Coral Records have not only lined up an all-new seapunk EP for us, they might also be expanding into the clothing game. After announcing the new untitled collab between Curtis Vodka and Unknown, their official Facebook page posted: “COMING SOON : IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW RELEASE”:
“Untitled” EP Limited Edition CD-R
We’re basking in some golden-ass sunshine today, folks. No, not outside in Reality where the clouds huddle thick; we’re treating our ears to a day at ‘The Beach’. Fire For Effect, the Kansas-cum-LA reefhead who helped found the burgeoning seapunk trend, has just dropped a brand new single on his Coral Records label. It’s a tidal wave of a jam, complete with watery 8-bit stabs and a tropical techno beat that will have you shrugging off fall sweaters and slipping into swimtrunks faster than you can say ‘this year’s microgenre’. The single comes with two remixes and the poppin’ slammer ‘E.M.P’, and you can stream it and buy it below in the usual way.
“Whoa, hold up!” you say. “I’m a buff + cool bro and I literally can’t get enough stuff. How about something totally free? That would be rad as heck.” Dang. Okay. No problem, because Fire For Effect has also just released the third volume of his #Seapunk mix series. Listen and download here.
The Attentive Teen knows that tumblr and twitter aren’t just social networking timekillers: they’re ways of life. Recently a new buzz has been slipped into the main, and the watchword is #SEAPUNK. Pioneered by rising Los Angeles musicians Shan Beaste (Zombelle), Albert Redwine (Fire For Effect) and Sean Bowie (teams), the microgenre is still wearing training wheels, but it’s already starting to gather speed. With connections that range from Scottish 8-bit hero Unicorn Kid to the based hip-hop collective Ocean Gang, seapunk is at that perfect level where the sound is still undefined, but immediately recognizable.
It’s hard to say what the first splash was; it could have been the Tropicult EP Zombelle released with fellow swimmer Myrrh Ka Ba in July. It might be the frequent postings about aquatic lifestyles that Lil’ Wayne did a while back. Or maybe it’s just fun to create stuff like this. Regardless, seapunk is looking like it might not just be another music-meme: the recently-created Coral Records already has a compilation for sale, featuring artists like Le1f, Slava, and of course teams and Fire For Effect (stream it below) and available soon. Summer may be over, but the ocean is forever. Up the seapunks!