British vocalist, producer and songwriter Chris Ward, better known to the world as his creative side, TROPICS, is ready to release his third album Nocturnal Souls this Friday, June 29 and we have the premiere for you today. The album brings together jazzy elements into electronic, pop and a little psych rock sprinkled in.
If you listen through, you may be able to hear the influence of ex-label mates and friends BADBADNOTGOOD, who co-wrote and co-produced the second track and one of the singles “Keep Turning Me Back.” However their sound can be heard throughout the album like on the final song “Return To,” which has some soft sax and could be a deep cut from a BADBADNOTGOOD record.
The album covers a lot of ground within its pretty focused scope. “The Heat” brings the funk with a slow-burning instrumental track that oozes sex appeal with its guitar licks, funky bass lines, horns and flute subtly caressing your ears in the background. “Come Home” finds Ward singing -- cooing to some lost lover over a soft, jazzy beat, which then transitions into the slightly more uptempo and funky “Velvet.”
The album brings together old and new for TROPICS. It allowed him to explore new sounds as he follows up 2011’s Parodia Flare and 2015’s Rapture.
“This album was about discovery, new boundaries, bringing the old into the new. Transforming negative energy of the past that have held you back, or glued you down, into a positive projection of hope and new fidelity,” TROPICS explains to Magnetic. “It’s about stripping back to roots, to organic and natural appearances. Bearing soul and emotion through a window which aims to be open and showing a pure form."
Stream the full album below until it is released on June 29.