Ghasper – Mima EP
Lonely Tuesday comes in with a hip hop beat (think Snoop Dogg’s Drop It Like It’s Hott). The ambient synths create a calming undertow. Then we get this Flume and Porter Robinson vibe with the synth taking on a very percussive role. Cheeky ad libs are included to add some bright fluff, adding elusive characters to bring out the clever space work.
Floating sounds like I’m floating right off the bat. It’s a super celestial ambiance that slowly rises into some hard trap style future bass with cheeky ad libs that remind me of Wave Racer. One of my favorite ad libs was the home run bat from Super Smash Bros. This song, again reminds me of arrangements done by Porter Robinson.
Mima makes me feel like I’m in Zelda at the intro. I’m then hit with wobbly horn sounds that move effortlessly like the waves of an ocean. The song moves into a hard hitting percussion with an uplifting synth melody, creating a nice contrast between happy and angry.Pipa plays off Mima, picking up from where Mima ended. The song moves a bit quicker than Mima, and ads an Asian string instrument for a different sounding vibe. The buildup is quick and the result is WOW. The percussion elements are STRONG in this one and the dynamic sonic elements create a very dancy chorus. The melody reminds me a bit of Flume’s Disclosure remix of You & Me.
Brazil comes in dark, with heavy sub bass sounds. The percussion sounds like someone knocking on the door, adding the songs mysteriousness. The drop comes in with a dynamic arpeggiated vocal sound that eludes chaos. I’m liking the story of mystery, chaos, and wonderment in this one. The percussion elements are super dynamic, showing off the artists percussion production techniques.
Luvn U is a bit more lighthearted, with two vocal characters having a conversation in the intro. The percussion elements are of a Jack-In-The box, creating a unique drum atmosphere. Then oscillating synths and space is added to the beat to create that dance vibe.
3AM (Bonus Track) is a fun vocal chop play with a super dynamic beat and unique high end percussion elements. One of my favorite sections is the space play at 0:51, using only vinyl sound as a pausing moment in the trap beat. Then the texture at around 1:30 is really impressive, bending synth elements to create super interesting sounds along with the beat.
A.D.D. (Bonus Track) comes in pretty happy with a Daft Punk-esque vocoder on the vocals. Then the drop, where the synths act as kick drums and change up their arrangement at each and every part. The beat is certainly A.D.D in this track, keeping with a similar tone throughout.
Changes (Bonus Track) is super ambient with strong, stacked synths. When the melody kicks in, it reminds me of a Marshmello melody: super happy and fun-loving. This vibe continues throughout the track. The drums tho, get a bit more dancy towards the end, giving the listener a bit more of a breakbeat from the longer synth notes. Starting at the three minute mark, there’s a beautiful piano bridge that brings orchestral strings and leads into a super happy and heavy drop.
Drugs Inc (Bonus Track) is a trap song with a super unique synth sound as it’s driving force. It’s a super high-end sounding synth, that misses the low-end on purpose, creating that contrast between the synth and kick drum that we love from trap.
Switch (Bonus Track) brings the choir that leads into asian strings that sound almost like keys. There’s a flute that comes in as well, giving the song a unique international beat that moves a LOT.
Pacific Coast Highway (Bonus Track) sounds like an old-school, hip hop beat, and it’s FIRE. It’s a perfect song for coasting along the Pacific Coast Highway. Love how he ended the EP with a fire hip-hop beat.
Ghasper – Mima EP Conclusion