Album Discussion: Problems by DJ CAMGIRL

(Image courtesy of PLUS100.)

I think there’s no right way to start a music blog in a landscape that forever updates itself with new releases everyday, but let’s go take a stab at a release that’s been in my mind lately.

For those who are not in the know, DJ CAMGIRL is the side-project from the evolutionary sound of Vaperror. He’s most known for his dreamy trap production, and has recently gone off to explore other styles like juke and acid house. Such an off-the-cuff drum and bass and colorful house production is glowingly familiar territory, however, look at some tracks from Polychromatic Compiler like the collected coolness of “Aquarium” and you’ll see where the sound is coming from.

“Aquarium” by Vaperror (2015), courtesy of Dream Catalogue

But we’re not here to talk about his main projects, but to discuss of DJ CAMGIRL, a faster and sharper beast from preceding releases. What makes an album like Problems so interesting is the massive pacing of its drum patterns and its lack of restraint, painting a more colorful and easy-going release ripe for mainstream listen. Some immediate comparisons one could touch on is the PC Music-like bubblegum pop atmosphere permeating each track, like the 808-frenzied rhythms of “Proppa” and the touching female-vocals on “Blade Princess.” The underground popularity of hardvapour is also a noticeable add-on to the formula in such tracks like the bassy introduction of the title track and the supremely headbanging groove of “Toybox.” A final element that may seem unnoticeable at first is the generous amount of chiptune sprinkled as a supplement, such as the growling intro to “Stomp Dat.”

“Blade Princess” by DJ CAMGIRL (2016), coutesy of PLUS100

For those familiar with Vaperror’s discography, a large aspect of Problems by DJ CAMGIRL may come as a déjà vu. “Euphorium” sounds a lot like the progressions found on the juke rework of “CD64.” Some elements of “Crystal Body” from Acid Arcadia feel present on “30 Free” such as the percussion pattern and synth production. So, those are welcome tidbits if you’re really into his music. Problems is the quick, digestible, and fun listen from a side-project like DJ CAMGIRL. It’s equal parts extravagant and efficient but never faltering on the lackluster commentary of a b-side compilation. One will find fulfillment in repeated listens while looking like the coolest guy during a car playlist or in the party’s next queue.

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Problems on cassette, courtesy of PLUS100.

Purchase and download Problems by DJ CAMGIRL over at PLUS100 here, and get yourself a cassette while they’re still available!

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