Comprised of electronic producer & DJ, Phuse, and R&B singer-songwriter Jo-B Sebastian, Tropic was born from a mutual respect for each other’s inspirations and musical work. The duo blends R&B textures, electronic landscapes, pop hooks and funk rhythms, combining Phuse’s slick, luscious production and beats with Jo-B’s poetic lyrics and irresistible melodies.
Equal parts nostalgic throwback and futuristic daydreaming, Tropic are fast becoming an unstoppable force in 2020. Their signature sound has captured the attention of critics and fans alike. Their self-released debut EP, Bittersweet, has racked up more than 100,000 streams across all music platforms, and their popular single “Alive” was added to Spotify’s New Music Friday editorial playlists in 9 countries and earned a spot on 3 Spotify editorial playlists, amassing more than 500,000 streams since its release. Their single, a heartfelt tribute to the Mariah classic “Always Be My Baby”, was put on Spotify’s New Music Friday and was also added to Spotify’s Pride-centric playlist “Bahaghari”. And recent singles “Secret” and “Paradise” have both racked up 100,000 Spotify streams in just a few months.
Speaking on “Down”, Tropic explained:
“‘Down’ is a coming of age story, written from the perspective of someone forced to grow up too soon. The transition of summer to fall always leaves us with a lingering melancholy, and with ‘Down’ we mirror the changing of seasons with a song that laments the memories and people we try so hard to leave behind but can’t seem to let go of.“
With praise from publications like Earmilk, Acid Stag, River Beats and The Young Folks, voiced support from the likes of Pat Lok, Lophiile and Hotel Garuda, upcoming tour dates and much more music on the horizon, the duo shows no sign of slowing down.