It would be fair to say that this is a highly confident debut from Cola Boyy, a 28 year-old Californian multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer who delights in joining the dots between sun-kissed West Coast rock, '80s electrofunk, dream pop, soul and funk. Head first for opener "Penny Girl", a cheery chunk of radio-friendly goodness that sits somewhere between Prince, AOR soul and classic turn-of-the-'80s disco, before turning your attention to the reggae-influenced sunshine funk goodness of "Have You Seen Her". Elsewhere, "Come Mid July" is a spacey and bluesy chunk of Nillson-ish dream pop dragged kicking and screaming into the synthesizer era, while "Beige 70" is a wonderfully loved-up chunk of hazy sunrise soul.
Bodies is Chanaski aka Stefan Haag's third release on the acclaimed LARJ label, and sees him drop a series of hardware-produced jams. First up, he displays his love of 80s electro with "Erscheinung". Featuring steely 808s and a Parliament bass, it seamlessly fuses stern, robotic synths and a riotous, freestyle aesthetic. On "Paura", Haag turns towards the dance floor, this time with straighter kicks and squelchy bass pulses creating a robust techno jam. However, Chinaski has a different side: "Forbidden" is more reflective and sees him drop evocative electro synths, while "Face 2 Face" provides the listener with an atmospheric ambient outro.