I was gaga for Towkio’s gooey, ebullient “Heaven Only Knows.” We even chose it as one of the best songs that week, and given Chance’s assertion that .Wav Theory was one of the year’s best releases, anticipation began to build. “Reflection” is a total 180 from Towkio’s jazz-addled joy. It’s a warbly, EDM downer about doing cocaine. The fingerprints of rising wünderkid Kaytranada are all over its glitchy beats and springy drops, but there’s no glory. Towkio still knows how to throw his voice around like a boxer jabbing an opponent, but I hope .Wav Theory has a few more upbeat songs in the mix too. This one is making me feel as empty as a morning-after coke vial. Listen below.
.Wav Theory is set to come out 4/28.