12" £5.49 ZIQ287
12\" on Planet Mu.
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Tropics is the work of Chris Ward, a young (22) UK resident with a taste for post-punk, new wave and everything else 80's inspired. Here we get three tracks of luscious goodness courtesy of Planet Mu who have obviously taken a shine to the dude. I can dig a lot of this stuff that extends the palette of 80's inspired production sounds and twists the influence into new a tasty shapes. 'Give It Up' immediately brings to mind the like of Neon Indian, Memory Tapes and Washed Out purely based on the production and choice of instrumentation. It's got cool ghostly female vocals, big beats and layers of synth and bass drone all compressed in a crazy way so there's never any let up. 'Melorr' is steadier and takes it's time to evolve naturally which i like but it's 'Soft Vision' that takes the crown due to the ridiculous 80's drum sounds and the overall ghostly nature of the track. It's easy to accuse Mr. Mu of jumping the chillwave bandwagon and easier to mock the label for pretty much missing the boat (summer's over dude etc..) but I reckon Tropics is an artist worth backing especially on the strength of this debut 12". It's certainly worth a listen kids.
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