Samiyam is simply prolific in the way that he can manage to create timepieces with his music, a stance that is glitched and warped at a glance; but at most times is a auditory journey of themes through sound. Samiyam’s newest work, Pizza Party is much shorter in length than his previous piece, Animals Have Feelings and touches upon a little bit different of a style.
Pizza Party is instead a change of pace that takes to mostly a laid-back, more zoned-out grouping of instrumentals that consist of off-beats, experimental sounds, and a focus on creating the strange through his fingertips. Samiyam is an instrumental mastermind that opens with “Slime”, a shrilling and eventually warped vapor-wave-esque style of percussion and synths come stumbling in. There is almost an immediate sense of beauty behind the keys as Samiyam takes the fantastically detailed level of production to immaculate heights, where it can soar, replicating the spreading of wings. The synths are Samiyam’s main weapons here as he is able to manipulate them, shifting them into these bending-styled levels of range. He focuses heavily on creating lots of space between himself and the listener, a great amount of distancing and fading is used as the second track, “Saturday Morning” begins to flood into frame.
Trading the warping for instead a straight-focused instrumental, Samiyam uses pianos and an Atari-esque sample of revving synths that begin to fade into the background as the clasping hi-hats take over the majority of the sound. Samiyam seems to take a serious interest in vintage sound as Pizza Party feels as though it had stepped right out of the 80’s in full, neon glory. Especially with the self-titled track, “Pizza Party” that has a real smooth introduction that eventually leads into what sounds more like a villain’s theme music. Samiyam is less destructive as a producer and instead works on using ambiance and grace to put his messages across to the audience. Even as the synths click along, and the pads play this ominous shine through the backing, Samiyam still keeps the pressure on with the rapid string ensembles that chatter, creating one giant monster of sound.
The closest thing to an actual true hip-hop track instrumental is “Dog Sweater”, which features a level-headed call to arms of balancing snares and bass that never truly overpowers or over-encumbers. Instead, Samiyam keeps a steady pace as he moves through the twelve track beat-tape, never skipping on the variety of instruments as it begins to feel as though he had an entire orchestra of sound to work with from the various chord progressions and diversity that comes through. As the final moments begin to approach, Samiyam releases some of the more memorable, harmonious tracks on Pizza Party, both “Rough” and “What Can I Do” which features Jonwayne are stand-alones that work well as closers. “Rough” is quite the opposite of its name as Samiyam takes splashing cymbals, claps, and cascading synths to a new level of tranquility.
His style is incredibly eloquent and it is apparent that the closers are a finale of fireworks, putting Pizza Party on a new level of adaptability and replayablility from Samiyam. He manages to create a sense of alluring classiness, but also a modern spin on the older, retro days. Samiyam is a producer to watch for his golden touch and for his unique stylistic approach to his projects. Pizza Party is just another stone in his discography that illustrates just how sensational he can be.
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