MP3 REVIEWS: June’s New Albums & EPs – Tape B, Lastlings, Lost Desert, Lamorn, & More
Music enthusiasts have a plethora of exciting releases to delve into this year. Ranging from the hypnotic world beats of Lost Desert & Simon Vuarambón, the high-energy production of Tape B, the bold and innovative approach of Lamorn, to the electronic music experimentation of BOX CAR, and the ethereal sounds of Mathame, there’s a wealth of sonic exploration to embark on.
LOST DESERT – LOST DESERT & FRIENDS EP (APRIL 12)
Just seven months post-open-heart surgery, Lost Desert is back with the third edition of the Lost Desert & Friends EP series on All Day I Dream. This four-track EP is a collaborative effort featuring friends Lee Burridge, Junior Akwety, Madraas, and Sofiya Nzau, before culminating in a solo piece by Lost Desert himself. Tracks like “My Time With You” and “Mwinda” showcase the transformative power of friendship and recovery, while “Liebe Dich” offers a glimpse into Lost Desert’s renewed hope post-surgery. Incredibly, Lost Desert isn’t stopping at the release. He’s also back on the road for a summer tour, proving his unwavering resilience and dedication to his craft.
TAPE B – OVER SATURATED EP (JUNE 14)
Tape B is officially one of the hottest up-and-coming acts in bass and dubstep, and the quality of his recently released Over Saturated EP — which features three distinct dubstep tunes with a new-school flair and a tech-house track for good measure — proves that the young, Florida-based producer is definitely worth the hype.
Short but sweet, Over Saturated explores the classic dubstep aesthetics Tape B has become known for, resembling the golden age of EDM, seemingly inspired by iconic producers like Flux Pavilion, Rusko and Zeds Dead (which makes sense, considering Over Saturated was released via Deadbeats).
While the tempo and melodic elements on tracks like “Over Saturated” and “Another Night Alone” create a sense of nostalgia that calls back to late 2000s dubstep, what makes this tape special is how Tape B sweeps the dust off those tried-and-true motifs. The “old-school” (woah, is 2000s old school now? Yikes…) elements sprinkled throughout the 12-minute EP are married with the experimental tendencies of modern-day bass music, coated with a subtle, spacey vibe that’s remarkably refreshing.
One thing’s for sure: Tape B is here to stay. — Julia Kauffman
LAMORN – FOREVER LP (JUNE 10)
Multi-instrumentalist and electronic producer Lamorn released his debut, full-length album Forever earlier this month and we literally haven’t been able to stop listening. In fact, this is a new artist discovery for us, but we can now see why he’s garnered support from deadmau5 himself (he literally signed Lamorn on the spot) as the album makes its mark on mau5trap. Once you press play, you’re summoned with an overall sense of joy, as the young 20-year-old producer treks through twinkling melodies and innovative sound production that just so happens to teeter on the thrill of future and potent old school nostalgia.
From the ecstatic euphoria of punchy beats, falsetto vocals, and star-dusted synth arpeggios in “To Be Alive” to the bubbly bass synths and midtempo rhythms of our personal favorite “Who We Are,” Lamorn has made a statement with this debut album of his, making a solid promise to continue rising as a young EDM artist.
BOX CAR – ‘ALGORHYTHM’ LP (July 13)
Famed electronic music artist Boombox Cartel, also known as Americo Garcia, has hit the summer season with an exciting new side project, BOX CAR. Garcia is stepping into uncharted territory with his debut album, ALGORHYTHM, released on June 30th via his own label, MONTA. The BOX CAR project is designed to rekindle the fun, spontaneity, and grassroots spirit of dance music.
Reflecting on ALGORHYTHM, Garcia says, “The concept of the album is music and sounds that feel good versus following a formula… just something that truly felt good to me when I was making it with no real purpose except to create.”
Mathame – MEMO (July 13)
The highly anticipated debut album MEMO from Italian-brother duo Amedeo and Matteo Giovanelli, known as Mathame, has officially landed via Astralwerks. The 13-track auditory expedition, MEMO, encapsulates the human experience while taking listeners on a cosmic journey.
Mathame’s pioneering approach to the cinematic techno genre is exemplified in their live Audio Visual (AV) show. This immersive experience fuses sci-fi inspired graphics with intricate light displays, perfectly synchronized to their sonic landscapes. The result is a visual narrative that enhances the emotional depth of the music, inviting audiences to a realm of auditory and visual integration.