By Alex P80 Parks
Fortes: “This is a collection of my favorite instrumentals I’ve produced for Styles.”
Beats for a Ghost is an 8 track project of Fortes’ production solely for Styles P over the last few years. Although this collection of beats are mostly retreads, they still present well as a compendium of Fortes’ beloved tracks he’s produced for his friend, mentor and collaborator.
“Blood Sweat and Tears” starts off the instrumentals with an angelic, sped-up vocal loop over thumping drums. “Deadman” finds Fortes in his sweet spot with layered elements for ample texture and feel. On “Bring it in,” he opts for an X-Files mood with effects over synths and piano notes. “Vibes” delivers just that. Fortes finds the warmth with a perfect balance of a melodic piano loop and percussion. He keeps it funky with the spaceship guitar groove of “Keep it True.” Fortes pulls an otherwise jarring vocal sample into the fold but makes it work on “The White Noise.” Beats for a Ghost also includes both the instrumental and full version of “I got Issues” with Styles P, featuring bouncy drums and a strong vocal sample that repeats the track title. With Beats for a Ghost Fortes provides a well-rounded assembly of his Styles beats with a nice bonus joint for fans of both Fortes and Styles to enjoy.
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