Tropics | Blame
“Just let you go / It felt so wrong / I must have just hesitated / ‘Cuz now you’re gone / Blame me for all of it …” Those are the opening lyrics to Tropics’ (London’s Chris Ward) new slow jam, “Blame”, the first streaming single off the upcoming release, “Rapture” (Feb. 2015), a very fitting track to match the name of the record. I’ve read a few things about Ward’s sound, some comparing it to the low key neo-soul microbeats style of James Blake. There’s some room for comparison there in this new song, but really Ward is his own man. Judging by this single, the track has a singular sense, played out in languid soul, vocally driven sensuality and light, moody aesthetics — which includes overlapping vocals, a flute sound, soft warped noises and scratches. It’s the musical equivalent of fading embers. Ward is signed to the Los Angeles label, Innovative Leisure. –– David D. Robbins Jr.