22 year old Ottawa home producers Riohv aka Braden Thompson ends up at an extremely hazy crossroads of scruffy acid house and colour drenched hybrid techno that aligns perfectly with the 1080p mantra.
One of the most lucid and rich Soundcloud-stumbles of recent months, his debut “Moondance” delivers with a distinct set of long, airy pads and serene zone-out hybrid electronic moods that coast between faintly dysfunctional homemade lo-fi and more dancefloor-focused early acid reflections.
“Moondance” is one to sit back to; even with a steady but fuzzy four-four beat running under most of the c50, laid back and distinctly shredded, distant synth melodies send each bedroom-based track into the cosmos or the after-hours.
Sharing many daydream affinities with recent 1080p signees (and Internet friends) Khotin and D. Tiffany along with similar ideals in terms of combining classic dance music modes with those of experimental pop and drone, readily skipping between genres along the way.
It’s not until album closer “Untitled (Outro)” that Riohv’s mission statement is really laid out in full; euphoric, wonky synths meander against a backdrop of tape recordings of fireworks with the same blurry sincerity that is evident throughout all of “Moondance”.
released September 9, 2014
Art by Russell Maurice
Mastered by Riley Byrne
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