Raph Lauren ‘The Teenage Years’
Sydney beat-maker Raph Lauren may not be a name you’re familiar with… yet. His unique blend of scattered beats layered with funky future synths develops with each track he uploads, and his latest track The Teenage Years is no exception.
The upbeat, yet somehow chilled out track is cautious in the way it sways through genres so you can’t quite put your finger on it. From the breakdowns with steady beats and hand claps, combined with the melody of the reverb laden synths makes for a pretty groovy tune. The melodies vary, and are fragmented between vocal samples where the song changes direction.
From the first female giggle at the start of the song, you’re captivated by the unique and refreshing track that steers clear of typical “up and coming” sounds that new producers seem to head. I can’t tell if I would like to listen to this song at a party, or alone winding down, but I do know that I really want to listen to it.
The relatively quiet producer is steadily making a name for himself, and has already received a nod from Wax Waves for his previous track, Chicago.
That was around six months ago, and the differences between the two songs in question are notable, yet the core sound remains the same: skittering percussion combined with piano melodies and intriguing vocal samples. I, for one, can’t wait to see where this goes.
Kind of like a chilled out Ryan Hemsworth or Lapalux, Raph Lauren is a name to remember!
Words by Emma Jones.