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Cuckoo Clocked

by Wasted Chicago Youth

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Wasted Chicago Youth are Justin Long and Mazi Namvar; Chicago’s well known underground house militia. With their latest invention, the duo breathe life back into the sleeping giant that is Chicago House Music. It’s no small order, but both artists feel the time has come to get their hometown back on top of a scene that has in recent years seen its status trivialized – mostly from within.

Justin is well known for his No Assembly Firm productions, releasing on labels like Classic, Music For Freaks, Junior Boys Own and Robsoul. Fresh Meat’s Mazi is no stranger to successful collaborations and has worked with some of the most influential and established labels in electronic music. Together these two recently dropped their WCY debut on Justin’s Dotbleep label, which is distributed from the U.K. by 2020 Vision Recordings. Their first EP has received praise from all corners of the house and techno, world gaining fans from Tuning Spork head Jay Haze to hometown artists like DJ Heather.

On this first project for Fresh Meat, WCY present two songs that epitomize their no nonsense style. The title track “Cuckoo Clocked” and both versions of “Meditate On The Soda” are equal parts tribute and exploration. A hasty listen to “Cuckoo Clocked” will bring memories of staple releases on Chicago labels like Cajual or Prescription, but close attention, and actually playing the track on a club system, reveal a depth of programming and sound design that is unique and thoroughly modern. “Cuckoo Clocked” revs up with a thumping, structurally simple rhythm track that ebbs and flows via a surgical array of constantly growing and shrinking percussion and drums flowing atop warm bass and stacked piano stabs. Forward and reverse leads and chords move the track until an iconic one note string brings the necessary emotion to an otherwise relentless groove. “Meditate On The Soda” is cut from the same cloth, with a distorted electric piano lead, chopped horn riffs, tweaked analog synth licks, a dual layer live / subsonic growling bass and a flanging thrashing drum track that sticks long after the music stops. The Diet Mix is a journey for more utilitarian DJ’s and the Sugar Mix is a detail intensive ride for the heads.


released October 31, 2008


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Fresh Meat Records Chicago, Illinois

Fresh Meat Records is home to producers influenced by the “other side” of Chicago House. Fresh Meat has recently released several vinyl and digital projects featuring music by Derrick Carter, Mike Huckaby, Audio Soul Project, MANIK, DJ Jes, Luis Baro, and Chris Udoh. ... more

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