by Ray Phaze Tropic

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Vigo Black 02:42
80 Chills 01:32
Mate Late 03:32
Bamboo Flash 10:44


Island vibes meet japanese garden. Tropicalia Jumbalaya!

Ray Phaze Tropic is the moniker of Michigan producer Ben Jarvi. Hear all the nice things that people have said about such a nice dude and his nice tunes:

"Jarvi’s productions take tribal trip-hop sampled rhythms and plunge them into the hazy underwater jungles of psych-drone. These are not so much firmly defined songs as seemingly disjointed collages that form an immersively atmospheric whole. Recommended to fans of dub and the pertinent stuff in its wake made by guys like Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras."
-Matthew Sweeney, Foreign Accents PDX

"Remembering isn’t all that important. The actual experience is what matters. Feeling the thick air, full of humidity and heat, stepping over puddles and pools of mud and muck, handling leaves in your cut hands, gripping them for support and guidance. This is where it’s at. The actuality of the instance. Not the retelling. Not the remembrance. The “right now”.

So, I could tell you about Ray Phaze Tropic’s Afrowigwam, how it’s a cut-and-paste dreamland, soaking in synth goo and laidback rhythmic repetition. How at times it sounds as if you’re aboard an ancient spaceship, hovering over fresh vegetation and growing life, blinking between phrase changes and fuel replenishment. But listening to the album is so much more than those words. That’s right, I just admitted I’m obsolete. See for yourself."
-BORT, Tiny Mix Tapes


released April 14, 2015

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