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Premiere: hybrid nocturnal grooves on LAZA's hyper-atmospheric 'WTBWH'

The lead single from Darker Than Wax's forthcoming 'Bodyclock Vol.2' compilation offers a tantalising taste of what's to come

  • Patrizio Cavaliere
  • 27 July 2021
Premiere: hybrid nocturnal grooves on LAZA's hyper-atmospheric 'WTBWH'

Singapore's ever-reliable Darker Than Wax label return with the second instalment of their excellent 'Bodyclock' series.

'Bodyclock Vol.2' sees the team cast the dance net far and wide, assembling a truly global cast of contributors plucked from the vanguard of the new school. Shining a light on the respective scenes in Vancouver, Osaka, Tokyo, Cape Town, Vienna, Karachi, Amsterdam and beyond, label co-founder Dean Chew takes us on a heady joyride through nuanced shades of the international dance underground.

The first single to arrive from the compilation is the album's opening track, 'WTBWH' from LAZA. Here, the Amsterdam-based producer presents a gorgeously atmospheric hybrid club track, with mysterious pads combing with emotive synth textures that glide effortlessly over sinister bass notes and moody vocal chops. The cut is galvanised by a persuasive broken rhythm, rolling with intent over four-and-a-half engrossing minutes, embellished throughout with thick organ stabs and carefully placed funk licks.

Elsewhere on the eight-track compilation, highlights come thick and fast: including the acid-sax amalgam of 'Jack The Sax (Move Your Body) by Osaka veteran Akio Nagase; the '80s-flecked bass boogie of 'Good Thing' by RGL; the nocturnal electro badness of '56k Modem' by B Visible; and the pounding acid urgency of 'Couch Dynamics' by Tollcrane. 'Bodyclock Vol.2' provides left of centre dance floor fuel from start to finish and is a fine addition to the ever-expanding DTW catalogue, proving once more that the bubbling Singapore label community continues to punch above its weight on the worldwide stage.

'WTBWH' from LAZA is out July 28 and the 'Bodyclock Vol.2' album follows on September 10, you can pre-order here

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