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Change Leopardon- "Canvas Shoes" ‡ MP3

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I was sure that by the end of 2009, chillwave would be dead, but it's quickly becoming the genre that just won't quit. Change Leopardon isn't a chillwave project, but it dabbles.

It's fronted by a CT music producer with pretty varied tastes. His debut EP, Juchitán, is unapologetic as it shifts from the drone-heavy distortion of "FIghty Cat" to the feedback-laced minimalism on "Cenotes." There are some recurring themes among the 6-song EP, though: samples, reverb, extremely obscured vocals, and danceable tempos.

"Canvas Shoes" has a start-of-summer feel that most will liken to Washed Out or Memory Tapes. The sunny guitars are undeniable, and the crisp beat comes through a sample of Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love." The vocals croon over the mix, sounding completely unintelligible due to all the reverb. It's a bit disorienting, but the steady beat keeps it all in place. Grab the track below, and download the 5 others on Change's bandcamp page.

MP3: Change Leopardon- Canvas Shoes TND TIP: IF YOUR WAVES ARE TOO CHILL, USE SOME HIP HOP TO WARM 'EM UP.