Dromes – ‘Deep Thoughts’ (ep review)

Dromes is the moniker of Orlando vocalist, DJ, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Chandler Strang. Over the past few months, he’s released a handful of remixes and original tracks, some purely instrumental, and some featuring his own voice or a number guest vocalists. Now, Dromes is gathering those tracks for his debut EP, Deep Thoughts. Enjoy.

Deep Thoughts is not a predictable listen. It’s filled with differing sounds, changes in tone, and unfamiliar voices. And with each new track, Dromes pulls elements from different parts of the musical spectrum. “Within, Without,” the EP’s opener, is filled with these airy synth lines that evoke Washed Out. On the very next track, “I Don’t Hate You,” Dromes lulls over these acoustic guitar melodies that hearken back to early early-to-mid-2000’s R&B slow jams – see Usher’s “U Got It Bad” and Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around… Comes Around.” He again switches things up on the pulsing “Norwegian Gem,” which incorporates vibrant cymbals that really add color to the song.

These jumps in style are what make Deep Thoughts such a fun ride. After repeated listens, I began to see Dromes as this guru of sound, continuously changing hats and looking damn good in every single one. But, he’s not alone. The features Dromes brings on Deep Thoughts also help shape the changing musical landscape. The vocal samples from Orlando pop artist Priest on “Only One” haunt the instrumental, turning the song into somewhat of a Crystal Castles’ stronghold. Then on “Relapse,” Dromes and Delia Albert, vocalist from Gainesville duo PALMEDO, craft an infectious, sugar-coated, dance-inducing pop tune. I could go on about the greatness of Mr. 3’s slick verse on the EP’s closer – there’s some great lines about Zubats in caves and meeting girls on Tinder – but I think I’ve made my point. I like this.

“Mr. 3 and Dromes got the shit to make your smoothie melt.”

FAV TRACKS: “If It’s Alright,” “Norwegian Gem,” “Relapse”

Cateye – “Taker (Little Faux Remix)”

Recently, Melbourne-based garage rock trio Cateye went on an indefinite hiatus after a farewell show at The 27 Club. I wasn’t able to go to the show, but I did see them last year at Uncle Lou’s. Their live show was an aggressive fuzz storm, with grudge-like movements and vocals by Olivia Rogers. If you never got to experience what I’m talking about, you can still download the band’s newly released Blood, Sweat, and Beers for whatever price you wish.

Here’s a new version of Cateye’s “Taker,” remixed by electronic producer, Little Faux. Enjoy.



Hear more from Little Faux at their Soundcloud.

Now check the O.G. version!

10 Days to Bonnaroo: Disclosure

Before I introduce you to today’s artist, I wanted to take a second and thank everyone for their overwhelming support. Thanks to all of you, especially everyone from the Bonnaroo subreddit, my work has been shared with more people than ever before. If you’d like to hear about future posts, (whether they be: new singles, album reviews, underground artists, or anything else music related) you can follow me on WordPress, Facebook, or Twitter. Enjoy.

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: The ‘Jesus Tent’ is a good place to check out for breakfast. Free water, fruit, snacks, and coffee. While you’re there, they have free phone chargers you can use.

Disclosure – Saturday, June 14, 12:00 A.M. – The Other Tent

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Broken Bells, Chromeo, Washed Out



Disclosure is an English electronic duo, whose debut album Settle became wildly popular last year with the help of massive dance singles like “Latch.” The pair of Guy and Howard Lawrence create an infectious blend of house and synthpop that incorporates simple repetitive beats and a variety of guest vocalists. This isn’t music that needs to convince you to dance; movement comes naturally.

Disclosure is sure to be a huge crowd pleaser at Bonnaroo. The duo’s slick production is sure to turn The Other Tent into a chic London club, full of stars sipping champagne. Or, it may just be a tent filled with tired, sweaty concert patrons. But I can’t tell the difference.

Weekend Anthem: Rudimental – “Baby (feat. MNEK & Sinead Harnett)”

I’ve been listening to this song nonstop this week, and although it’s from last year, I had to make it this weekend’s anthem. Without further adieu, “Baby”. Enjoy.


The song comes in with this cool vibe, and builds slowly, exploding in pop havoc. MNEK’s soulful voice amazes me, and combined with Harnett’s repetitive “Baby…,” your ears will be very pleased.