Relax with REZZ
Helen Sung | Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Rezz (aka Space Mom) blessed us all with her bass heavy, alien-trippy, brainwashing studio debut album “Mass Manipulation.” The title itself reveals Rezz’s dark, cynical side that is portrayed in her intertwined passions of EDM and human cognitive psychology.
Rezz, a 22 year old from Niagara Falls, has quickly caught the attention of high profile EDM artists and possesses an ever-growing cult of fans. The main experience that got her into producing was watching a deadmau5 concert — she is in fact now working under his label, mau5trap. Her signature sound, incomparable to other artists, and her iconic goggles are enough to mesmerize you. The juxtaposition of Rezz’s petite frame and slow, heavy beats adds a mystifying perception that draws you in.
“Relax” is the first track on the album and is comparable to a session of guided meditation. The nature of the hypnotic, eerie voice followed by a layer of Rezz’s signature walking bassline puts one in a trance-like state. The listener surrenders to the space beyond what words can describe, where the notes start and end, into what sounds like Space Mom’s channeling of shared human anxieties. And we love it.
If you want to wake up from your relaxed state and diluted brain, turn your speakers up for “DRUGS!” and have a head banging session when that drop hits. This aggressive track is definitely one of Rezz’s harder beats — even making you feel like you are part of a sci-fi movie.
The entire album is characterized by a hyper awareness of the malleability of our minds, masked human inclinations and the sinister realm residing in our heads. The provocative industrial beats may leave us asking “what would my mother think if she listened to this?” but inevitably leave us coveting more.
Fun fact: She puked in her hand onstage on her set at EDC Las Vegas because she did not sleep the night before and was overwhelmed.
You can listen to the album on Spotify and Soundcloud. Rezz will be performing at Concord Hall in Chicago on Oct. 14 at 9:00 p.m. and Oct. 15 at 8:00 p.m. for her Mass Manipulation tour. If you want to transcend reality for a night, I highly recommend you attend her live sets.
Album: Mass Manipulation
Favorite Track: Diluted Brains
If you like: Deadmau5, Skrillex