Champagne Drip continues to carve out a path that’s all his own. From his OG days in the drum & bass scene to his heaven trap excursions—and everywhere in between—it’s obvious that genre boundaries have no place in the jaw-dropping world Champagne Drip calls home, with his latest Obelisk EP pushing the envelope even further.
Finding a home on Liquid Stranger’s “weird and wonderful” WAKAAN imprint, the Los Angeles–based artist dives deep into the untethered realms of freeform bass with a mix of leftfield-leaning melodies and tripped-out bass jaunts. Centered on Champagne Drip’s unique approach to production and his unmatched ability to craft intricate soundscapes that merge like an complex synaptic web of deconstructed groove, these four heavyweight cuts are sure to hit listeners full-force and reward those down for multiple listens.
The perfect entryway into the EP is this cut we’re featuring as our Track of the Day, “The Portal.” Even if you’ve followed Champagne Drip through his Deadbeats and Quality Goods releases, and you swear by his remixes for Bassnectar and Zeds Dead & Diplo, nothing can prepare you for the next-level shit the homie is dropping on this one.
An expert at crafting proper cinematic intros, Champagne Drip sets the pace with an insistent sweep toward a psychedelic crescendo that crests on a sci-fi vocal before dumping into the beat proper. With the backbone in place, you may feel yourself settling in for the ride, but right when you think you’re strapped in, Champagne Drip ramps it up a notch with a filthy hook that leaps out from the speakers and keeps you on your toes for the rest of the melodic-infused cut.
From the expertly placed details that swirl in and out, to the stereophonic head-fuckery that Champagne Drip drizzles on your aural self, expect this one to be crushing heads and dreads all summer long.
Available July 27 via Wakaan.