Tropics - Popup Cinema
By Stef Siepel
The Weekly Froth! A weekly take on six tracks, most of which have recently popped up somewhere in the blogosphere. Bit of a mixed bag with a slight leaning towards house, disco, and remixes, but generally just anything that for some reason tickled the writer’s fancy.
Track of the week: ‘Popup Cinema’ by Tropics
Last year British producer Chris Ward, aka Tropics, released his debut Parodia Flare, and this is a new track from his hand (seeing an EP release on the 5th of next month). It starts really atmospheric and, well, a bit slow really, with at one point the vocals coming in ever so British. Very fragile, which fits the track to that point. Then you get a little bit of percussion in there, but the real turn comes at 1:22 when the beat first appears. The piano still gives you that bit of a melancholic feeling, but now the pace is upped a bit as well. In the mean time, naturally, he continues to add sounds and altered vocals, and the latter sound like they’re trapped in a box and can’t get out. Then the clear vocals come in again in all their vulnerability. They get a bit of the spotlight on them as Tropics takes away the beat for a moment, and after that he first goes percussion before he lets the beat return again. I think it’s a really lovely track. Very delicate piece of work this, which still has a bit of pace because of the beat, and its high on atmosphere. Definitely ups the anticipation for his sophomore turn. … Continue Reading