadzie aka The 8th Era is a Columbia graduate and East Village resident who is infatuated with a very “nichey” and abstract genre of electro. He draws influence from artists like Surkin, Para One, Bart B More, Brodinski, Keith & Supabeatz, Noob, and TAI. These are not household names, but rather producers who have refined their craft and garnered a loyal and musically intelligent fan base. The influences from the aforementioned artists shines in his first official EP, Vanguard / Canon Ball. Diligently working on these two tracks for the past 2 months, Tom has done something that not many young producers are doing: first and foremost he has created 2 ORIGINAL tunes (no remixes/bootlegs/edits) , and secondly, he has transcended genres to the point that it is nearly impossible to categorize either. Tom is no stranger to remixes, (his Deadmau5 ‘Some Chords remix has gotten almost 5,000 plays) but these productions are more impressive.
‘Vanguard’ is a spacey and minimal electro-house tune. The track is certainly not your standard A side on a two track EP, but that was the artists intent. This is 4 am club music, with extremely creepy yet simultaneously catchy samples and fantastic sub bass. Canon Ball is a “lovestep” track that feels like something Optimus Prime would listen to if he was having sex with a hot female transformer. Weird, well-produced, and refreshing, the B side provides a great soundtrack to end your night with. These are both available for free download, so take a listen to some unique dance music, and follow The 8th Era on twitter!
The 8th Era – Vanguard
The 8th Era – Canon Ball