This morning I heard (for the first time) the sounds of Waza, a Sydney based producer. His mixtape, Love Is A Battlefield, is a narrative told in 7 acts, all of which track the glittery, starry-eyed, silver screen’s accounts of that lovin’ feeling.
Full of romance and 1950s nostalgia, undercut with such a slick contrasting injection of tight hip hop rhythms, the mixtape uses samples from Moon River by Audrey Hepburn (Act 3), Drive covered by Julie Anthony (Act 5), and one of my personal all time favourites, Sleep Walk by Santo and Johnny (Act 7). All of it is held together with dialogue from the 1950 film How Do You Know It’s Love?, released as an educational vid targeted at teenagers to get them thinking clearly about the concept of ‘real love’.
This is such an interesting, clever record. To me, it is clear that Waza is doing what all electronic producers (and God knows there are thousands of them) aim to do. He’s taking eclectic, unexpected, original samples and cutting them into something fresh, exciting and ripe for the plucking. 5 stars man, I’ve been listening to this on repeat all day.
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