#SaturdayVinylHunt: Graze “Mweapon”

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A surprise record digged out on my regular saturday hunt. Graze is the duo of Adam Marshall and Christian Andersen (aka XI) and this is their 5th release on Berlin’s New Kanada label. Both producers hail from different corners of Toronto’s fertile club scene — Marshall from house and techno, Andersen from jungle and dubstep. The two met up in Berlin, and, as fans of each other’s work, decided to join forces for a series of “upfront dance-floor tracks” that occupy the netherworld between their respective traditions. Despite the skin-skimming name, Graze sink in deep. Fusing techno, garage, and the broken rhythms of contemporary bass. The project also represents an effort to look beyond club-music clichés. Their music has the kind of emotional weight and musical narrative that are all too rare these days — and it does it without resorting to the same re-pitched R&B samples and rainfall noises that are all too common in “deeper” strains of bass. Both tracks are dance floor friendly,  “Mweapon” is the choose of mine.

 

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