REZZ’s debut album is here, and buckle up, because it’s one hell of a trip through a hypnotic onslaught of wonky bass. The EDM community is a bit of a loss for words for what to call this subgenre that REZZ has thrived on for the past two years. I’ve heard the terms industrial bass and dark house thrown around, but my favorite has to be alien bass. REZZ really has procured a sound that hasn’t been exercised by anyone else, and it deserves a name that embodies the feel of it.
Mass Manipulation is an 8-track project that amounts to around 30 minutes, making it her first official LP. You’ll do anything but “Relax” during the intro track of the album. As a distorted, creepy voice coaxes you into a state of relaxation, REZZ drops a dripping wet bass line that kicks off Mass Manipulation perfectly. This is easily one of my favorite songs on the album, but there are still seven more tracks to journey through.
Before the album dropped, I had some slight concern that REZZ would continue with her signature sound that she used to amass her cult following. What I’m referring to is her structure of song that begins with a minor chord progression that eventually leads into a heavy drop that catches you off guard (see: “Plague”). Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s genius, and there’s a reason it worked so well for her, but I wanted to see more from Space Mom. I was pleased to see her sound evolve into something totally beyond what she started with, but still stick to her roots.
The rest of the album weaves you through some of the trippiest, grimiest, face melting leads and drops I’ve ever heard. A couple of my other favorite cuts off Mass Manipulation are “DRUGS!”, “Green Gusher”, and “Synesthesia”. If you weren’t a Rezzbian before you started listening to this album, you certainly will be afterwards.
Stream the entire album via REZZ’s SoundCloud right here: