“It has been so weird over the past year or so for us as a local, national and global community. Divided online, we also got separated in the physical world due to the Pandemic upon us.
Our networks were disrupted and we were unable to look after each other properly. Unison felt like a record that could help unite people. I wanted to create a work that suggested unity, equality, love, and euphoria. Fitting tonics for a global landscape that needs to become whole once again”
Verdance – Unison
» Oct 28th – ”Hold Secrets” ft Sooski
» Nov 15th – announce vinyl campaign
» Nov 18th – ”Tongue”
» Dec 9th – Unison EP release
» 2nd single “Tongue” played by Austin Kramer on his UNreleased Show
» debut single “Ritual Two” featured on Spotify’s Lounge – Soft House
» featured on Apple Music’s Today’s Chill, New Music Daily, Loops, Future Sounds, Pure Focus, Flow State, High Vibes Yoga, Living in the Library
» featured on Amazon’s Neon Chill
» played on BBC Radio 1 and 6
» more than 2M streams combined on all major DSPs
» added to more than 3.3k independent playlists
» featured on Beats of the Week by Dr. Dre
» curator support from SideKick Music, Acid Stag, Chris Luno, Enhanced Music, and CloudKid
UK-based producer Jake Brown is well known for his calm and comforting instrumentals under the name Handbook, although a revitalizing new story has begun with the inception of Verdance – a project that is meant to engulf the listener’s senses with its nature-inspired ambiance.
Generally, when we thinking of the term ‘verdant’, our imagination is immediately wrapped by images of green, lush, nature, or perhaps the iridescence of spring – and that’s exactly the kind of garden-fresh aesthetic Verdance acquaints us with through his organic, yet lively soundscapes. City life for Jake has detached him from nature so Verdance creates an aural link to a world that we don’t always get the opportunity to enjoy.
His first release Rothko came out via Stereofox in 2020, which featured fluttering synths, dance grooves, and a tapestry of found sounds and vinyl warmth woven throughout his arrangements. The eponymous single featured the wonderful vocals of Oli Hannaford. 2021 saw the release of Plunge via Aviary Bridge, featuring more tranquil, synth-laden bliss and warped, grainy samples. Verdance is also becoming known for his remixes, with notable reimaginings for Mozambique and Mazoulew who are also part of the Sterefoxox family.
With this new EP, the producer is expanding on his sound and takes a strong stand in the midst of the world’s division. Unision is Jake’s personal message to everyone out there feeling lost, alone, or unheard. The 6 tracks explore various motifs with one end goal – to spread unity and hope.