When deadmau5 and Shotty Horroh‘s collaboration, “Legendary,” came out at the end of August, the rap-heavy track sent the electronic music community into a frenzy. Featuring heavy bass and an old-school melody to complement Manchester rapper Horroh’s fast-paced verses, “Legendary” manages to be both energetic and laid-back. The track showcases the breadth of deadmau5’s production skills and the intensity of Horroh’s prowess.
The music video for the track came out mau5trap on Sept. 11 and features quick clips of Horroh rapping, with cuts to deadmau5 working in the studio. The duo also incorporated screenshots of social media reactions to the track’s initial release. It’s a simple concept for a music video, but its easygoing, vintage vibe fits with the casual feel of the song itself.
Horroh worked with deadmau5 in the past on a track called “Okay,” and he signed with mau5trap at the end of July.
Currently one of the most talented producers signed onto deadmau5‘s mau5trap recordings, No Mana has hit a purple patch with his recent releases. Having released a fantastic electronic remix of deadmau5’s ‘Stay’ a month ago, and opening for Feed Me on his Existential Crisis tour, the intriguing producer took to Soundcloud to release his latest musical work — a groovy, synth driven rework of Svrcina’s “Island.”
Keeping the singer’s original vocals untouched, No Mana has added heavy synths in the background, with a bassline to boot. The results are mesmerizing, as No Mana adds the ideal amount of groove to the song while preserving the emotion that seeps through the original vocals.
Deadmau5 is always full of surprises. We assumed the man behind the mouse helmet might take a break after holding his wedding just last week. But as the saying goes, there ain’t no rest for the wicked. And the track Deadmau5 just dropped with Shotty Horroh is absolutely wicked. ‘The track features Shotty Horroh. The
For those of you who are unaware of EDM’s new upcoming artist, Notaker, now is the time to educate yourself. Notaker is known for many tracks such as “Infinite” and his recently appraised track “Shimmer.” His music has been released on some of the most well-known record labels such as Armada Captivating, Monstercat and Deadmau5’s
It’s a question that musicians, critics, and fans alike have pored over throughout the artist’s brief, but momentous musical tenure. Once dubbed by the masses as the “female Gesaffelstein,” Isabelle Rezazadeh has since transcended this reductive – albeit, highly laudable – characterization, to create a style that is entirely her own.
“People used to compare me to Gesaffelstein, but we don’t sound alike at all in my opinion,” REZZ told us in a conversation earlier this year. “There are some similarities… we both make dark music.” The 22-year-old producer further noted that she’s outgrown the phase of her career in which it is necessary, or even accurate to liken her music to that of other artists: “I find that as of late, I’m the one being compared to. I find that lately people are saying, ‘You sound like Rezz.’”
“I like simplicity in everything.”
Today, August 4, marks the biggest milestone of Isabelle Rezazadeh’s career to date, as she releases her debut album, Mass Manipulation. And, while she’s far past the point in her career when she was consistently – and inaccurately – referred to as “dark queen of techno,” the eight-track mau5trap LP puts forth her innate, authentic sound with greater strength and clarity than ever before in her career.
“I make this music in such a pure, real, could-not-be-more-authentic of a place in my brain and so it’s so natural and real for me. so for people to be saying it sounds like me means a lot to me because… it’s literally a part of who I am.”
Like any true artist, REZZ arrives at her signature sound through adhering to an intangible, but indomitable vision – one which comes from a psychedelic headspace that she describes as “almost inhuman.”
“It’s this part of my brain that I just can see and hear a certain vibe of music and sounds… and I’m really inspired by that,” she asserts. “I want to get as much music out of that part of my brain as I can.”
To attempt a reduction of REZZ’s music into typical genre stereotypes is to wallow in futility. In the producer’s own words, her music is “all very slow paced and chill and vibey, and [it] sucks you right in. It’s almost like a [hypnotic] void… you’re gone, but you’re all there, all at the same time.”
“That’s how I feel, that’s how I want other people to feel, and that’s what I’m inspired by,” she continues. “That’s the main thing i’m super inspired by, just getting my vision out there in the most accurate way possible.”
In terms of her modus operandi, it still makes sense to liken REZZ to Gesaffelstein. The vision which drives her necessitates that she integrate her authentic musical inspirations with her live show and overall aesthetic – arguably, her own sort of Gesamtkunstwerk. And, like Gesaffelstein, a major way through which REZZ achieves this mission is through an emphasis on raw minimalism.
