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Your EDM Premiere: Get ready for WAVHART to put you in a “dream state”. [Play Me Too]

WAVHART certainly caught Reid Speed’s eye with their unique blend of classic rave and modern jumpy beats and neuro-glitch synths. In fact, since his first genre-melting and mind-bending remix of Reid and Dr. Apollo’s “Aion” released almost exclusively on Play Me or Play Me Too at the end of 2020. With multiple singles on both labels through 2021 and 2022, it only makes sense that WAVHART’s landmark debut EP, To the End, would be released on Play Me Too.

A three track snapshot for those who may have been sleeping on WAVHART, To the End shows where he is now in his sound and how far he has progressed from his already high quality technique on “Aion”. All three tracks are D&B at heart, but it’s always fun to see new artists who don’t commit to a genre from the start; They’re generally much more free to just draw from anywhere, even when focusing on a specific beat style. The result is that the tracks on To the End aren’t tied to subgenres either, meaning there’s something for everyone here: bouncy, danceable beats, rave ambient work, and dirty neuro/speedcore vibes all flow together seamlessly.

The three-track To the End begins with its title track, a melodic vocal track featuring new-to-D&B singer Igarah. This track mixes minimal drum & bass, a more jump-up inspired D&B, Ameny breakdowns and glitch/experimental syncopation. With the art nu metal vibe of the vox and ambient support sounds, this is already a pretty intense mashup, but it gets even more genre-bending from there. The EP closing ‘Impulse’ is actually more breaks than D&B in terms of tempo and beat structure. It also contains some hardstyle house for the steppers among us. Interestingly, however, this track still feels very drum & bassy due to the many cuts and the design of the synths. A lot of D&B heads will be eyeing it, that’s for sure. That’s before the beat takes over and they dance to it.

Today’s YEDM premiere is the D&B track “Dream State”. There’s no mistaking the beat, tempo or vibe. With a solid, bouncy beat, however, it’s not your typical…well…anything. With a soaring and ravey (almost gabber-inspired) intro, “Dream State” purposely fails to prepare listeners for what’s about to happen after the drop: a downright filthy, neuro-inspired glitchfest on the synths. It’s a wild ride from there as the track vacillates between the sparkling happy hardcore techno track and the evil neuro stinker. If your dreams sound like this track, friends, we will pray for you. In the meantime, it absolutely needs to be played as loud and fast as possible on a big festie rig, like yesterday (we’re sure Reid Speed ​​has done that a few times already).

WAVHART is a lesson to D&B fans that the days of strictly adhering to subgenres or even genres should really be behind us. With an artist so creative and technically sound, why not let him go where he wants and follow his own mood? When EPs like To the End come out of it, we’d do well to avoid labels altogether. They are nothing more than descriptions anyway. Leave the words to us word nerd journalists and just get out there, find your vibe and party.

To The End is out this Friday November 18th on Play Me Too Records. Click here for pre-order and pre-stream links.