Kodak Cameo – Riviera

Recommendation: ✂ (“Caesar’s Palace,” “Flight Sleep”)


Kodak Cameo sounds like a night on the Riviera. The album is easy listening samples with just a bit of dust (think 90s, not 80s), with occasionally bombastic samples that create a feeling of big coastal cities and watching fireworks on the beach. Like many Fortune 500 releases, this isn’t commentary or irony so much as simply enjoying retro-sounding tunes. There’s a cute twinkle at the end of “Player’s Paradise” that’s reminiscent of a couple of the leads on The Avalanches’ similarly retro Since I Left You – but of course, this isn’t trip-hop, it’s classic-style vaporwave. “Jackpot” has a bit of welcome turntablism, and “Flight Sleep” is as plaintive as its title suggests. But the real kicker of Riviera is “Caesar’s Palace,” a suddenly awesome mix of classic-style vaporwave and techno music that comes out of nowhere and totally kills it. Why isn’t there more like this?!

 

Tracklist


1. Stardust – (1:23)
2. Treasure Island – (1:55)
3. Casino Speedway – (2:00)
4. Mirage – (1:23)
5. Cash Out – (1:20)
6. Red Leather – (2:57)
7. The Strip at Midnight – (3:19)
8. Player’s Paradise – (3:13)
9. Jackpot – (1:36)
10. Mandalay Bay – (3:31)
11. Rainforest Cafe – (1:01)
12. Hotel Lobby – (0:34)
13. Card Shark – (1:44)
14. Excalibur – (2:02)
15. Water Fountain Light Show – (1:14)
16. Caesar’s Palace – (4:34)
17. Flight Sleep – (3:04)


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