Roughly two years ago, Joywave snuck their way into my inbox with a mixtape titled 77777. On it was a collection of songs sampling artists like Miike Snow and Beach House. But they weren’t exactly remixes — moreso covers. It was amazing, and I listened to it over and over.
So imagine my excitement when last week, they asked if I’d be up for premiering the first track off their new mixtape, 88888. “Who are you sampling?!?!” I eagerly asked. “We’re not really doing that this time” was the response. Oh. Bummer.
Fortunately my “disappointment” was stifled as soon as I hit play on the track that they had offered. “London” retains all of the amazing elements of songs on their prior mixtape, while showing tell-tail signs of a band evolving. The bassline in particular is a bit of a standout: it’s strongly reminiscent of Caribou’s “Odessa,” but the overlaying vocals and instrumentation avoid the sporadic and disconnected nature associated with Caribou’s version.
Overall, we’re excited to hear the full mixtape when it releases in Spring. For now, you can download London via Soundcloud