“Hydrate” is the debut long-player from Melbourne’s naps. A world where a lo-fidelity aesthetic meets precise digital manipulation, Hydrate flexes between New Age collage and decaying hip hop, encouraging the listener to keep up in their Nike Free Flyknits.
Shaped and re-shaped over the course of a year, “Hydrate” combines hi-tech composition, subtle arrangements and off-balance rhythm, showcasing the young producer's critical awareness and reductive approach. In his most rounded work to date, naps balances a unique sonic footprint, resulting in an understated and blissful first LP.
Mastered by Mikey Young in Rye, Mornington. Cassette limited to 100 copies.
Design by Tal Levin
"It’s serendipitous that the first tune on Hydrate is called ‘Swim Psychedelia’ since the entirety of this album sounds like some bizarre underwater trip. Everything about Hydrate is washed-out and clean. Sonic corridors come out of nowhere and eviscerate themselves while funk-infused beats and basslines emerge from the murk. Hydrate is expertly constructed and each idea is blurred into oblivion, proving, in the end, to be a laid back masterpiece. This is the kind of music you want to soundtrack your hammock afternoon. Blissed-out weirdness rarely sounds this good."
– FACT Magazine
"The limited progression of beat-music over the last couple of years has really put its creators in an awkward state, and even though it’s not only the practitioners of Live and SP-404s who’ve faced this dilemma, the pre-existing template-like nature of the genre on the whole tends to bind those involved in it to a select palette of psychedelic hip-hop informed by fusion, bent tropicalia, and of course kush. Melbourne’s naps definitely fits into the more abstract region of this domain, but for his debut “long-player” Hydrate, he’s descended even further into the idiosyncrasies of his previous releases to delirious ends."
– Tiny Mix Tapes
"Hydrate, the debut album from Australia’s naps., sounds like a beat-centric, hip-hop tape made by somebody who just got way too high somewhere along the way. The end result comes off as a sound collage with waves of psychedelia slowly rolling over it, while bursts of intricate digital manipulation steadily move to keep the album bright, complex, noisy, and fun.
“For Sale” transports the listener to another world where New Age electronics are still very popular and hip-hop beats are rotting and festering at the bottom of a deep, dark ocean. It’s all quite pleasant, really."
– Cassette Rewind