As a result, there's something very retro about Champagne Sounds, but not in a clichéd way. (Well, maybe the slap bass is a bit much.) It's more like the natural influence of someone who grew up listening to old funk and hip-hop records. The EP feels very present—Obey's drums are practically in the room with you. They go well with the stainless steel synths on "Quantum Phase," where every percussive hit is a punch through the air, and they ground the otherwise floaty R&B jam "Fallin' (U Know)."
The drums are also unpredictable, as Obey fleshes his beat tunes into full-fledged songs. "Tell Her" is a love saga floating between lighter-than-air elation and grotty tension, and "Uptown Pumps" is like a sugar-high with a tumbling hip-hop beat. Nailing the tension between club indulgence and pithy songcraft, Champagne Sounds shows a promising new artist crafting delightfully shiny tracks out of deceptively complex ideas.