February 3, 2023

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Their EDM Premiere: It’s 2023, Time to ‘Party or Die’ – Meet Doctor Werewolf [Play Me]

Already a fixture on the Australian bass music scene, Doctor Werewolf has been releasing dubstep and trap since 2010. Since 2014 he’s been catching the ears of the likes of Simplify., Dim Mak and Disciple with his dubstep, so he’s become a bit of a mucky muck in that genre too. However, it was Reid Speed ​​and Play Me label boss Skellytn who spotted Doctor Werewolf’s hidden talent for D&B and signed him on to remix a track on Skellytn’s album Neurocomputer Remixed, which was released in May 2022. After an original track on Bassrush Records’ um-and-comers compilation album The Prophecy: Volume 6, it seems like a no-brainer for Play Me to finally bring the Werewolf up in all his Partywolf glory with his debut D&B EP to bring the world coming out this Friday.

Listening to his remix of Skellytn’s “Neurocomputer” and “Empty the Clip” on the Bassrush Comp, the uninitiated D&B fan might think that Doctor Werewolf’s style would lean towards serious, crunchy synth-neuro. However, his Aussie and bass fans will know that there is a strong party streak in his dubstep and trap work. Even “Fire” feat. MC Shureshock, the teaser track for Party Wolf, was also a bit raw and ready synth-wise and style-wise, but there’s a vein of dancefloor that belies the real party underneath. However, now that The Party Wolf is about to be unveiled, we can say categorically that Doctor Werewolf’s party is going nowhere.

By the way, it’s not just the “party”-soaked titles of the EP and many of their tracks like “Party or Die” and “Party Over Here” that mean pure partying. “Following Fire” is a Tasmanian devil off a track called “Love Take Me Higher” featuring KineticTheory, which is really just about any piece of rave you can cram into a track: repetitive, highly pitched vox samples, vintage synths, Ameny Snares, darkstep phrase fillers and so on weird floating scratch sample, airhorn or ragga vox all over an atmospheric background. There’s more partying in five seconds of this track than many of us see in an entire rave these days.

“Party Over Here” is more cohesive than “Love Take Me Higher” in that it follows a less frenetic timeline, but it’s certainly no less lively and fun. Doctor Werewolf channels early jump-up funk directives and sneaks in some sassy dubstep buildups and fart synths (come on, let’s call it a spade) in a throwback to the beloved brostep, easily the “most party-loving “ era of dubstep is. It’s also a segue into the closing track ‘U n Me’, another mess of a halftime/dubstep track that exudes pure Ravey McRavepants glee and would be the perfect set finisher with literally any genre at the end of a festival.

The opening track “Party or Die” is our YEDM premiere and definitely the EP opener for a reason. Again with some sneaky dubstep windups and screams reinforcing the track, “Party or Die” is the perfect introduction to Doctor Werewolf’s World of Party. Bridging the neuro and dancefloor worlds once again, this track pumps up the energy to prepare the listener for the madness to come. Can you come out the other side? The only option is of course “Party of Die”.

As the sonic equivalent of Adventure Time’s Party God character (who, by the way, is a floating wolf head; they missed an opportunity there), both Doctor Werewolf and Play me announce that they won’t be pulling punches in 2023. We can expect great things from both of them this year, who not least keep the party going with advice and action.

Party Wolf is out this Friday, January 13th on Play Me Records. Click here to pre-order or pre-save.