Withholding is a sick kind of punishment, but when one withholds from oneself, great things sometimes grow. Maybe you'll create some fire tracks, like Wax Motif and his two-tune EP Tokyo.
"I decided to stay home and work instead of going to Coachella weekend 1 and started getting serious FOMO,” the L.A.-based Australian says in an emailed statement. “The only thing I could do was switch my phone off, get off socials and go in. I made 'Tokyo' and most of 'Make It Rain' that night and sleepily decided to shoot them to Tchami and pass out. I wake up and there's a bunch of WhatsApp replies, saying the tracks are sick and asking what I was doing with them. I think we both already knew they belonged on [dance label] Confession."
Tchami is a purveyor of the darker side of funk, and in that sense, Tokyo is perfectly at home on his label. The title track is devilish house at its grooviest. A Japanese xylophone melody brightens the heavy bass between bum-shaking wonks. The groove goes one deeper on “Make It Rain,” a cool, synth-heavy hit that once again drives the listener to get low on the murky, bass-fueled dance floor.