For his first release of the year, moody bass beau Woz is sticking with Black Butter - the killer bottom end-loving label who has helped make him who he is today. He's been away a while, but he's back with a bang on "Breathe": a thumping sleazy houser full of urgent twitchy hi-hats, sultry vocals and a particularly nasty bassline, and that's before the creepy sound effects filter in along with an eerie piano coda. However, if you fancy your bass on the deeper side, "Cold", with its slinky linear groove and dubby pads, is the one for you.
Woz has been making a name for himself around the Isles, with everyone from Skream to Toddla T and even Rusko banging out his tunes, and he's back in style with his latest EP for Black Butter, a label which is also rapidly getting to be known as a Mecca for all things bass-heavy. "Early Morning Champagne" features Joel Compass on the mic and boasts a rather sexy house groove along with a proper, bouncing bassline. "Keep" is probably our favourite, though: a straight, menacing house roll which rapidly transforms into a wacked-out assemblage of cowbells, woofing subs and tribal vocal chants. Watch out for the Komon and Adelaide remixes of the title track, they're pretty beastly!
Bristol-based Woz has a growing reputation in the bass music scene. Following a recent guest appearance on Mistajam's 1Xtra show, he's now ready to release some more original music (much of his back catalogue comprises remixes). Zylo sets out his stall, pitching him as a producer whose party instincts regularly take priority. There's much energetic dancefloor fare on offer, from the booming basslines, retro bleeps and scratchy breaks of "Fustraightin", to the woozy UK Funky flex of "Reach" and the stabbing bounce of the darting title track. Despite the balls-out nature of his style, there's enough depth to suggest there's more to come in future.
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