Waza is a producer based out of Sydney, and I have promoted his work two other times on the website: here and here. And played some of his music on episode 64 of Eat This Music, all the way back in June.
However, Waza is back with more great news, a full length debut album, called ‘Crooked Jaw’. Thanks to Waza sending me an early copy of the album, I was able to experience the great vibes he has produces before a whole lot of other people. One thing I have come to realise is that Waza’s ‘Crooked Jaw’ is mostly about space. Just by going off 9 of the 10 titles from Crooked Jaw; ‘Arrival’, ‘Transmission One & Two’, ‘Pluto’, ‘Stone on Mars’, ‘Rocks and Bones’, ‘Departure’, ‘Descend’, and ‘Floating’.
While Arrival has minimal vocals, it is a good introduction to the album, which sets the tone for what is to come. I was glad to see Bad Teeth have a prominent position on the album as it is one of my favourite songs Waza has created and I didn’t have to wait long at all to hear it again.
‘Transmission One’ is an odd song – if you can even call it a song – but it is exactly what you expect; and says in the name, it is literally a transmission of an astronaut talking to another person? I don’t know if it is an Astronaut, or just Waza. From what I can gather from the song and listening deep, the Astronaut is talking about some sort of outreach program.
‘Pluto’ is another instrumental-esq song featuring minimal vocals from another artist. Not much to make of the song, I do like the vibe though. It feels like it would suit for driving at night.
‘Stoned on Mars’ is definitely the odd song of the album, but in a good way, kind of like Bad Teeth, it features another artists than Waza, this time around, Stoned on Mars features MC’s EaRelevant & State Advanced. And this moves Waza from the earlier songs of Space exploration wub-wub synth music, right into his own turf of hip-hop music, and it’s great. I don’t know much about EaRelevant & State Advanced, but after listening to them in Stoned on Mars, I definitely want to take the time to listen to more of their work. I hope Waza works with them on future projects too.
‘Rocks and Bones’ is another song I had the chance to listen to prior to actually knowing Waza was working on an album. If I can recall – and with the help of Amrap – I originally played Rocks and Bones all the way back in June on Eat This Music. I enjoy Rocks and Bones a lot, and the addition of Aquila Young’s vocals makes this track soothing to listen to. The synth space music works together well too. So far this album is pretty good.
Okay, onto ‘Transmission Two’ and more transmission audio to decipher, this one is definitely more harder to understand than Transmission One, mostly because the vocals are distorted and hard to make out. Maybe I am thinking too much into this than I need to.
‘Departure feat. Broadwing’ is really good. I’m loving the use of the piano in this track more than the others, actually, on second thought, I don’t think much piano was used on the previous tracks at all. Well, not as noticeable as Departure. Broadwing’s vocals are really strong, he takes control of the song and leads you into the next adventure of the album.
With the album coming to an end, ‘Descend feat. Jeannine Peters’, sets the mood for a landing after all the rocks and bones, Mars, Pluto, transmissions, and chaos of a hip-hop space-synth you can handle in one album.
Following the descend of the album, Waza takes you on one last journey with ‘Floating’, as all you can do is sit there and enjoy the ride of emotion as the album comes to and end.
I really enjoyed Crooked Jaw. It actually threw me off, I was expecting a heavy hip-hop album, but it wasn’t, it was a fun space exploration album with a whole lot of synth and wub-wub music, with additional vocals from some great artists that I am now interested in checking out thanks to Waza.