Rarely do I get an album and immediately go into a tailspin, most of the time I need to let a record grow on me and spend some time with it before I start to gush. Not this one, I was hooked after about 20 seconds.
Kbit's Future Yesterday builds on the nostalgia that has been kicked off by the cultish Netflix series Stranger Things. This project, however, doesn't feel quite as intentional, more like an artist from the 80s transported to the new millennium and given a whole new tool box.
I'm a child of the 80s but never thought I would vibe with a record like this in such a way. It's lush, cinematic and a perfect mix of 80s inspirations that feel fresh and modern in today's chillout ecosystem, which seems to be growing at a rapid rate. I feel a chillout renaissance is on the way - finally. If I hear one more chill trap song, I'm going commit harikari.
Every single song on this album sparkles like a neon sunset moving in slow motion in a future that we all dreamed. It's hopeful, sentimental and even a little melancholy at times but all in a way that kind of leaves you a bit breathless and longing for the days of the cold war.
I will stop waxing poetic about the days of Rubix cubes, 8-bit games, and Tab and just let you dive in for yourself. No matter what your age Future Yesterday will move you in one way or another bathing you in a bubble bath of sounds that will give you a deep emotional healing.
Album number two from Melbourne producer Kbit keeps the cinematic flourishes and melodic structure of his debut release, but this time filtered through the neon haze of an '80s dream.
'Ocean Breeze' lives up to its namesake as a slow disco groove paves the way for a sun-drenched synth line that drives the entire track. 'T. Cruise' features chords and pads that wouldn't be out of place in a hypothetical John Carpenter film starring both Tom Cruise and Kurt Russell. 'Gracie Law' goes one step further with reverb-heavy vocal samples from the classic Carpenter action spectacle 'Big Trouble In Little China', all wrapped up in some filtered breaks.
But going '80s and retro is only one piece of the puzzle as album closer 'Icarus II's Final Transmission' ventures into '90s downtempo territory with its cinematic strings and soulful electric piano. And the menacing 'Breathe' features the sort of sliced-percussion and vocals that have defined a lot of this decade's music.
released January 16, 2017
All tracks written, produced, and mixed by Kosta Andreadis
Artwork by Cristian M. Ruiz Parra