Caught in the fork in the road between the cinematic and the musical, Sydney beatmaker Waza fuses starry eyes and tender words with slick hip-hop sensibilities and an effortless throwback vibe.
Taking his cue sonically from the likes of J Dilla, DJ Shadow and Pete Rock, Waza takes universal constants like love and attraction and distils them with master precision and a versatile brand of multi-instrumentalism, transcending the aural and the emotional and broadcasting it in CinemaScope and Technicolour.
A profound appreciation of both hip-hop and cinema fused itself into Waza’s musical sensibilities from a young age, resulting in a seamless blend of flawless technique with the vulnerability of human emotion. His beats are dusted with gritty traces of Blaxploitation and film noir, the aesthetic of bustling cityscapes and a keen knack for sonic story-telling. Waza dropped his first mixtape in early 2014, Love is a Battlefield, a story of love in seven acts, described by Waza as ‘a love story narrated with beats’. The mixtape’s rap sheet was long and formidable – hhhappy awarded it five stars, ABC’s Fenella Kernebone dubbed it ‘a little romantic nostalgia wrapped up in a great package of beats’, with the debut also winning spins and rotation from the likes of triple j, Unearthed, FBi and 2SER.
The success of Love Is A Battlefield set the proverbial stage for Waza’s latest musical vignettes, the Art and Technique Sessions, a story in three acts. The Sessions continue Waza’s characteristic process of taking technique and elevating it into an emotional and artistic experience, story-telling through the art of sampling.
The first cut, Spread a Little Love, cements Waza as a master craftsman in beatmaking. With its roots in an improvisation recording session in the seclusion of the Blue Mountains, Spread a Little Love layers Waza’s trademark film samples over a smooth beat and the live sounds of the sax and the organ in a Flume-meets-the-60s appeal. The track’s soft focus, highly infectious groove is irresistible, moving the mind, heart and body in the next chapter of Waza’s sonic cinema.
You can purchase the new track here.