Somewhere between the rich, percussive instrumentation of Daphni, and the layered synths and ear for a hook of M83 resides Tropics, aka Southampton artist Chris Ward.

Producing, singing, and playing all instruments himself, he was picked up early on as an outstanding talent for his lush and highly melodic dream pop, which Pitchfork labeled ‘intoxicatingly tuneful’.

Following an EP and the critically acclaimed album Parodia Flare for Planet Mu, Ward spent 2012 producing remixes for Little Dragon, M83 & Polica, before bring his voice to the fore on one of the vocal hooks of the year with Popup Cinema, the lead track from his EP of the same name for cult Serbian label Svetlana Industries.

‘A voracious and accomplished student of sound’ Pitchfork

‘Impressive stuff’ Paul Lester, The Guardian