Joakim - Tropics Of Love

A dot matrix of mostly polite, quietly affecting, future-lapsed electronica...
Joakim - Tropics Of Love

‘Tropics Of Love’ presents itself as a dot matrix of mostly polite, quietly affecting, future-lapsed electronica and soul (‘Each Other’) and electro-pop never found with too much pomp (‘Heartbeats’), where drowsy digitals see to a digitally rendered Neil Young cover.

Blotted by ‘This Is My Life’ making a complete mess of doing ironic cool, and Italo raver ‘Rx777’ finding its dancing feet – both are obviously in need of an edit – Frenchman Joakim Bouaziz offers you a turndown service that looks to dress the ’80s in less flinty synthetics than his CV lists, and calm you down come closing time with a punk-free pledge.

Ten-minute set conclusion ‘Hero’ is the album’s snapshot of being lo-fi, yet simultaneously gaining glossed strength.

7/10

Words: Matt Oliver

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