Boomkat Product Review:
Wyatt D. Stevens is back again with more top-tier hybrid club music, this time adding poetry, live instrumentation and unforgettable vocals. Like LTJ Bukem, Galcher Lustwerk, Galaxy 2 Galaxy, Carl Craig and Omar S partying together in an Upstate warehouse - so good.
'Untitled' continues Stevens' mission to re-establish NYC as an undeniable capital of house and techno. He's given us plenty of ammunition for the claim so far, but makes an even stronger case here, folding his own deadpan words over a careful, jacking NYC house backdrop. "Sometimes I think I'll feel alright, but something keeps me up at night," he utters on 'Judgement Child' as thick 909 kicks and snares rattle beneath. It's anxious but unmistakably funky, characterizing the feeling in a city that's desperate to spring back to life as soon as it's possible.
'The Influence Of' builds jungle breaks into the mix, reminding of bare bones dubs from early innovators like Omni Trio or Manix but adding an air of slick NYC energy. The jungle influence builds even further on standout high-point 'Simple As A Song', that calms the rolling breaks and hi-nrg hard dance kicks with utterly transfixing vocals from Mina Thomas and saxophone from AceMo's sis Yunie Mojica. This one's worth the price of the pack alone, and shows Stevens' talent for writing music that could potentially exist far beyond the confines of the club. V, V good stuff.