::Budakid – Milestones::
Budakid is back on Exploited with a charming 2-tracker that exudes confidence and style. In ‘Milestones’ – which is the title track, he catched up with the highly talented vocalist ‘Bad Actor’ whose voice mesmerizes and hijacks your attention. Channeling early ‘80s ‘new pop’ (Simple Minds and the like) in a modern way with its vocal stylings, signature glitching sounds, soaring synths and realistic rolling bass. A sequenced melody descends and ascends in perfect harmony with the indie-ish low end and with some stadium-sized leads coursing through the veins of this expansive-sounding production, it’s like stepping into a time machine.
‘Graph The Jeff’ goes deeper and prettier with a sound that harks back to vintage electro/house flavours. Overflowing the stunning melody, it immediately stuns with its filtering, detuned 8-bit chord riffs fizzing away over thick, deep bass and spacious percussive rhythms. A dreamy melody coated in a gentle film of white noise rises from the depths in the breakdown, rhythmically in step with the chords but bringing a lighter counterpoint texturally. It’s a heavenly track that will leave you feeling more blissed out than a sunset gong-bath.