♫♪  Yung Bae - “Honey”

The reappropriation of sound is nothing new, if not a mainstay. In January’s The Trouble with Contemporary Music Criticism, James Parker and Nicholas Croggon, in the midst of deconstructing retromania, touch on the democratic values of vaporwave “challenging the notion of a history as the endless progression of one damn thing after another” – where “the listening experience (is) all about that original; maybe even about the discourse of originality itself.” (It’s a dope feature, check it).

Yung Bae and a fast-growing group of soul calibrated producers (Architecture in Tokyo, マクロスMACROSS 82-99, Hong Kong Express) are working in a realm between reframing and sampling. In response to a followers “tell me your source” inquiry, Stratford, CT’s Yung Bae said simply, in a matter of words, ripped vinyl and ableton. A methodology seen in bright big city lights in “Honey” – a direct reinterpretation of A Taste of Honey’s “Boogie Oogie Oogie.” While vaporwave gets a democratic tag through its ability to resurrect “forgotten muzak dredged up from the depths of the web” (ref to article above), Future Funk/Nu Disco are pump life into well-known – universally recognized in the matter of “Boogie Oogie Oogie” – songs and sounds of yesteryear.

• Yung Bae: https://soundcloud.com/therealyungbae

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