Brooklyn producer Obey City (pronounced “oh-bee city”) sets his sights high with his latest release Champagne Sounds and doesn’t disappoint.
Glasgow’s LuckyMe label took a shine to Obey City’s one-of-a-kind take on modern beat music, and has taken him on for his first official release after his download only EP My RVM was released in the summer of 2012 via B.YRSLF division.
The beat-less Reflect Effect sets the musical style for the EP with a hazy and lucid tone, easing you into an otherwise beat-heavy release. Submerging into Quantum Phase, which is a retro-soundtrack and modern beat music hybrid, tuned to perfection and introduces the intricate sample work witihn the drumbeats that continue throughout this EP.
The silky summer-jam Tell Her smoothly segues perfectly into the bittersweet Uptown Pumps, demonstrating the lighter side of Obey City’s productions.
Continuing the EP is the intriguing and unconventional Cyber Stream, which is vaguely reminiscent of some of the tracks found on Rustie’s synth-heavy Glass Swords. Finishing us off is the would-be love song of the EP, Fallin’, with the outro that brings us full circle, returning to glittering and beat-less sounds that started the journey.
A follow-up EP, Merlot Sounds is set to continue the vibe later this year, and if Champagne Sounds is anything to go by, Obey City will continue to impress.