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Due to his superlative abilities as a selector and an untouchable track record in turntablism — he’s still the only DJ in history to wear the DMC crown three years in a row — it’s sometimes easy to forget that Miami-based DJ Craze also can cook up some serious heat in the studio. From hip hop to moombah to Miami bass, Craze can do it all. And while his release schedule is a little sparse compared to his produce-first-DJ-later peers, the level of quality on tracks like his Troyboi linkup “Baby Gurl” or the tropical 2012 cut “Selekta” match that of his one-of-a-kind DJ performances.
Today, however, we’re introduced to a new side of Craze’s production as he has offered up arguably his strongest EP to date. Sekkle is comprised of four new originals, all of which live well within the realm of low-end heavy downtempo. None of the tracks goes over 90BPM, so Craze’s style within Sekkle lends itself moreso to fans of Bassnectar and G Jones than other club-oriented producers present in Craze’s DJ sets.
The release’s title track is the standout cut, as spacious bass snarls and sharp, escalating stabs have a call & response effect fit perfectly to the slow-rolling tempo. “Rinse Dem Out” and “Da System” follow up nicely with similar, fuzzy bass rattles and sedated rhythms before the EP closes with a bit of expert scratching from Craze in “Real Widdit.” Altogether, Sekkle is an impressive outing from one of the true living legends of modern dance music and DJ culture.
Stream Sekkle in full below via Slow Roast Records and add it to your playlists on Spotify.