Unbottle // Fangs by eventual infinity & Fake Fever
The debut of a collaboration between eventual infinity and Fake Fever, Unbottle // Fangs offers a great glimpse of what’s to come between these two artists. This release showcases the first two songs in what is being described as a “series of pop forward tracks.” And given the results thus far, things are certainly starting strong. The first track, “Unbottle”, has a wonderfully summery air to it with some truly luscious synth tones that sound ready to play on a Grand Theft Auto V radio station. The second track, “Fangs”, plays around in the same sandbox, but nets different results. The arpeggiating melodies buried under the vocals carry a sinister slant to them, and the track has more of a malevolent vibe that does an exceptional job of showing how to craft something entirely different out of similar pieces.
DISCLOSURE: The album art for this release was designed by Priestess, a member of the Utopia District team.
To celebrate the premiere of the newest release through Bogus Collective, we’ve decided to take a bit of a special approach. We have not one, but two writers on the team taking a look at Plastic Gardens, the collaboration between Tribe Down South and Chop!, and sharing their thoughts. Read on to check out what Voiture and Gbanas92 thought of the release!
Plastic Gardens is a unique album in the sense that its confident and straightforward presentation makes both pros and cons unusually easy to pin down and quantify. The album’s playful sample choices and catchy tracks are enjoyable, if not a bit generic, upon first listen, but further inspection appears to yield diminishing returns. Tracks rely mostly on a central instrumental that makes up most of the songs, meaning that if you don’t like the beat, the track is done, but if you do, the track is sure to be uniformly good. The sampling is an entertaining way to break things up, but with repetitive structure and gaps that feel too long, the instrumentation and production communicate a need for additional creativity and ambition. Stylistic choices don’t always help this situation, with things like stabs at rhythmically creative lo-fi drum techniques making for less-than-satisfying percussion. Overall, the album is a perfectly fine “classic vaporwave” release, but when a deeper look is taken, problems are easy to spot. This isn’t indicative of an outright horrible release, but the flaws on this one just seem to stand out more than average joe-schmoe vaporwave, which this album ultimately seems to boil down to.
Favorite Track: f u t I i t y (I loved the intro sample on “t e n s i o n r e l a x” as well.)
While the brief runtime prevents the album from lingering in a way one might hope to experience from some of the more soothing strains of vaporwave, Plastic Garden does still have a lot to offer. The album displays a dizzying array of classic hip-hop beats, and makes use of sample chopping with such frenetic enthusiasm, you’d swear it was made by an axe murderer. Despite this, Chop! and Tribe Down South leave enough room for downtime, as pitched-down commercials allow you to catch your breath before moving on to the next gonzo beat.
Chock full of tasty rhythms, this intense, woefully short-lived EP from Sport3000 is downright infectious. Despite weighing in at five total tracks, Ultraviolet nonetheless showcases an impressive array of rhythms, with no less than a dozen memorable melodic moments. But the real star is percussion. The opening track, “Demons,” starts with a killer drum fill that sets the tone the whole way through, and the tracks never relinquish their hold on you. The forward momentum of the drums and synths across the entire EP also makes a great case for listening to this album while driving. Rarely is there something more perfectly suited to such an occasion.
Nigh uncontrollably funky, this re-release of iacon’s first album 並列処理 P A R A L L E L I S M sounds as fresh as ever. Lowering the overall audio level, the remastering also opens up room so that the tracks feel less flattened than in the original release.
Tingeing its highly dance-able rhythms with an edge of pitch-shifted melancholy and fairly sparse chops, AFFINITY rides a line somewhere between Disco and Vaporwave yet remains clearly distinct from Future Funk. In particular, if “再见 GOODBYE” doesn’t at least make you wiggle in your seat, you may need to seek medical attention.
Premium Value has everything you need to pull at your heartstrings without emptying your wallet. Love Languages is made up of 7 tracks of unadulterated vapor, ready to pop and jam to while you drive, work, or stare at dim lights in your bedroom at 3 a.m. The timeless, desolate streets of Shinar hide a convenience store close to the great tower. Don’t worry, you won’t miss it crumble down in slow motion due to some unseen might. It’s been falling before you ever started dreaming. Stop by and satisfy your thirst. You know this song. Someone out there is thinking of you.
Thank You! Private Suite! A Compilation by First Class Collective
For those who might not know, Utopia District comprises quite a few former members of the Private Suite Magazine team. As such, we thought it would be interesting to share our thoughts on the magnificent and humbling release from First Class Collective; Thank You! Private Suite! Consider this not so much a review as a handful of us giving some love back for the overwhelming support the magazine received during its run, and more heart-achingly, upon its closure.
Cerulea_d.lux:The sheer breadth and depth of this compilation is stunning and humbling. To know our work touched so many corners of our community and inspired such a beautiful album is an indescribable feeling! I can’t think of a better send-off for a project that meant so much to so many in two short years.
Darkfez:As it did for so many, Private Suite gave me my first home and family in vaporwave. I was encouraged and supported even as I encouraged and supported others. I’ll miss having that group of folks all in one place. But we’ll find each other again!
DJ Nonn:As someone who was first drawn to Private Suite for their coverage of lesser-known artists and smaller parts of the scene, it’s heartwarming to see this compilation full of familiar names I never would have known if not for PSM. With so many artists of different sizes, this compilation embodies one of my favorite aspects of Private Suite Media — that of inclusivity. First Class Collective is truly doing their part to keep vaporwave a welcoming artistic community.
gbanas92:While I wasn’t a part of the Private Suite team for a terribly long time, it was really rather heartwarming to see just how many people wanted to step up and send off a magazine that so many of us loved in style. Plus, so much of the music on the compilation is really great too!
Indy Advant: What a thoughtful idea. Private Suite meant so many things to so many people, it’s hard to quantify the impact this compilation album will have on us as individuals. Thank you, Ethan and Zico, thank you First Class Collective. This is such a treat, especially to all those that volunteered so much of their time working to make Private Suite a cohesive and meaningful product.
Priestess:This compilation album has something for everyone, from the fizzy pop melody of “sweet suite” to the Tarantino-esque “Television Scenes.” Overall slightly melancholic, perfect for fall and ushering out the wonderful publication that was Private Suite.
As a parting thought, we’d like to thank First Class Collective one more time for having the drive and the passion to make this happen. For those of us that helped make Private Suite a reality, it means more than we’ll ever truly be able to say.