If there’s one thing that vaporwave is known for, it is it’s interpretation of “muzak”, the smooth kind that’s expressive but also uniform. “Yacht Rock Breaks” is a form of vaporwave that is simply muzak and good muzak at that.
The thing that sets apart “Yacht Rock Breaks” from the rest of the crowd is it’s defiance towards the electronic kind of muzak and more towards the authentic side of muzak, the muzak that was muzak before smooth jazz took over. Everything on this album will transport you to the 70s where yacthing was in full effect and Miami was the place to be; the artist’s sample selection and it’s consistency helps with that with zero inconsistencies throughout, there’s just this luscious sound that’s both hard and easy to describe and I think the artist executes that perfectly.
The amount of R&B cred this album has is also surprising, especially on Side B where the album just livens up in a futurefunk sort of way; it almost feels like you’ve walked into a dance party where you are the star and the vibes all around are just crazy. That change up contrasts with Side A and helps to make “Yacht Rock Breaks” stand out from the crowd in a way nobody would ever expect it to stand out. It really gives you that positive feeling that you’ve come to expect from Business Casual, and more!
Everything sounds clear and vibrant throughout the record. Even though it’s just samples, it feels like a living breathing record that compels you to enjoy life for what it is even when you’re down in the dumps. Those crystal clear highs, those thumping lows, every bit of it is just inducing in the most common sense of the word. Not only does “Yacht Rock Breaks” feel like what a yacht party is supposed to be like, it goes above and beyond it.
This record is an overall success all around. The artist should be proud he made such a wonderful piece of work and yeah, everybody should be watching him in the future. If you’re in the mood to party and you don’t have a yacht, maybe “Yacht Rock Breaks” is for you!