Endorsed by industry heavyweights deadmau5 and Skrillex, Rezz has gone from strength to strength in the build up to her debut album. My introduction to the 22-year-old producer was two years ago when she released her Insurrection EP on Skrillex’s Nest imprint. I then became less enthralled by the tracks which followed. Recently her sound has shifted to the glitchy and atmospheric, which feel right at home on mau5trap. Her 2017 releases have once again caught my ear; she’s on form and she means business.
Mass Manipulation immediately draws you in with a distorted hypnosis tape on ‘Relax’. While the Paul McKenna android voice adds creative comic effect, the bass and glitches set a dystopian tone. ‘Diluted Brains’ proves just as sinister, again employing eerie buzzes and glitches and echoey bleeps creating an ominous sonic space.
With just 8 tracks and a total run-time of under half-an-hour, this album is relatively short by modern standards.
The industrial fury of ‘Premonition’ and ‘LIVID’ is intense but by no means discordant. Rezz doesn’t let the rhythm and arrangement become lost in the chaos. The highlight is ‘Green Gusher’ with its room shaking kick and snare drum combined with the heavy bass wobble. The melodic breakdown and record scratch effects provide great texture.
With just 8 tracks and a total run-time of under half-an-hour, this album is relatively short by modern standards. However, in the case of Rezz’s music, this probably works in her favour. Her tracks are primed for her live sets and while they still hit hard on the record, their place is alongside other tracks in a mix. This isn’t a criticism of her incredible production abilities, more an observation as the album draws to a close.
Rezz’s collaboration with Kotek on ‘Ascension’ delivers a great finale for what is an impressive debut album.
Rezz’s best work to date
‘Green Gusher’ and ‘Ascension’ are highlights
Original and captivating
|2. Diluted Brains|
|3. Premonition (feat. knodis)|
|4. DRUGS! (feat. 13)|
|6. Green Gusher|
|10. Ascension (feat. Kotek)|