Album: Time Machine – The Geek x Vrv
Best Tracks: Payeng’s Ark 1979, Electric City 2015, Get Funky 1933, Kanagawa Waves 1831
Axel Rondeau & Vincent Téoulé became the funky, electro-hop duo known as The Geek x Vrv in 2013, taking their inspiration from artists like Gramatik and infusing their own funky style into their music. I recently came across their album, Time Machine, while browsing music and I am happy to say it is one of my favorite albums ever.
Time Machine takes listeners beyond genre lines and time periods with each song labelled around a time in music that was important for The Geek x Vrv, going all the way back to 1831 with Kanagawa Waves 1831 in which there are many eastern instruments that lead the track. The LP itself has influences in genres like hip-hop, future bass, electro, funk, and disco. Many tracks combine these elements to provide an even more unique sound.
Time Machine starts with Get Funky 1933 and Oh Baby 1939, excellent openers that draw similarities with Daft Punk combined with funky grooves that have inspiration from much earlier music. Songs like Roller Disco 1980 and Time Machine 1985 take from the age of disco with brass instruments and funky grooves which perfectly encapsulates the time periods The Geek x Vrv draw from in Time Machine. The future bass side of things can be heard in Payeng’s Ark 1979 and Electric City 2015. Then, the LP is tied together with some slow Jazz in Paris Jazz Club 1920 to finish off.
All in all, this is a perfectly crafted LP in my opinion that I believe has not received enough attention. I highly recommend this album.