Obey City brings the sounds of champagne
It has been just over a year since Brooklyn DJ and Producer Obey City's track "Fallin" was featured in the esteemed Rustie essential mix, and a thorough listen to his new EP "Champagne Sounds" reveals a penchant for the same glowy synths, retro-futurist drum work and genre hybridizing as many of his LuckyMe affiliates and Glaswegian counterparts such as Hudson Mohawke and S-Type.
As a co-founder of the electronic music collective Astro Nautico, Sam Obey sits along the cutting edge of modern electronic and dance music by incorporating elements of hip-hop, funk, soul, 80's pop and video game music, all the while touching on the modern stylings of trap, footwork and future r&b.
"Champagne Sounds" wastes no time transporting the listener to countless landscapes and environments, beginning with the celestial introduction "Reflect Effect". "Quantum Phase" brings us back from the heavens and into the Big Apple, and more specifically Jerry Seinfeld's front entranceway, with that unmistakable slap bass sound and jumpy rhythm. "Uptown Pumps" retains the Brooklyn sound, incorporating a more 2-step beat and breathy, pitched vocal chops. The longest track on the EP, "Fallin'" is an elegant throwback to 90's r&b and garage featuring the album's only distinct vocal melody, and a rather catchy one at that.
With militaristic snares, frenetic percussion and off kilter rhythms, the drum work on "Champagne Sounds" is current yet original. His clever use of panning, staccato and pitched snare rolls is familiar but in no way cliche. As a whole, the crisp production, lush vibes and creative musical arrangements make for an album with tons of re-listen value.
"Champagne Sounds" is available on iTunes and other digital retailers as well as on vinyl from boomkat.com. Part 2 of the EP Series "Merlot Sounds" is on the way later in the year.