HWLS and Shockone's collaboration Gamma is an absolute face-melter
Seriously big sounds from two of Australia's heaviest acts.
HWLS, the production alias of Perth-based Justin Elwin (also formerly known as Kit-Pop) and executive producer Ta-Ku, has already been responsible for some of Australia's biggest electronic songs, with the Future Classic signees treating us to a four-track, self-titled EP in 2014, an Adidas-sponsored collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign, plus remixes for everyone from Elizabeth Rose to Hermitude to Tokimonsta. With the project's second EP on the way, as well as some massive US support dates for Flume, HWLS has launched their second half of 2016 with Gamma, a thunderous collaboration with Perth drum and bass king Shockone. Gamma is about as face-melting as it gets, with an Eprom-esque distorted bass line meeting rapid-firing, Rustie-reminiscent synth melodies and crisp percussion claps. Comparisons and such aside, Gamma is a massive change-in-pace for HWLS, whose previous self-titled EP now feels far more restrained and carefully-calibrated, with the exception of the thumping single 003. That being said, I feel the frenzied messiness of Gamma really works will in both HWLS and Shockone's favour - it's untamed and primal, attacking with fierce punches of bass. Whether the forthcoming HWLS EP mirrors this or returns to their more sophisticated side is something that only time can tell, but either way, it's gonna be a bloody strong release. Check out the track below.
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