This week, the track you need to give a listen to is “Depression Drive” by the vaporwave artist, Fla.mingo. Fla.mingo’s album “Fantasy” was the first release of 2017 for Business Casual and I already know that it will be one of the greatest vaporwave albums of the year. I’m not very familiar with Fla.mingo’s music, but based off “Fantasy”, it appears that he mixes both vaporwave/plunderphonics influences with house/EDM influences. In fact, when listening to his music I instantly think about how some of the synths and vocal samples remind me of Porter Robinson and his two phenomenal full length records. Combining both my love for vaporwave and EDM, I guarantee I’ll become a huge fan of Fla.mingo as I begin to check out more of his material.
“Depression Drive” is a great place to start when first listening to “Fantasy”. It has a looping synth very similar to Porter Robinson, Minnesota, Seven Lions, and other notable EDM acts, while also incorporating a pitch shifted vocal track that compliments the rest of the track beautifully. “Depression Drive” also has a simple, repetitive beat that gives the song a club/House vibe, which further makes the track even more addictive. “Depression Drive” is a song you absolutely have to listen to today! I’ve attached the entire bandcamp stream of the album below for those who want to give “Fantasy” a listen. “Depression Drive” is track number 5, but I highly doubt you’ll be able to listen to only one song, as the entire release is phenomenal. I look forward to seeing what else Fla.mingo has in store for us in the future and of course let us know what track you think should be the “Track of the Day Tuesday” next week!
Yesterday, prominent vaporwave record label, Business Casual, officially announced the first few releases scheduled for 2017! Through their twitter page Business Casual announced four records that will all be released in January, starting as early as next week! The first release of 2017 will be BIZBOX 4 “Chill”, which is a project I am extremely excited to hear! For those familiar with Business Casual, you will know that the label runs a bi-monthly release where a selected album, or multiple albums, are sold in a cassette bundle with random tapes of previous Business Casual releases. This project is a fan favorite, and after buying a copy of BIZBOX 3, I can without a doubt say that these label specific release projects are phenomenal and are something I now look forward to! Following the release of BIZBOX 4, Business Casual plans to release “Fantasy” by Fla.mingo and “Caffeine” by R-RODD. I personally am unfamiliar with either of these artists’ material, but just from looking at the aesthetic of the album artworks shown, I assume that at least one of the upcoming projects will feature a sound somewhat similar to future-funk. Regardless of their genre, I definitely plan on checking out these records due out in the next few weeks! Finally, the last announced January 2017 release is actually a cassette release for STAQQ OVERFLO’s “Promise”. “Promise”, which was actually last month, is a very successful album that has found its way on to numerous AOTY lists recently. I personally plan on giving it a listen before I finalize my album of the year list, and you should too! All of these releases will be sold on cassette as well through Business Casual’s website!
Business Casual is one of the leading labels in the vaporwave genre and their massive catalog of releases have helped shape the future of vaporwave itself. If you still haven’t checked out any projects associated with Business Casual, I highly suggest you visit the label’s site, especially since all of their albums are available for free download! I’m very excited to see what’s in store for Business Casual, and these 4 projects should definitely be a solid start to a successful year for Business Casual! Check out the list of scheduled releases below, visit the label’s page, and be sure to come back often for more vaporwave related news, reviews, and content!
BIZBOX 4 “Chill”: 1/6
Fla.mingo – “Fantasy”: 1/13
R-RODD – “Caffeine”: 1/20
STAWW OVERFLO – “Promise”: 1/27
Business Casual website:
Even though we are a little late with posting this, here is this week’s “The Thursday Ten”! This segment has been very rewarding to write this year and we’re glad to see that our viewers enjoyed reading these installments as much as we did with writing them! This post is actually the last “The Thursday Ten” for all of 2016. It’s amazing to see how many albums we gave ratings to this year and the staff here at Erik’s Album Reviews can’t wait to see what albums will make it onto “The Thursday Ten” next year! Once again thank you for support and we will be back with more installments to “The Thursday Ten” next year!
- Deftones – Gore: 6/10
- Shokran – Exodus: 8/10
- Abbath – Abbath: 7/10
- Phantogram – Three: 6/10
- Zao – The Well-Intentioned Virus: 9/10
- Solange – A Seat At The Table: 8/10
- Norma Jean – Polar Similar: 8/10
- Emarosa – 131: 9/10
- Angelmaker/A Night In Texas – Split EP: 8/10
- Hodgy – Fireplace – TheNotTheOtherSide: 8/10
The previous “The Thursday Ten”:
Earlier this month, prominent melodic hardcore act Being As An Ocean announced that their fourth full length studio album will be released on June 9th, 2017. The upcoming album, titled “Waiting For Morning To Come, will be their latest record since their 2015 self titled full length and will also be their first album released through Equal Vision Records. The California based act has seen a significant increase in their fan base since their latest release and it is safe to say that this forthcoming record will be one of the most anticipated records in the first half of 2017.
