Artist info

Genre

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie


Tags

beats hip hop


Sounds like

J Dilla, Madlib, RZA, Q Tip


band members

Waza


Influences

J Dilla, Madlib, RZA


Bio

Sydney’s most ambitious sampler Waza has spent the first half of 2015 busily concocting an aural journey of amour, cementing his status as one of the most skilled beatsmiths on the scene with the Art and Technique Sessions. He’s taken you through the dizzy high of boy-meets-girl with Spread a Little Love, followed by the moody lows of a clash between lovers with Be With You. He now drops Part III of the Sessions, Tell Me How, a sonic rumination of the sweetness of making up, bringing the saga to its denouement. It’s a familiar ending with Waza’s distinctive vibe and penchant for innovation, scenes we’ve seen before in the hands of a master sonic storyteller.
Tell Me How is pure auditory sunshine, settled in Waza’s trademark groove of seamlessly blending organic human emotion with a keen ear for the technical. Taking its cue from vintage Daft Punk and Parliament-Funkadelic, Tell Me How is a brass-infused shot of liquid gold. It merges the rawness of 80s hip-hop and the smooth funk of the 70s with something distinctly modern, showcasing Waza’s clever ability to meld not just the artistic and the technical, but genre and decades. A cascade of samples, from the sultry tones of Elizabeth Taylor to the bubbly hiccup of the main vocal, layers over a feel-good collage of drum samples and keys. The crown jewel of the live trumpets brings it all together with a splash of cowbell. The track has been percolating in Waza’s home studio, shining through in its immaculate construction and vision. It’s an education in the art of sampling, at home on the airwaves or on the dancefloor, a fitting conclusion to the sensory experience that has been the Art and Technique Sessions.
Waza has made a name for himself with his audio-visual flavour of sample-driven hip-hop since the release of his 2014 debut, Love is a Battlefield. His uncanny ability to distil sepia-toned nostalgia with the cinematic and filter it through his sharp ear for samples has earned him a rep across radio and national blogs, including the likes of Richard Kingsmill, Dave Ruby Howe, hhhappy, triple j, Unearthed, FBi, ABC, and 2SER. His legacy grounded in the likes of J Dilla and DJ Shadow, Waza’s carved out a niche between the throwback and the now, a wistful yet urban film noir-soaked sound.
Tell Me How is the end of this lovers’ road - but it’s only the next step in Waza’s auditory evolution.

‘wistfully cinematic’
The Music

Review

Review by Lachie Macara Lachie Macara

25 Aug 2015

Triple J
40

You've created a real bright kaleidoscope of sounds here. Niiiiice.

You've created a real bright kaleidoscope of sounds here. Niiiiice.

Review

Review of Act 2 by Waza Richard Ki...

23 May 2014

Triple J
30

Love the American Graffiti vibe of this one.

Love the American Graffiti vibe of this one.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby ...

17 Mar 2014

Triple J
35

Waza's clearly got a grasp on his production tools and must have a near infinite sample library to patch together this beat collage.

Waza's clearly got a grasp on his production tools and must have a near infinite sample library to patch together this beat collage.