Tropics Parodia Flare
Reviewed by Joshua Love Source: (Pitchfork)
Tropics mastermind Chris Ward is a voracious and accomplished student of sound. Parodia Flare is the British twentysomething's full-length debut as Tropics, and it's made of compellingly lush and languid bits of sonic material culled from a vast array of sources, including touchstones as disparate as synth-pop, Balearic, Britpop, dubstep, African guitar-pop, and goth. Ward demonstrates an impressive sensitivity in picking out elements of these genres and styles that
Pritch & Trim - Stereotype
Reviewed by Holly Dicker Source: (Resident Advisor)
What do you get when you cross a genre-hopping electronic producer with an ex-member of Roll Deep? No, this isn't a joke, but Stereotype—the tongue-in-cheek debut from Mark Pritchard and MC Trim—might just draw a snigger or two. Grime seems like the last territory to be touched by the West Countryman who has dabbled in everything from ambient electronic (Global Communication) to spacey hip-hop (Harmonic 33) and whatever you might call the back-to-the-future bass
A smeared glow of echoes, with an intimate understanding of accidental melodies.
Reviewed by Brad Barrett Source: (BBC Music)
For a way of making music that has often been seen as cold, inhuman and impersonal, there have been a few great examples of touching, personal electronica albums. The most poignant, in this writer's mind, is Baths' Cerulean. The warmth and honesty generated by that set of samples, beats and vocals is inspirational. Chris Ward, aka Tropics, is a 20-something bedroom producer from the UK, and Parodia Flare attempts to recreate that evocative air.
Warped with a
Anti-G – Presents Kentje’sz Beats (Planet Mu)
Reviewed by Oliver Laing Source: (Cyclic Defrost)
Planet Mu are all over the nascent subgenres swelling around the bass music diaspora, from the Juke styles of Chicagoâ€™s DJ Diamond, thru to this hyperkinetic effort from Kenrick Connor, coming thru on the Dutch Bubbling House tip. Presents Kentjeâ€™sz Beats is a thrilling ride that can suck you in; before you know it, youâ€™ll be crazy dancing like a robot hardwired to a steady diet of Reggaeton and Soca played in a style so frenetic that itâ€™s
- DJ Diamond - Flight Muzik
- Machinedrum - Room(s)
- Pritch & Trim - Stereotype
- Tropics - Parodia Flare
- Anti-G - Presents 'Kentje'sz Beatsz'
- Various - Ghettoteknitianz E.P.
- Kuedo - Severant
- Chrissy Murderbot - Women's Studies
- Boxcutter - The Dissolve
- NastyNasty - No Names
- FaltyDL - You Stand Uncertain
- Chrissy Murderbot - Bussin Down
- Boxcutter - Allele
- - Bangs & Works Vol.1
- DJ Roc - The Crack Capone
- Solar Bears - She Was Coloured In
- Various - 14 Tracks From Planet Mu
- DJ Spinn - Man I Do It EP
- DJ Rashad - Itz Not Rite
- Numan - Race Against Time
- Ital Tek - Midnight Colour
- DJ Nate - Da Trak Genious
- Tropics - Soft Vision E.P.
- Mrs Jynx - Shark Carousel