Hailing from San Francisco, the dynamic and charismatic electronic artist Slaptop sounds absolutely stunning and brilliant in his 11-track debut album With You. The album is a wonderful piece of work, with Slaptop weaving masterfully between different electronic sounds to make a cohesive and engaging album. Lounge, dance, and spacey performances reminiscent of Odesza, Disclosure, and Deadmau5 await in this fantastic record.
“Panama” opens the record with a cool-sounding tropical house loungescape that drapes the entirety of the track. Slaptop emanates swagger right at the onset of the record before rolling into the stylish “Another Life” featuring Geneva White. This one has anthemic pop potential, with Geneva White’s performance rolling beautifully with Slaptop’s energy as they culminate together in a wonderful chorus.
Will Fraker sounds fantastic in “Passenger,” a cool lounge track that sounds like it was ripped right out of a Disclosure album. The song has an easygoing yet artsy feel to it that adds a pleasant string of neon to the record. Its catchy and insatiable energy gives this song replayability.
“I Try” with Olivia Florentino has more of a vibe that combines Odesza and Cashmere Cat into a track that you can’t help but float to.
The album then slips into a certain sinister energy with “With You.” Here, Slaptop channels a fiery swagger that gives the album a much needed aggressive edge. The drum sequences that dominate this track are irresistible, adding to the record’s night
“What I Mean” adds an edgy hip-hop flair to the album, featuring Tate Kobang. The song bounces at a contagious pace that fans will love for its stylish energy, as well for how much it stands out from the other tracks.
Slaptop continues to exude his cool energy as he rolls forward with “Jump Into,” which features Maxine Marcus. This one has a breezy feel to it as Marcus’ airy vocals croons beautifully over Slaptop’s instrumental. It leads nicely into “Come Down” with Rozzi Crane as Slaptop returns to a more darker version of the hip-hop sounds on his record.
“Change” sounds cool and is an absolute joy to vibe to as Slaptop begins to approach the final stretch of his album. It is a quiet opening to “Palm,” the longest track on the record. This one has a more ambient vibe that features a darker and more obscure composition and drop. Its darker and more European industrial vibe adds more edge to the record.
With You then ends with Settling, a spacey outro that brings a peaceful finality to Slaptop’s record.
Slaptop delivers a dynamic record that is full of style and substance. Rounded by a lethal production, Slaptop’s debut album shows much potential, and we cannot wait for what else he has in store.
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