DJ Underbelly’s ‘Ripple’ Good for Poolside Pondering

UCSB Student Grooves on New EP

You may know Azeem Ward tourmate DJ Underbelly from 2013’s personable YouTube tutorial “You Suck at Producing,” in which the current UCSB student good-humoredly guides the viewer through producing a drum sample. He comes off as chill, smart, and deeper than meets the ear. The same could be said for his new EP, Ripple, a three-track poolside playlist for pondering and playing alike. “Breather” opens the set with breathy beats and psychedelic innocence, while “Stingray,” a highlight, features a waterfall-like piano line. Somewhere between the nostalgic console-game chill of Friendzone and the aquatic ambience of Fur/Coyote Clean Up, DJ Underbelly makes electronica that’s thoughtful, relaxing, and very strong.

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