I first heard this collaboration between Steffaloo and Chrome Sparks about two years ago. Steph Thompson had flown out from her native Los Angeles to Ann Arbor (my home at the time) to tour with one of many iterations of the Chrome Sparks live band out to CMJ. After an exhaustingly psychedelic day, I found myself at a loft party, refreshed by the immediately cooling vibes of the recently assembled band. The soothing sound of Steph’s took me from a world of chaos to a relieving single focus as it floated above the mallet-rich percussive drive of the group.
This is not the same version that had helped me to find my center what feels like an eternity ago, but I’m pleased to know its heart is still in the same place.
Steffaloo is sharing an entire album’s worth of collaborations with like-minded producers, entitled Heart Beats. The cast includes a host of Portals favorites such as Moon Bounce, Magical Mistakes, Different Sleep, and Slow Magic, thanks to Mush Records. Heart Beats will be released on 10/29.