Boomkat Product Review:
Anime rave mashup queen Yazzus joins the Tresor stable with an Afro-futurist hybrid dance tome that feels like a necessary re-examination of electro. Highly recommended!
Born in Ghana, raised in London and now based in Berlin, Yazzus brings a confident spread of experience to her Tresor debut. She was a regular fixture on the London circuit before decamping to Berlin, and scouring her Bandcamp will reveal a colorful grab-bag of edits, booties and labyrinthine genre-averse originals; she's hard to place in a box, basically. "BLACK METROPOLIS" refines her outlook for a moment without diluting her motivation - she notes in the press release that she wants to give a nod to the '90s, while simultaneously harnessing her black, beautiful, queer and playful present. She manages it too, immediately impressing with 'Human Error Processor', a track that sounds as psychedelic and weightless as vintage Detroit biz from Carl Craig or Drexciya, but firmly grounded in contemporary polyrhythmic uptempo club trends.
'Perforated' is even more rambunctious, all rolling dungeon techno kicks and ASMR tick tick hats that subside midway though to give way to a pneumatic airlock electro rhythm that sounds like Jeff Mills at a fetish party. 'Three Deities' is our pick of the bunch, with a cheeky hard dance lead sound, psychedelic trance arpeggios and fast and furious hi-NRG rhythm that sounds as if we're locked between different club modalities, simmering in neon paint, poppers and Club Mate. Well good.