Personally, I believe that BAAO’s self titled album is their worst release to date. Their absolutely legendary debut album, “Dear G-d”, and their great sophomore record, “How We Both Wondrously Perish”, completely outperform their third full length album and as a result, Being As An Ocean’s self titled record was very disappointing. There is one thing, however, that is keeping my anticipation for this new material from BAAO very high and that is the fact that the two singles the band has released in 2016 have been unfathomably phenomenal. The two singles, “Dissolve” and “Ok”, feature a perfect mix between the classic, original Being As An Ocean sound, and the more alternative rock influenced new sound that has emerged in the last few years. With a combination of melodic guitar and bass riffs with background, ambient sounding synths and other instruments, Being As An Ocean has been able to completely redeem themselves from what they released in 2015. If these two singles are featured on “Waiting For Morning To Come”, or if this new album sounds anything like these two new singles, I can absolutely say that this fourth studio album will easily exceed the expectations established after the last release.
Singles and merchandise bundles will definitely be released early next year, and the minute they do, we’ll be the first ones to share it with you. Until then, check out the two singles released by Being As An Ocean in 2016 and check out our post about the latest single, “Ok”, below! The post attached below was actually one of the first “Breaking News” blogs ever written on Erik’s Album Reviews, so it’s pretty neat to see how far we’ve come since that post was first released. We’ll continued to keep you updated on all Being As An Ocean news, so make sure to check back in for more updates on one of the biggest names in melodic hardcore music today!
New Single “Ok” Out Now:
This week the “Track of the Day Tuesday” features Massachusetts’ own Off Land and his track, “Inertia”. “Inertia”, the second song on the project, “Slow Waves”, is an ambient electronic song released through the Chile based label, No Problema Tapes. The track is a prominent example of ambient vaporwave as it incorporates an atmospheric sound accompanied by various soundscapes, soothing samples, and harmonizing pads and other soft leads that make this song, and this project, an instant classic. However, even though this track is under the category of vaporwave, I believe a more better fitting description could easily be music that is simply relaxing and calming.
I personally found this project while browsing through random bandcamp based vaporwave labels. By discovering No Problema Tapes, I was able to find amazing artists like Off Land, Sangam, Rhucle, and many others! Today, you need to check out “Inertia”. Off Land’s signature sound and style of music is something that any music fan can enjoy. It literally does not matter who your favorite artist is, or what genre of music you listen to, if you are a fan of music, you will be a fan of Off Land. Check out “Inertia” on the stream of “Slow Waves” below and don’t forget to visit next Tuesday when we discuss the next “Track of the Day Tuesday”!
This Friday, iconic industrial rock titans, Nine Inch Nails, will be releasing a brand new EP. The upcoming EP, titled “Not the Actual Events”, will be released on their website (http://www.nin.com) on December 23rd and is the group’s first release since 2014. The new material will also be the first project to feature the group’s newest member, Atticus Ross. The duo of Ross and Reznor have worked on numerous successful scores in recent years, like “Gone Girl”, “Before the Flood”, and “Juno” to name a few, so their collaboration on new NIN materials will be very interesting to hear!
Unfortunately a single for the upcoming project has yet to be released. With the project recently being announced, it is very unlikely we will hear any previews before the EP’s release date Friday. However, a review of the project will definitely be posted once the EP is out! Visit the site regularly to see more updates about the new Nine Inch Nails EP along with all other music news and content!
For those who visit Erik’s Album Reviews regularly, you will know that the staff has been very busy for the last two weeks. Because of this we unfortunately missed the last two “The Thursday Ten” segments. However, last week we announced that in order to make up for this lack of album ratings, we will give 20 album ratings for this week’s installment rather than the usual 10! This week’s post features various releases over multiple genres covering everything from Black Metal to EDM. Even though twice as many releases are feature in this installment, the rules to “The Thursday Ten” haven’t changed, and of course, we encourage you to check out every album listed on any of the major music streaming platforms. Let us know what you think of the ratings, which albums you want us to rate next, and don’t forget to check out the previous installment to “The Thursday Ten”. Here is this week’s post:
- Skeletonwitch – The Apothic Gloom EP: 8/10
- The Acacia Strain, Thy Art Is Murder, and Fit For An Autopsy – The Depression Sessions: 9/10
- Power Trip/Integrity Split EP: 7/10
- Dan Mason – Summer Love: 7/10
- Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool: 7/10
- Aborted – Termination Redux EP: 8/10
- Lamb of God – The Duke EP: 7/10
- Jason Richardson – I: 8/10
- bl00dwave – Distance: 8/10
- Defeater – Abandoned: 8/10
- Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine: 8/10
- Blink-182 – California: 8/10
- Balance and Composure – Light We Made: 8/10
- Moose Blood – Blush: 8/10
- Wakrat – Wakrat: 4/10
- Tesseract – Polaris: 7/10
- A Day To Remember – Bad Vibrations: 6/10
- Adventure Club – Red // Blue: 5/10
- PZA – AMERICAN RITUALS: 9/10
- Vaerbitt – Tid: 9/10
The previous “The Thursday Ten”: