Jacuzzi General – Dreams of the Tropics EP

While there may be a few seemingly unpolished moments, Jacuzzi General’s first EP is immediately engaging, a kaleidoscopic voyage into multi-faceted electronica that’s both relaxing and danceable

Album Review by Eugenie Johnson | 04 Dec 2018
  • Jacuzzi General – Dreams of the Tropics EP
Album title: Dreams of the Tropics
Artist: Jacuzzi General
Label: Paradise Palms Records
Release date: 7 Dec

On Pool Shark, the lead single from his debut EP Dreams of the Tropics, Jacuzzi General threads together a looping Iranian guitar riff with jackhammer synth pulses and a short, repeated spoken word verse that proclaims to want the better things in life, including '100 pairs of custom-made shoes'. It’s a combination that on paper perhaps shouldn’t work, yet the self-styled General makes it seem natural. Everything hangs together in a mix that is textured and continually surprising.

Pool Shark certainly sets the tone for the remainder of Dreams of the Tropics. The EP – which is also being released via the medium of washing instructions on embroidered cotton hand towels, aiding listening in both the bath tub and hot tub – constantly treads a fine line between dancefloor-filling beats and dreamy, exotic moods. Dramatic opener Prelude is both a cosmic voyage and a techno thriller that’s filled with tension and release. Meanwhile, Dreams introduces itself by aurally transporting the listener to more tropical climes before unravelling with languid percussion and light carnival vibes; it’s just a shame that it's sometimes overshadowed by an electronic melody that can diminish these aspects. While there may be a few seemingly unpolished moments, the General’s first EP is immediately engaging, a kaleidoscopic voyage into multi-faceted electronica that’s both relaxing and danceable.

Listen to: Pool Shark

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