“I love simplicity in music. I think it can be very heavy hitting and to the point… obviously complex tunes can be cool too, but I like simplicity in everything,” says Rezazadeh. “Simplicity in mindset, simplicity in clothing, simplicity in the way you present yourself. It’s totally a lifestyle.”
“ I feel like I’m making music that is telling people how to feel.”
Throughout Mass Manipulation, REZZ achieves her vision, in part, by channeling her passion for psychology. The artist acknowledges that her interest in cognitive science has made her “aware of [her] feelings, why [she reacts] to things a certain way, and why other people react to things a certain way.” A knowledge which, when harnessed properly, has allowed her “to evolve as a person and a producer, stay focused and motivated, and not lose track of [her] vision.”
Thematically, Rezazadeh’s album pinpoints the nexus between expressing her own feelings authentically and determining her audience’s reaction to their musical manifestation on a visceral level. “ I feel like I’m making music that is telling people how to feel,” she says. “I just want me, my music and everything about my brand to be based around hypnotizing the masses through my music,” she says. And, from the album’s hauntingly mesmerizing opener, “Relax,” the artist successfully endeavors to do just that.
When prompted to tell the story of Mass Manipulation in her own words, REZZ states, “It’s more of a reaction or commentary to modern consumption habits. We trade more in ideas and media than tangible things, so this is my intangible idea of how existence looks – or could look.”
“I just want… everything about my brand to be based around hypnotizing the masses through my music.”
Those who follow REZZ religiously are already well-versed in the canon of her debut album. In a fervently-followed album rollout, the artist provided her first impressions on “how existence looks” by released the first half of her album.
Over the course of the past month, Rezazadeh’s newly-released album singles – “Relax,” “Diluted Brains,” “Premonition,” and “Drugs!” – have become as important a facet of her musical catalogue as any other songs released in the past three years. Meanwhile, hitherto unreleased songs such as “Green Gusher” and “Synesthesia” have been staples in her sets for quite some time.
As a whole, the album traverses REZZ’s aforementioned musical vision, from the sinister psychedelia of “Drugs!” and “Green Gusher,” to the quaking minimalism of “Ascension” and “Diluted Brains.”
Additionally, the album plays host to what very well may be the most virulent production of Rezazadeh’s career thus far, “Livid.” In this maniacal, menacing track, REZZ has arguably achieved her most memorable output since 2016’s “Edge,” and has, once again, demonstrated the true breadth of her abilities.
With the thoughtful construction of Mass Manipulation, and with the visceral draw of songs like “Livid,” Isabelle Rezazadeh has proven that she’s far past the leap from “rising star” to dance music icon. Yet, despite her swift evolution to this artistic phase, the artist’s recruitments on the album indicate that she is still in touch with her inner bedroom producer.
More vocally than most of her peers within the industry, REZZ has used her highly-publicized album as a platform to highlight dark horse producers. She invites up-and-comers Knodis, 13, and Kotek on “Premonition,” “Drugs!,” and “Ascension,” respectively. By prominently including the aforementioned as collaborators, rather than featured (or uncredited) artists, Rezazadeh aims to offer these artists a similar opportunity in their nascent careers to that which deadmau5 provided her in the not-too-distant past.
In stark opposition to the “ensemble cast” collaborations which permeate much of today’s dance music climate, REZZ states, “I don’t care how big or small artists are, it’s all about the music to me.”
“People would be surprised how many talented unknown names there are out there,” she coyly adds, though she is quick to dispel any rumors of creating her own imprint in the near future. “I have thought about it but I’d rather put all my focus on my own music as that’s what keeps me sane & what I’m most passionate about.”
After full consideration of Mass Manipulation and Isabelle’s inspirations, we get a better sense of the previously-posed question, “How does one define REZZ?”
The Canadian producer can’t be defined according to her connection to a specific style or sect of ancestral artists. Nor should she ever again be lauded for being a tremendous talent “at her young age”; indeed, Rezazadeh is far past the stage of her career wherein focusing on her precocity doesn’t inadvertently detract from her deeply-conceived trajectory.
REZZ is at the forefront of a new movement. Hers is a mission which bridges the gap between commercial and underground dance music, and one which eschews formulaic success strategies for unique concepts and authentic sounds.
There’s a reason that hundreds of thousands of fans fervently flock to their fondly-dubbed “Space Mom.” Infiltrating an industry in which commodification strengthens its grip every day, REZZ is one of the rare producers who is strictly putting forth art.
