- D. Tiffany and Bobby Draino have thrown a few parties in Vancouver under the banner Dolphin Surround Sound. They're intimate afterhours events that give Vancouver's groovy house sound a psychedelic twist; you're as likely to hear an old trance tune as a disco cut. The party's core duo has a stoned energy that emphasizes long blends, luxe textures, dulcet melodies and loopy drums. That feeling is distilled to its purest essence on "Arctic Travel," the latest track to emerge from the Vancouver scene's purple patch.
"Arctic Travel" is a laid-back epic, if there ever was such a thing. It spreads out over a languorous ten minutes, built on D. Tiffany's bassline—think an old Chicago house record, drunk and stumbling a bit—with icy pads and dubby chords over the top. It sounds like they're making it up as they go, and it's never less than captivating, the kind of half-lidded jam that throws just enough at you to maintain interest.
That track alone would be enough to make a great 12-inch, but the solo efforts on the B-side sweeten the deal. Bobby Draino dresses down for "Another Vibe (Lolo's House Mix)," a rawer acid house track cushioned by soft, downy pads. On the balmy side of things, D. Tiffany's "Green-T" bathes its bassline in mist. A barely-there synth line makes it the after-afterhours counterpart to "Arctic Travel." Both tracks have a live feel, with playful modulation equally suited to zoning out and dancing. After star turns from Jack J and Florist last year, Arctic Travel marks Bobby Draino and D. Tiffany as the latest Vancouver acts to look out for.
A1 Bobby Draino & D. Tiffany - Arctic Travel
B1 Bobby Draino - Another Vibe (Lolo's House Mix)
B2 D. Tiffany - Green-T