LAMEBOT has been a little quiet on the live music scene this month, taking time off to wrap up some projects and collabs. October 30th will see the release of his newest EP, Vortex. We’ve ramped our promo emails into overdrive to get some press for the project and the response has gone exactly as expected according to our press release. Rejected from over 30 industry leading blogs, the bright side is evident in that nearly all of them provided feedback as to why they didn’t care to feature the EP. There was an underlying theme in all the rejections, and to put it simply, it was just that the drops were “too unexpected” or didn’t fit the mold of “traditional EDM”. If only they realized, that was exactly the point.
What follows is a copy/paste of the description portion of the press release sent out for Vortex:
Miami’s quasi-friendly neighborhood bass music robot has a new three song EP and it’s full of deep wubs and sparkly melodies. Imagine you fell through (and survived) a black hole into a parallel world where all progress stopped in 1989… but you arrive 100 years in that timeline’s future. As you try and make your way back to your own dimension, this is the soundtrack to your adventure. LAMEBOT presents: Vortex. Vortex sees LAMEBOT adopting some overused and regurgitated EDM tropes and reshaping them in his own sadboy, rainbow vomit image.
Art and creative direction by NYC based artist KAMIKVZE (ASOC Boyz, Black Pyramid)
The rejections positively highlight that LAMEBOT got his point across. The songs were good enough to merit a response and consideration, but too different or unconventional in certain sections, that they all felt it didn’t fit into the norm.
Vortex opens up with “Strawberry Ice”. It sets the tone by introducing you to well known and perhaps overdone EDM conventions, like a basic four on the floor kick pattern following some very festival-friendly chords. However, after telling you to “step your game up” it shifts gears into a variation of the typical festival house drop and then a bridge before breaking down again. The second segment goes into sort of an “anti-drop” with no kicks where the drop section would be and then flips back and into a heavier section. This is not your typical “festival banger” arrangement.
The next song opens with chords that would make Deadmau5 proud. The intro for “Blue Champagne” eases in some standard-issue kicks before filtering in Lexa Terrestriall’s vocals and completely subverting your expectations. Jersey Club and Juke are some influences prevalent in the drop sections, making this track a fast-paced, high-energy ride. Conversely, Jersey Club and Juke are two underrepresented sub-genres at most festivals, making the drops hard to comprehend if what you’re expecting is more in line with, let’s say, a Martin Garrix track.
The closing track is a pallet cleanser. “Fucking Incredible” mirrors the tingly sensation brought on during an autonomous sensory meridian response, in which your skin tingles from the scalp to the base of the spine due to euphoria induced by an auditory trigger. It’s both a hopeful and melancholic close to the EP that is meant to be more open-ended than finite. The listener decides how the journey ends. Despite having more pop like instrumentation, the bass is heavy-handed with a full sub layer and shifting upper frequencies. The lead synth riff is uncommon along with the sound design. The drum patterns are complex and full of accentuating pauses.
Overall, it’s not difficult to see why this project was spurned by so many blogs and playlists. It serves as a testament, that the artistic vision was spot on. Pre-orders are live on LAMEBOT’s Bandcamp and the EP will be available everywhere 10/30. We’ll leave you with a taste of the EP, as well as a fistful of anonymous quotes from the various blogs who passed on featuring Vortex.
“There are times where the drum tempo is throwing me off…”
“You got potential but you need to layer more…”
“Lots of build for a small drop.”
“The drops need work, they’re a bit weird…”
“…needs more conventional sounds”
“What is jersey club?”
“…add something that adds more soul.”
“I don’t understand what you’re trying to do.”
“This tracks drop seems very out of timing.”
“The tempos changes are a bit too drastic.”
“The drops are weird, not what we expected.”
“…feels like it clashes with tempo of some other production”
“I don’t understand the kick patterns in track 2”
“Not sure what you’re trying to do here.”
“Good quality but sounds too different”
“Starts like traditional EDM and then you lose us.”
…and trust us, there’s more.