by Young Smoke
Added 2013-01-16 19:52:00Z
Avg rating: 7.5 | 125 plays | Dance & Electronic
Space Zone's techno-like atmosphere of bleeps, effects and swirling chords, along with its melodic freshness, is signature Young Smoke. Take the title track's vocoder riff and light melody, which hark back to friendly video game themes, or the echoey bleeps and aquatic sunken Rhodes chords of 'Space Muzik Pt. 2'—it's easy to see that Davis has a musical ear far beyond his years and a strong sense of inventiveness. 'Traps in Space' takes effects that sound like they could be from a musique concrete record and mixes them with dubstep-style sub bass pulses and syncopated drums to intoxicating effect, while 'Space Breeze' mixes deep house chords with bubbling aqua-pulses and tight drum edits and fills. Young Smoke is a very exciting producer; it's easy to compare his music's color and refreshing ideas with those of Joker's imaginative early productions. Space Zone is an enjoyable and immersive listen that never gets too ambient: there is more than enough dissonance, brain-scrubbing psychedelia and drum patterns balanced on the edge of chaos to keep things gripping. Turn it up.