close but no cigar (deluxe edition) by P-Body
This album is a breath of fresh air in a sea of overrated, uniform, synth-laden sound sculptures reading from the same anti-capitalist scriptures. This album stands out as a release that can be called “innovative” within the vaporwave scene, while still being palatable to those who enjoy other genres, à la lo-fi beats, eclectic hip-hop instrumentals, and other late-night mixes (the poor low-energy future funk crowd is welcome here). The sampling on this album is superb, as is the instrumentation, with stylistic choices ranging from 1956 jazz cuts sculpted into a honey-smooth trap instrumental arrangement, to an airy, vocal chop-laden beat that still manages to maintain the lo-fi X-factor and conventional rhythm. In these two tracks, an anime sample, an ass compliment(?!), and a saxophone outro are also squeezed in. Sometimes, listeners may feel a bit choked by the abundance of sound in places that are normally occupied by silence in more traditional lo-fi chill-hop tracks, but calmer returns to form like “we must try to live ” quench this thirst for serenity easily. The album wears its influences on its sleeve right from the cover, paying homage to both classic hip-hop and anime as well as chill-beat and lo-fi culture. Overall, a stellar release that takes all of these things and synthesizes them into a sepia-toned nostalgia-fest. It draws the listener in with exciting new takes on lo-fi beats and wraps them in a warm hug of vinyl crackle and comfort from which they will never leave.
Favorite Track: monkey train
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