Diplo’s Mad Decent label prides itself on staying one step ahead of the curve. Their latest signing is Danny Chien, an Australian producer who releases music under the guise of Wax Motif.
Since relocating to North America, Chien has been at the forefront of a burgeoning G-house movement in Los Angeles: a colloquialized term for the mixture of house music with familiar rap and hip-hop tropes. Alongside acts like Destructo and AC Slater, Chien has helped foster a steady community around the growing sub-genre.
To pigeonhole Wax Motif’s music would be disingenuous, however. His influences range from R&B, to disco and UK bass, and his diversity in the studio has attracted the attention of everyone from Mau5trap to OWSLA. His debut EP for Mad Decent, True Joy, is a reflection of this multi-genre approach, albeit with a G-house focus.
Spanning five tracks in total, True Joy will likely serve as Wax Motif’s biggest release to date. “I’m super pumped to finally release this new material to the world,” Chien says. “One of the tracks was started almost two years ago and after many late nights, scrapped demos and ounces of weed we’re finally here.”
The lead single from the EP is “Krush Groove,” a late-night house number with the kind of dark bassline that’s become a familiar trademark of Chien’s sound. The song employs little more than a stripped-down drum kit and lead synth to accomplish the job, yet therein lies the beauty of it.
Listen to Wax Motif’s “Krush Groove,” which Billboard is premiering exclusively and is available today with a pre-order of the EP. The True Joy EP is out on Mad Decent on Aug. 14.