Faze Miyake returns to his Woofer imprint for a second EP of vocal club abstractions, following July’s ‘Infamous’ — a record that featured collaborations with producers Sweyn Jupiter and JD. Reid, as well as MCs Capo Lee and Reeko Squeeze.
At five tracks long, ‘Evo’ forms Miyake’s most extensive body of work of recent times and is the product of long hours in the studio, where his sound continues to take on bold new shapes and ideas. Although famed for his tough grime beats and rugged, 808 programming, ‘Evo’ instead functions around vocalists and tight, away-from-the-club sensibilities.
Opener ‘Transition’ bubbles with classic RnG flavours as Qendressa lends soulful vocals to a sharp, skeletal instrumental that Miyake himself also spits over on the track’s closing verse. Having stepped out onto the mic for the first time proper on recent standalone single ‘Really & Truly’, Miyake’s calm, hyper-lean vocal delivery now forms an important part of his output.
‘Hercules’, a track co-produced by Torai, features in-demand young trio Belly Squad, who spar confidently over rolling, metronomic afro-trap beats, spiked with the sort of deft, earworm melody line not often associated with Miayke’s gritty productions and ‘Burse On The 12th Floor’ sees him return to the mic, the beat produced by long-time collaborator Splurt Diablo. Booming final cuts ‘Stay Woke’ and the much sought after ‘Lei Wulong’ zero back in on the club — the space from which his music still rings truest.
1. Transition ft. Qendressa
2. Hercules ft. Belly Squad (co-prod. by Torai)
3. Burse On The 12th Floor (Skit) (prod. by Splurt Diablo)
4. Stay Woke
5. Lei Wulong