Wheez-ie is a young Juke producer based in Houston, Texas and is gaining much respect for his on-point next level productions and headstrong dj sets. He is also only the 2nd artist in Well Rounded’s history to release a 2nd EP with us excepting our original champion Deadboy.
Last year we released Wheez-ie’s debut vinyl outing ‘All Werked Up’ – a merciless four-tracker that approached Juke from a number of fresh angles.
This time around we have worked closely with him to select material for a more conceptually linked EP. The music contained herein is in part homage to the early days of US Acid House and also the early 90s breakbeat hardcore sound of the UK.
The first track ‘Remember The Score’ encapsulates this modern day US meets old skool UK underground approach perfectly. An agonising and rising pitched-up piano intro cuts sharply away to a frenetic hoover enhanced 808 drum-machine workout. Bouncing subs support classic vocal edits with unrelenting energy pushing us headlong towards a cut-up breakbeat powered mid-section. We were left wheezing at the end of this 145bpm rave mayhem – not for the faint-hearted.
Up 2nd ‘Fuck Yer Shit’ is like acid house being chewed up and spat back out. Banging along on a 4/4 kick at 128 bpms this relatively simple track achieves a rich dark depth. The Blame sample in the drop should have seasoned ravers raising their hands before we hit the 2nd plunge into the acid abyss.
The third track explores a winningly familiar formula not heard round these parts for a good time. ‘Choke Hold’, again at 128 bpms, is a breakbeat acid monster that had us reminiscing about ‘Higher State Of Consciousness’. Forgetting about notions of post-this and future-that we figure this just HAS IT. We could not refuse this groove – so here it is!
Finally ‘Desire’ brings us back to 160 bpm and seems at first to be the most-contemporary sounding Juke production on the EP. But when Wheez-ie drops the fantastic Manix vocal in the breakdown he reminds us again of the theme of this EP – Rave, but in a fresh context as ever.
We really believe in Matt Mauldin’s talent and will continue to support him. We feel him truly deserving of the praise. We hear he has some interesting things lined up with some other influential labels – don’t miss out on this part of the story.