Squire, aka Jaime Alguersuari, explores new ground with vocal-strong, lyrical, synth pop infused tracks with drum and bass, techno and new-age influences. In his debut album ‘Stop’, named from when the world did just that, his signature vocal hooks with soulful synths emerging as melodic, deep or organic house, evolve naturally into full-on songs. The Barcelona DJ/producer has always been a pathfinder, as former youngest ever Formula One racer, and a DJ since he was 15.
Forthcoming single ‘Salvation’ features Pilar Icazuriaga, her voice, reminiscent of Kim Wilde’s icy warmth but with greater depth, slowly seduces over fast, hard-hitting percussion and insistent bass. ‘The idea came in early 2019 with a single beat. I wasn’t really feeling it then but there were elements I liked, so later I wrote a few simple chords plus a fun bassline – I was listening to a lot of electro and synth pop, I wanted that 80s feel. I talked to Pilar, an amazing singer, about collaborating. I asked her for a few lines to fit the chords and bass and then she sent me a beautiful hook that I’m so much in love with!’
‘Reflected On You’ also features Pilar’s confident, beguiling harmonies, with a further Wilde-esque echo in the opening bass. There’s another taste of the 80s in instrumental ‘Pink Marble’, almost Numanlike synth chords zooming by us over rattling percussion. Title track ‘Stop’ is serenely uplifting, melodic and innocent, sophisticated rhythms simplified by tinkling piano; a deceptively gentle pleasure, with ethereal vocal notes.
Driving percussion and emotionally-charged synths marry with sweet, high voices; ‘Overdue feat. Brynja’ is a spellbinding combo of the Icelandic singer’s quiet joy and a lively, clapping beat with syncopated pulse. In ‘Fall Into The Dream Feat. Rachel Bachman’, a much more synthy electronic feel is cut through by Bachman’s snow-pure, almost sinister, vocals, like gothic plainsong in some pagan church. ‘Holiday Feat. Parkes’ is faster, shifting gear to dark, pulsating synth chords. ‘I met Carlos at a friend’s, I literally had goosebumps when I heard him sing! I just had to record with him, and we finished Holiday together.’
Entirely produced at Squire’s home in Barcelona, ‘Stop’ is released on Mobilee, a label who he’s firm favourites with and has released some of his strongest work; Label head Ralf Kollmann encouraged him to experiment with grooves and beats. Other noteworthy labels like All Day I Dream, Selador and Einmusika have also supported Squire’s skilful, soulful sound.
‘Stop’ is out on 5th November on Mobilee.
02. Overdue Feat. Brynja
03. Fall Into The Dream Feat. Rachel Bachman
04. You Make Me Feel Alive
05. Holiday Feat. Parkes
06. Salvation Feat. Pilar Icazuriaga
07. Pink Marble
08. Wings Forever
09. Reflected On You Feat. Pilar Icazuriaga