Published Nov 11, 2015The bedroom beats of Brooklyn, NY's Nicholas Comaratta's debut release as the Space Wanderer, The Playboy EP, evokes the dreamy mind state from which they sprung. The EP is a continuous, hypnotic exploration of a soundscape steeped in the weightlessness of the abyss, five tracks that seem to float across an expanse riddled with reverb, atmospheric glitches and static-y space.
The Playboy rouses to a sleepy start with an atmospheric dub and synths on "The Kalakuta Republic," though as the album progresses, more cohesive elements take hold and root themselves in the tracks. Second track and first single "Keep Me Weird" pulls in melodic vocals and a more tangible bass line. By the time "Rennat" rolls around, though still atmospheric, it's mired in thick, heavy-handed bass and crisp hi-hat, and acts as a centre balance between light and dark. Closing track "Jizz Jazz" moves back towards a lithe space soaked in tinkering synths, slightly mimicking the opener. It's a satisfying listen that promises better things in the Space Wanderer's future. (Independent)