UZ is more than just a name. It’s the sound of assaulting hi-hats reminiscent of a sub machine gun. UZ’s popularity came with his mixtape entitled ‘TRAP SHIT’ to which he gained the support of many established DJ’s and label owners such as Mad Decent, OWSLA, BNR, SMOG, and Mau5trap. Over the past two years he has remained on top of his game and a staple of the trap scene.
His identity is relatively unknown and he performs live with his signature mask for festival crowds and clubs alike. He has laid back beats with on point percussion that will get anyone swaying back and forth. But don’t be fooled by his minimalist approach as he has a tendency to manipulate trippy samples and leave audiences in awe.
His new single with Aazar, “Shake”, is a small treat for fans who have been missing his addictive style. Flooded with rapid fire hi-hats, booming 808’s, and of course a vocal sample ‘Shake what your momma gave you!’ The music, the mask, the gun. UZ is more than a man, he is a cult following.
Another rising American producer to watch out for is Henry Fong. One of his most prominent production projects was given away as a free download, “Stand Up”. In addition, he has several remixes and originals under his belt including a hard electro remix for Zedd’s “Stay The Night”, a remix for Kill the Noise’s “Mosh It Up”, a collaboration with MAKJ called “Encore”, a collaboration with Mike Hawkins and Pablo Oliveros “Jump!”, and many more. Whether it’s grimy, pounding electro-house or happy progressive, Henry Fong is a brilliant artist.
Just like some other popular free downloads (“Yee” and “Lose It” by Deorro), “Stand Up” has been picked up and signed by a major label; Skrillex and OWSLA were the lucky winners with “Stand Up”.
Since we’re talking about OWSLA, as you would expect, we are given a trap remix, a tech-house remix, and a wild-electro one to top it off. Milo and Otis deck this track out into a trap version. Destructo goes really dark and techy, giving is some grimy flare. DallasK gave the track a progressively, hard electro, OWSLA sounding remix. The package is out on February 11th.