And, in doing so, she’s creating an alternative blueprint for the new age of dance music
In a matter of a few years, Isabelle Rezazadeh has risen to top by not only cultivating her own brand of haunting, hypnotic bass music, but also by raising a loyal cult following. Over the past four weeks, REZZ has been steadily releasing the first four tracks (one of which we debuted here at DA) off her highly anticipated debut album, Mass Manipulation, out Friday, Aug. 4.
Mass Manipulation takes REZZ’s key production maneuverings, which draws on underground techno, hard house, and psychedelic bass, to soaring new levels. From the slick, aggressive bass lines of the Knodis-assisted track, “Premonition,” to the stabbing synth arpeggios of “Diluted Brains” and “Synesthesia,” to the ominous broken beat stylings of “Green Gusher,” the entire LP tells a cohesive story around the ideological forces that quietly guide our everyday lives. Rezazadeh herself elaborates on the album’s message,
Mass Manipulation’ is a commentary on how easily our minds can become manipulated by the things we consume in society. We consume heavily through the media, which, in turn, tries to curate our thoughts and dictate how we as humans are supposed to live and behave. This album plays off this idea and invites people to become hypnotized, allowing their brains to be manipulated by my music in the hope they might see things through a new perspective (perhaps an outer world viewpoint). One where everyone is free from the unrealistic expectations planet earth has drawn for them. A world of acceptance and hypnosis. @_@
The time has come for Rezz to unleash her debut album Mass Manipulation on the Mau5trap label. In true alien fashion, Isabelle Rezazadeh aka Space Mom, aka Rezz has been a touring machine. To put her work ethic into perspective I have seen Rezz five times in this last year alone. Not only has she
I have just finished my first in depth listen of Rezz’s debut album and to say that I am blown away would be an understatement. I had a good idea from the singles which were released leading up to the debut of ‘Mass Manipulation’ that we were in for a treat, but to hear Rezz’s
BlackGummy, real name Iman Marouf, has been no stranger to taking on hugely theoretical approaches in his sound design. From his debut EP Singularity, which chronicles the moment when A.I. will surpass human intelligence, to his newest Monolith EP, out now on mau5trap, it’s a wonder how the enigmatic L.A. producer translates deeply complex theoretical concepts into sonic airwaves.
Monolith is a 20-minute aural thesis on the communicative human event by which we pass down universal stories through the ages. The sound design is minimalistic, yet heavy and pure, while the ultimate message is supremely substantive and, admittedly, a bit clunky. What BlackGummy seems to be trying to grasp himself is the significance of symbolic cultures seeking to pass down the “meaning of life” onto structures, for instance, like those of the ancient pyramids and Stonehenge.
From the ominous opening of “Iconoclast” and the progressive waves of “Arp” to the eventual dark, soul-scraping synths of “Edifice,” BlackGummy serves as a sonic shepherd through a myriad of emotions.
The result is a spiritually nuanced, deeply perplexing, challenging and entrancing project that will leave you with more questions than answers.
Imagine a world where one could learn from one of the most unparalleled minds electronic music has to offer. Now imagine a competition in this world that coincides with a grand prize music release on said artist’s world renowned label.
Now get your head out of the clouds and back down to Earth, because this just in— deadmau5 is bringing this world to life and officially offering those students enrolled in his music production MasterClass a chance to be featured on an the next edition of We Are Friends,mau5trap‘s recurrent compilation series.
Entering the new artist competition is simple, but, of course, is easier said than done. Those interested must produce an original track under 10 minutes akin to the sound of other mau5trap releases – think progressive house or techno — and, importantly, must be created entirely organically. That is to say, proper submissions shouldn’t include any audio samples. Final tracks must be submitted via MP3 format beginning August 29 and will be accepted until the submission deadline rolls around later in September. The winner of the competition will be announced in December.
The winner of the competition will also be featured on a mau5trap album, earn guidance from (and a meeting with) deadmau5, and receive the following prizes: Native Instruments’ Komplete 11 Ultimate and Kontrol S61, and a prize bonus of $10,000.
Three finalists will also each receive $2,500 each and a Komplete 11 production suite from Native Instruments. Finally, 10 semi-finalists will receive $1,000 and the Komplete 11 production suite from Native Instruments.
For more information on deadmau5’s new artist competition here or to enroll in the MasterClass, visit here.