Green Velvet, Eli Brown invigorate with tech house time capsule, ‘Unapologetic Raver’
On “Unapologetic Raver,” Green Velvet and Eli Brown are taking electronic listeners “back, way back, back in time” to “a time before social distancing/when only ravers and doctors wore masks…a time when corona was a beer and not a virus.”
A tech house time capsule that simultaneously captures the zeitgeist of the contemporary moment and that of an earlier age in electronic music, “Unapologetic Raver” thumps its way to streaming platforms to remind listeners of just how much the dance scene has changed in past decades. Directed by the same distinctive sort of spoken-word monologue that has so regularly plunged Green Velvet releases into otherworldly underground territory, the record conducts a daring comparison of rave culture, then and now. The ceaseless strike of the beat and staticky breaks provide auditory stimulation beyond the verbal components, further amplifying the effort.
“Unapologetic Raver” sees Velvet and Brown assume control of streamers’ ears for an inaugural collaboration that, to borrow from the former’s 2014 release, is “bigger than Prince.”
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